I am 40 years old and I have battled acne all my life. I was finally prescribed Yasmin about 8 years ago and it worked great, so I believe my acne is hormonal. My 11 year old daughter is now breaking out on her face, chest and back. She is using Differin, but it has been of little help. I know how acne made me feel all of my life. My daughter is such a fun-loving, out-going girl... I would hate for her to feel less confident about herself because of the way she looks. It's also hard to hide the acne on her back in the summertime. I wanted to know about getting Yasmin for her. She already has her period and it is irregular... so birth control could also help with that I think?
Differin Vs Yasmin (Yaz) for Acne Treatment?
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Yaz and spironolactone are two excellent options
Your daughter may have polycystic ovary syndrome, or she may just have hereditary acne.
It would be best to get the lab tests (your dermatologist will know what to order) and be sure. There are many options for hormonal acne. Yaz and spironolactone are two excellent options.
Tazorac is often more effective than Differin, and oral antibiotics are often effective. Laser treatments with Isolaz and Cooltouch have success as well. The treatment of last resort for severe acne is isotretinoin.
In the end, I think the best plan is to work with a board certified dermatologist who can review all your options and pick the one best for your daughter.
Topical and oral acne medications work together
Acne may be temporary but acne scarring is permanent and can be relatively more difficult and expensive to treat later. Always seek out an experienced board-certified dermatologist for your complexion concerns. Differin, Epiduo, Retin-A, Tazorac, Atralin, Ziana are some of topical retinoids available and are important in minimizing clogging of pores and facilitate incremental scar revisional effect. Combination of benzyl peroxide and topical clindamycin such as BenzaClin, Duac and Acanya is also important in controlling inflammatory acne lesions, i.e. acne lesions that are red and may be tender to touch. Aczone is a recently FDA approved topical acne medication that may have nice synergistic effect when used under supervision of a dermatologist. Oral antibiotics such as Doryx, Solodyn or generic equivalents are critical when one experiences moderate to severe inflammatory acne. For women, spironolactone and/or oral contraceptive such as Yasmin or Yaz can make a dramatic differience by suppressing hormonal trigger. While Accutane is the gold standard for resistant cystic acne, recent literature has demonstrated efficacy from serial photodynamic therapy (PDT) using Levulan and Blu light therapy.
Differin vs Yasmin (Yaz)
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Differin works well for mild to moderate Acne. However, it is of limited value and should be used in more severe cases in conjunction with other oral and topical treatments. These treatments include antibiotics and oral contraceptives.
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