Hello. I have a 15 year old daughter who has had acne, scalp sebborheic dermatitis, and eczema for 7 years now. It really frustrates her since she has had this for almost half her life. We have tried everything!!! And nothing seems to work. For the acne, we have tried over-the-counter remedies such as Neutrogena Acne Wash and acne medication. Also, we went to the dermatologist and they prescribed Retin-A and a mixture of clindamycin phosphate and benzoyl peroxide. For a few years, this has worked but recently they haved upped the level of Retin-A from 0.04% to 0.1%. From all those years of acne, she has had really bad scars that the doctor prescribed Obagi for. The scars have begun to fade but the problem is when her sebborheic dermatitis seems to be under control, her acne flares up again. Let me explain. We went to several dermatologists for her sebborheic dermatitis and they have prescribed so many medications. We have tried the tar shampoo, a topical foam, and are currently using a topical oil that we have used several times in the past. The oil is very greasy and has caused her acne on her face to worsen and for her to develop acne on her arms, shoulders, and back and it hasn't prevented the sebborheic dermatitis from worsening. Plus, we have had to wash her hair often with the over-the-counter shampoos like Sulfur 8 and Head and Shoulders so that her hair is very dry.
About two years ago, she began to sweat more than usual. This was odd since she used to not sweat hardly at all. Around the same time, her periods have become miserable. She has had her period since she was 12 and for the first year, it was fairly mild. After that year was over though, she has had horrible cramps and extreme nausea. Over-the-counter pain killers hardly ever work now and the worse the cramps, the worse the nausea. Sometimes, she is forced to stay home from school because of them and she's not usually a complainer. We have talked to her doctor about all this but she has insisted on it being puberty. I'm very skeptical though because this has been going on since 8??? I can admit that it may be something having to do with the endocrine system but I have a hard time accepting it's just puberty. What else could be going on? And why isn't anything working? PLEASE HELP!!!! My daughter is super frustrated since she has had these symptoms before most of her classmates knew what puberty was.