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Influence...

There are several threads on this board with many people that are willing to share their stories...all kinds of stories: successful, unsuccessful and all that falls in between.
You might try reading past posts. Maybe use the search engine and inquire about your particular situation...age, skin type, meds used (both past and present) diet, etc.
From where I sit...reading the past posts have been helpful.
I understand and sympathize with your frustration...YOU are only 14 years old. I know that kids can be cruel and critical of others. There is nothing that justifies you being teased...I can't tell you that I know what it's like to have adolescent acne...mine decided to reveal itself in my late 20's.
There are several methods and treatments that you can try. However, no one can really tell you what worked for them may work for you. We are all different. In a little over a week I can tell you that Doxycycline 100 mg 2x a day, Brevoxyl wash 4% 2x a day and Differin cream 1% at night has done wonders for my face in a short time. AGAIN...this has been (knock on wood) my experience. It might not work for you...your brother is right. Alot of meds (topical specifically) may give most an initial breakout. I know it sucks in the beginning...all the new pimples that weren't there before are now laughing at you in the mirror! But he is right...what is happening is the most of the topicals (prescription) are slowly striping your skin...looking for new skin and promoting cell renewal. Unfortunately, in the process of cleaning out your pores, pimples that have been lying in waiting for a trigger (whether that be stress induced, diet, weather, hormones, etc.) to come out.
If you try a med prescribed by your Derm...give it at least one month. You won't be sorry. If you stop in mid-treatment you will be sorry in the long run. If you stop you will be left with a bigger mess than you started with.
Most importantly...see a Derm. Only he/she can tell you a true recommendation...It is their business. They are professionals who get paid a nice, fat salary for a reason.
We are all here for the same reason, sweetheart. We are all looking for support and encouragement from other's who have suffered along with us.
Best advice to you is to be patient. I hope that you can find solice in the fact that there IS a light at the end of the tunnel.

Sincerely,
Jennifer :wave:





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