3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community  

Go Back   3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community > Support Forum > General chatter

General chatter Because life isn't just about dieting. Play games, jokes, or share what's new in your life!

Thread Tools
Old 09-22-2011, 02:06 PM   #1
getting back to 140
ddc's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,158

S/C/G: 155/154.2/140

Height: 5'7"

Default Experience with dermatologists and acne?

Hi all,

My son is 14 and has had pretty bad acne for about a year.
We've tried different over the counter cleansers and a friend gave me some Proactiv that her kids never used and nothing seems to be helping.
I'm thinking our next step is the dermatologist. Anyone have any experience and did they do anything that really helped?
We have a high deductible insurance plan, so whatever they charge, I'll be paying out of pocket. I hate to waste money, but I really want to help his poor face.

ddc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2011, 04:21 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 353

S/C/G: 145/160/120

Height: 5'6


My brother also had fairly bad acne around that age. Obviously everyone is different but he had great success with tetracycline (An antibiotic I think). I think in total he had two one month courses, and his acne totally cleared up for good.

I had a bit of rather late acne (At 19, and only around my chin) I also tried tetracycline but it didn't really do anything for me, but then mine seemed to very hormonal-which the pill sorted out.

I hope you can find something which works out for your son
serendipity907 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2011, 04:23 PM   #3
Changing my life
rachaelm's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: WhoDat Nation
Posts: 774

S/C/G: '09HW337 '11SW 314.0/266.6/155

Height: 5' 6"


I say spend the money on the dermatologist. There really are good products for acne that are available by prescription only.

I don't think it will be a waste of money.
rachaelm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2011, 04:24 PM   #4
Senior Member
cherrypie's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Vancouver Island
Posts: 1,014

Height: 5'5


your regular doctor may be able to do a lot without seeing a dermatologist
Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God
cherrypie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2011, 08:50 PM   #5
Knocking down walls.
theox's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Southeastern US
Posts: 1,597

S/C/G: 278/ticker/125

Height: 5'4"


I had pretty bad acne for a few years. I was on a few different prescribed products, but the dermatologist eventually got it cleared up with two prescription meds and an OTC wash. Now I just keep the acne to a minimum with the OTC stuff. Acne's embarrassing (and sometimes painful), and can cause lifelong scars. I don't think taking your son to a doc would be a waste of money - it's an investment in him. And don't give up if the first med(s) the doctor recommends don't work.

1 banana/5 lbs. lost:
theox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2011, 07:41 AM   #6
is chubby
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 358


If it is "serious" acne then you should go get strong antibiotics from your doctor. It can even lead to your kid having facial scars for life if you do not catch it early on.

It is best to act on it quickly and not just hope they are teenage pimples. A heavy skin infection can be a cause of a lot of mental stress, bullying, etc.

My cousin had acne and treated it with antibiotics and a hormone supplement. Of course doctor prescribed only.
Chubbykins is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:03 AM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2