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It seems to be such a common problem -- teenage folliculitus. But I can't seem to find an ND or MD who knows how to treat it. Are the skin bumps caused by hormones, food, fungus or what? My two teenagers 13 and 16 both have it, boy and girl. It's all over their body -- legs and thighs, back, chest, arms. They don't want it one bit. This is their time to luxuriate in the flesh!
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I believe it is one of the many manifestations of not eating right.
talk to them about the importance of avoiding trigger foods, which usually turn out to be avoids anyways.
I m sure that will definately catch their attention. (it worked with both my teens)
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get the kids to take a stroll over to http://www.acne.org where they'll find a lot of other kids talking about their own - sometimes hilarious - experiments in treating their own folliculitis (which doesn't respond to antibiotics). It's a fascinating website. I just happened to be reading a thread on how some kids are having great success in using head and shoulders shampoo or epsom salts baths or sea salt baths. Others have had great results with salicylic body washes. My husband developed it on his thighs during the time he spent in a centrally heated office in the UK - we are not used to this type/level of heating and insulated buildings in Australia.
Being btd compliant alone, I have found was not very helpful for him, especially in the short term. Skin problems - once established - tend to take a long time to sort themselves out, if they ever do. Using a high level of btd compliance is essential in sorting the problem, however, I personally would also use a topical agent on the kids' skin because teenagers are very sensitive emotionally to their skin problems (hell, we all are). Anything topical that shows them that the problem can subside, at least cosmetically, (while they are eating well) is of great benefit to kids' emotional well being and assists them in sticking to their diet if only becasue they feel better about their appearance. I feel for them. Skin afflictions extract an awful toll on teenagers' psyches and it is incommensurate with the medical problem! And that is precisely why I would combine the btd diet with a topical skin preparation.