This is a little out of my usual scope, but lately I’ve discussed “what’s helped my daughter’s acne” with a few people and realized it might help some of you, too. I fully believe that there are SO MANY POSSIBLE solutions for acne but that each person’s is different. As someone who suffered with acne, I was very sympathetic to my daughter’s plight. Telling her what worked for me wasn’t helpful, since I think we can all agree that pregnancy is NOT the answer!
Her acne started when she was 11-ish. It appears almost exclusively on her upper forehead, near her hairline. The hippie in me had us trying several natural remedies that didn’t work for her (honey, avocado, yogurt, banana and other yummy face masks), in addition to our cod liver oil and traditional foods diet. We’ve also tried the light masks, which didn’t help, though we gave it a few months. And she has also always used a Norwex body cloth on her face. That was one of my first efforts with her that didn’t work on its own, but she keeps it as part of her regimen.
The first thing that made a significant improvement in her acne was this probiotic:
It was by pure chance. I don’t remember WHY I picked this one. I do remember thinking “well it only has three strains, that’s not so hot.” I think I was looking for something that was more affordable than what we had been using previously. And I think I had just read some book on gut health that listed various strains. Anywhooo, I bought it. She started using it and wow, it made an impact. A few years later, I asked if we could try another (cheaper) probiotic. Maybe her situation is overall better? We did. Bad idea. We are now confident that Kyo-Dophilus is part of her solution and buy the 120 count! A male friend also tried this and had success.
This did not clear things up 100% (maybe 85%, which is still HUGE) and we also started using the AcneFree system (available just about everywhere). I wasn’t thrilled about this but when kids suffer from acne, it’s not just the physical discomfort of the skin. There’s suffering. And I felt for my girl.
Eventually, she decided to start ADDING oil to her routine and has found some blend that she feels works for her. Mostly argan and jojoba. So now she uses the AcneFree in the evening, water and the Norwex cloth followed by oil in the mornings. She still had breakouts (again, mostly upper forehead), though nowhere near like before and definitely influenced by hormones and stress.
On a whim, at the beginning of the summer, I had her try sea buckthorn fruit oil (internally).
Her skin had its best summer ever (since puberty)! Clear! I thought it might have also been that she was getting enough sleep and her stress was reduced. I wasn’t sure it would last once school started, stress increased and sleep was reduced. But it did!
Then Piping Rock was out of stock on the sea buckthorn oil and she went without. In about a week her breakouts increased. And didn’t improve. So that’s where we are now. I ordered another brand and we’ll start it up and see how it goes. Once the Piping Rock brand is back in, I’ll be stocking up!
[We did order another brand on Amazon that seems to have worked. It took a bit for me to find one that was similar (the fruit oil vs the seed) and the same dosage AND not too pricey. I’m very happy the Piping Rock sea buckthorn oil is back in stock. The Teen wants me to stock up for the summer. ]
We seem to have found what works for her and it may or may not work for you or your loved one. But I am sharing in case it does!
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I would love to try a sample for my 14 yo daughter. She also struggles with teen acne breakouts. My husband uses probiotics to help heal his issues with leaky gut. We find that we usually have better results with healing our bodies through natural means than other means with risks of side effects.
Diane, I was trying every natural thing I could and was about to give up when this worked for us. Everyone’s so different, but it’s great you can try this for your 14yo. The sample won’t be a large amount, but it’ll be a start. Just hit reply on this morning’s email and I’ll send you details to get your sample. Thanks for reading!
I have been giving my kiddos probiotics since they were infants. My oldest is now a preteen and is starting to struggle with acne so I would love to try this type with her. I actually looked for it this weekend when I went grocery shopping and didn’t see any so I would LOVE to receive some and get her started on it!
Sarah, I’ve only seen it at Sprouts, but I haven’t looked anywhere else. But let’s get you your sample and see how it works for her!
I have been using probiotics for years – and have definitely noticed that they are not all created equal! I’d love to try one that is tested and true for someone else. Thanks!
Let me know if it works for well for you!
I’ve got 2 with teen acne and would love to try them on something that may help:)
Let me know if this does help!
My son struggles with acne so bad even the dermo dr is struggling with fixing it. Would love a sample it would so help with his social phobia im sure. Thanks for sharing.
I’m so sorry he’s struggling so. I know how that is. I will say that if one of the dermatologist treatments is antibiotics, that might greatly impact his gut flora. A probiotic might REALLY help in that case.