(This is a blog post for a friend of mine. She would really appreciate your advice / input)
Holy Moly but Google can be a bitch! My 15 year old son has mild to moderate acne which I have left up till now but it is getting worse rather quickly. I was afraid of making him self-conscious so left it trying to get him to wash his face and drink water etc. I have now taken him to the dermatologist as I don’t want him to get bad scarring and I am also concerned about self-esteem issues.
So far no scarring and no real esteem problems although he does say he feels ugly. The dermatologist says it is typical teenage acne that will simply get worse in time as his oil glands over produce. I am hoping he doesn’t ever have those dreadful painful cysts and we can sort it out before then. My son doesn’t want to do the anti-biotic route as he wants the acne gone now. I understand this but I am sitting with that script for the drug and I have serious reservations about him taking it based on the many horror stories I have read on the net. The side-effects sound horrendous!
So what to do? I know the drug is very effective and he would love a clear skin of course. He has had the blood test saying he can tolerate the drug. He would take it for 4 weeks and then do another blood test to see if he is tolerating it. If he is he does 5 months of it. My other concern is he is ADD and on Concerta. He was diagnosed at age 9 and putting him on Ritalin was incredibly hard for me. I feel back at that place but this time the meds seem even more terrifying!
I can’t leave it. I remain haunted by a work colleague who lost her 16 year old nephew who hung himself in desperation after feeling so hideous from acne. Fortunately my son doesn’t suffer from depression or anxiety and apart from the ADD, is a very happy normal kid. Shit and crap, what do I do? Help!