Yes, my daughter has got acne too.
She has already been using benzoyl peroxide lotion on prescription for about a year, and it seemed to control her spots pretty well, to the point where her skin was often clear. But over the past couple of months, she has developed a lot of spots on her forehead and a few elsewhere too, including her neck and back.
I tried not to panic. My husband still thinks my younger son shouldn’t have gone on Roaccutane. But when you’ve been through what we’ve been through, it’s hard not to worry when you see your kids’ skin going downhill.
I was surprised that she hadn’t mentioned it. And I thought that as she hadn’t mentioned it, maybe it was OK.
Ironically, it was my husband who was the first one to actually say out loud that he was worried about it. So I brought the subject up with my daughter, who wasn’t concerned. She has at least one friend with acne worse than hers. But I doubt that friend has a family history of severe acne.
So, even though she’s not that bothered, I had to make her an appointment with our lovely skin specialist GP because we can’t take the risk of her skin going like her brother’s did. Obviously she is a lot younger than he was, but girls tend to go through puberty earlier than boys, so I don’t know when to expect things to go badly wrong and I can’t risk waiting for it.
Having acne for a boy is hard. I suspect it would be harder for a girl. It was no walk in the park for me as a teenager and I was ‘lucky’ that I only had moderate acne as a child – the severe acne didn’t hit until I was in my 40s.
The doctor had no hesitation in prescribing my daughter Lymecycline, the antibiotic that both of my boys have taken for acne. At 12, she is only just old enough to take it, but I’m not willing to wait any longer to see if the lotion will control her acne. She will probably be on the antibiotics for six months, but I don’t hold out high hopes for it working.
As we left, the doctor said: “You will probably have to go on Roaccutane!”. At least we all know where we’re headed.
When I told my husband about the potential for Roaccutane (a drug which he is not happy about us taking), surprisingly he didn’t say “No way is she going on Roaccutane”, he actually said “Well yes, her skin is pretty bad”.
Unbelievably, all three of my kids have seen a doctor and been prescribed something new for their acne in the space of a month. It’s not great. We will have to wait and see if the antibiotics do their job for my daughter, or if she ends up on Roaccutane like the rest of us.