As if growing up isn’t hard enough, just throw a little acne in the mix to make it 10 times worse! If your teen has acne, here’s some advice from a parent who’s been around the block a few times!
Usually, a pediatrician wants to try 3 different antibiotics (Minocycline, Doxycycline and Tetracyline) for 3 months each, plus a few topical creams (like Differin and Benzoyl Peroxide), before giving a referral to a dermatologist. By that time, the acne is usually full blown, and your teen is refusing to show her face in public.
Once the teen finally sees the dermatologist, all they usually have to offer is Accutane, which is not a tame drug. It used to be effective, back in the day! Now, they’ve changed it, and all it did was raise my daughter’s cholesterol to 250, and make her complexion even worse! In addition, if you’re a girl, they want to put you on birth control pills, because it can help clear up hormonal acne, and it helps prevent pregnancy, since the risk of birth defects is high while taking Accutane.
If I had to do it all over again, I’d head straight for Dr. Jacob Rispler’s office in Irvine, CA. Dr. Rispler is a dermatologist, who uses medication, skin care products and in some cases, lazer light to treat acne. In desperation, we went to see Dr. Jacob Rispler, after going through years of ineffective acne treatment. He’s the only dermatologist and lazer surgeon, in our experience, who knows his stuff and gets results!
All of the other pediatricians and dermatologists kept my daughter on topical medications that she was allergic to, prescribed birth control that was later recalled, prescribed medication that wasn’t even approved to treat acne, and continued to place her on higher and higher doses of the new Accutane, even though her complexion was getting worse and her cholesterol was dangerously high.
If you don’t live in southern California, and you can’t see Dr. Rispler, all I have to say, is maybe you should plan a family vacation to Disneyland and schedule a visit to his office in Irvine! If that’s not in the budget, I’d do my homework, and investigate every medication thoroughly before filling a prescription. If a medication isn’t working or is causing alarming side effects, I’d insist on changing to a different medication right away. I’d also be wary of putting my teen on a new fangled drug that hasn’t stood the test of time.
Most importantly, I’d spend time networking with friends and scouring the Internet to find a quality dermatologist, who knows his stuff and gets results fast! It should take months, NOT YEARS, to notice improvement and get your teen’s acne under control! If your dermatologist isn’t getting results, then it’s time to switch doctors! If your medical insurance is mediocre, like mine was, it may be worth it to upgrade for a while, so you can choose a reputable dermatologist that specializes in lazer light treatment. Unfortunately, the old adage seems to be true in this case, “You get what you pay for.”
Oh yeah! There are also lots of skin care products available in stores or online! Some of them are kinda pricey, but none of them did the job! Proactiv is an especially popular one, and it may work for some people, but all it did was discolor my new bathroom towels!