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Well, I'm 17 and i have bad acne on my face and shoulder blade area. I have been to a Dermatologist and they have given me just about every type of benziol peroxide wash. and antibiotics i refuse to take anything like acu-tame or the like due to the side effects. Is there any good remedy's or soaps or sure fire ways to rid of acne? Thanks so much!
 

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You might try aloe vera. My cousin had TERRIBLE acne right into adulthood, but when he started drinking aloe vera juice (about an ounce a day, as I remember it) and using aloe vera gel on his acne, it cleared right up.
 

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I heard that brewers yeast daily, just mix in juice or water, will help.
If you are female, and are not already on birth control pills, they help control acne because they control your hormone levels which is what usually contributes to teenaged acne (and also menopausal acne which is surprisingly common)
 

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Well, I'm 17 and i have bad acne on my face and shoulder blade area. I have been to a Dermatologist and they have given me just about every type of benziol peroxide wash. and antibiotics i refuse to take anything like acu-tame or the like due to the side effects. Is there any good remedy's or soaps or sure fire ways to rid of acne? Thanks so much!
Male or female? If female, on the pill? If on the pill, which one?
 

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Well, I'm 17 and i have bad acne on my face and shoulder blade area. I have been to a Dermatologist and they have given me just about every type of benziol peroxide wash. and antibiotics i refuse to take anything like acu-tame or the like due to the side effects. Is there any good remedy's or soaps or sure fire ways to rid of acne? Thanks so much!
I have this and Psoriasis as both a child and adult. Same problems back and forth to specialists. I use lye soap and it clears it right up. Give it a try and stop using detergent soaps. Good Luck.
 

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You might try aloe vera. My cousin had TERRIBLE acne right into adulthood, but when he started drinking aloe vera juice (about an ounce a day, as I remember it) and using aloe vera gel on his acne, it cleared right up.
Where do i get aloe vera juice?
 

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There are a lot of misconceptions out there about acne, I think.

Acne is NOT caused only by too much oil production. It is caused by a blockage to the oil gland, so that the oil backs up. This can be caused by a number of things including too much oil production, eating an unbalanced diet and not drinking enough water and not cleaning the area properly.

Yes, you do need to use an oil-based product on oily skin. The reason to use oil-based moisturiser for oily skin is because it creates a fine barrier of oil on the surface and 'tricks' the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil, so it will stop. Overtime, it actually helps to balance out oil production.

Do NOT use alcohol on your skin. It is very drying and your skin is very sensitive at the moment. Acne is not a normal skin condition, so alcohol can lead to a lot of irritation.

A facial mask with clays would be beneficial.

Stop using commercial soap on your skin. Only buy handmade soap. The mass produced soaps are incredibly bad for skin, containing synthetic chemicals such as SLS.
 

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You might try aloe vera. My cousin had TERRIBLE acne right into adulthood, but when he started drinking aloe vera juice (about an ounce a day, as I remember it) and using aloe vera gel on his acne, it cleared right up.
I have this and Psoriasis as both a child and adult. Same problems back and forth to specialists. I use lye soap and it clears it right up. Give it a try and stop using detergent soaps. Good Luck.
Where can i get some of this lye soap?
 

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Aloe Vera Juice can usually be found at a pharmacy. CVS carries it in small quantities. I think it was about $10 for 10 ounces, but KMart has Fruit of the Earth brand $10 for a 3+ liter jug. I think they're is organic, too. I could never get past the taste, but maybe you'll like it.

ALL soap is made with lye. It's one of the necessary ingredients to create soap. You'll see it listed on your soap label as lye, sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide or there may be wording like "saponified oils of.....". What Raynewolfe is probably referring to is handmade soap. Many times this was called lye soap. There are several forum members who sell soap, Muller's Lane Farm, beaglady, MELOC, tater's pa, just to name a few. There may be some listed on the barter board right now, or pop into the soapmaker's subforum and ask.
 

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Aloe Vera Juice can usually be found at a pharmacy. CVS carries it in small quantities. I think it was about $10 for 10 ounces, but KMart has Fruit of the Earth brand $10 for a 3+ liter jug. I think they're is organic, too. I could never get past the taste, but maybe you'll like it.
You don't like the taste? I always thought it was incredibly refreshing. My mom used to keep a jug in the fridge (going back to the eighties here -- my aunt used to get it for her, hoping it would help her arthritis) and I could never stay away from the stuff. :D
 

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You don't like the taste? I always thought it was incredibly refreshing. My mom used to keep a jug in the fridge (going back to the eighties here -- my aunt used to get it for her, hoping it would help her arthritis) and I could never stay away from the stuff. :D
I even tried putting it in my orange juice and I just didn't like it. I switched to Apple cider vinegar in warm water with a small spoon of honey mixed in. :icecream: Now I just use the Aloe Vera Juice to make soap!
 

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Where can i get some of this lye soap?
I've heard of serious acne problems being helped with garamycin cream or ointment. Unfortunately most doctors look down their noses on using an antibiotic for that purpose, since long term use also kills off the normal flora on the skin and creates its own set of problems. Still, you might ask your doctor about it.
 

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Chiming in here since I used to be an esthetician prior to kids! Did the derm say it was regular acne or cystic acne? If it is cystic acne you have two options 1. take the medicine the derm will perscribe although you are concerned about side effects as you should be or 2. wait and see if you "grow" out of it although you may not. If it is regular "teenage" acne I would suggest the following:
1. Monitor you diet and cut out any unecessary fats i.e. chips, french fries, etc.. what you eat and drink will show up on your face.
2. Use a mild soap such as basis or neutrogena in the am, afternoon and at nite. Do not use anything harsh to scrub your face w/ as it will aggravate your face. Walmart usually carries round facial sponges (about 4") which are great to use and gentle.
3. After washing/drying your face w/ cotton apply witch hazel. This will remove any excess oil the soap may not have gotten but will not strip your skin of it's natural oils which it does need.
4. There are remedies out there that contain Tea Tree oil which is great for treating breakouts. If you can't find a "spot treatment" you can usually find Tea Tree oil at a health food store. I'd suggest you mix about 1/2 a tablespoon of aloe vera gel w/ two drop of the tea tree oil (in the palm of your hand) and then apply the mixture where needed.
5. Use a clay or mud mask once or twice a week. You can find decent one's at most drug stores. These are also great as "spot" treatments if you want to target one or two breakouts on your face. Toothpaste can also be used as a "spot treatment"
6. Make sure you are taking a shower in the am and in the pm! At your age your hormones are changing which can contribute to the acne as well.
and finally don't pick or squeeze!!!! that is very bad and will make things worse!
Good luck pumpkin!
 

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My teenage daughter had acne as well. We tried proactiv, etc. Finally on the recommendation from one of her friends, she now uses "Nature's Cure". We get it at Wal-Mart, and there is a product for males and for females. She's had very good luck with it.
 

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I feel alot of the time acne can be cured with nutrients that are lacking in the processed food we eat . So supplements play a vital role in a clear complexion, calcium helps balance the ph of the skin , vitamin A helps skin to rebuild after breakouts, a good B complex that is well balanced in all the B vitamins including pyridoxin, pantothenic acid.
riboflavin and folic acid, this will help reduce oil on the face that causes black heads, vita C to help the infection not spread, vita D to aid in calcium intake,vita E to prevent scaring

nutrition almanac says
vita A 50,000 ius a day for a month
vita B 5-15 mgs
niacin 100mgs 3 a day
pantothenic acid 300mg
vita C 1000 mgs
vita D 200-400 mg
vita E 400 ius
calcium 1000mg

It may be helpful to wash bedding often and stay away from dairy products like the puss milk we buy at walmart, ice cream ,cheese. Often acne can be a food reaction to dairy.
especially if ones. been on anti biotic in the past . also a skin lotion with coq10 in it may help. best hopes for you.
 
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