For teenage skin suffering from acne…


ABC Body Lotion & Skinwash Q: I get all my skincare advice from watching your shows and vary between Decleor, Elemis and Gatineau. My daughter will be 13 this month and she has acne all over her face, in a V down her front and down her back to her waist line. I bought her Cleanse and Polish and now she has really clean acne!

I took her to the Doctors and he prescribed a gel that she has to put on every night which is helping to clear up her spots but now she is getting dry flaky skin on her face. Could you let me know what would be the best thing to do for her as she is at that age!

Alison: She can stick with her Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, which will be cleaning her skin without drying it out and so it's excellent that she gets on well with that.

As a face and body wash in the shower I'd like her to use the Australian Body Care Skinwash because of its anti-septic qualities. When it foams up, it will go down her back and keep that clean as well.

If she is adverse to using a moisturiser, she needs the Decleor Prolagene Gel. This is brilliant for helping to reduce the appearance of scarring. On the body area, she could also use the Australian Body Care Body Lotion with tea tree – this will help to counteract the dryness, and it also contains the anti-septic properties of tea tree. So, it should help with the flakiness without bringing out any more spots.

I've noticed that you love Decleor. Now your daughter, at 13, isn’t at an age yet where she'd need to use their oily skin regime, which we do have collections for. But they do have a fantastic rinse-off Cleanser for oily skin, so if she feels that she wants a change from Cleanse and Polish and prefers more of a wash on the skin, then this would be a great alternative.

But remember not to have her using too many products. A 13-year-old has very active skin, so the more products she uses, the more it could be stimulated. Just two or three products maximum is enough for her whole face and body routine.


  1. Cath Singleton June 11, 2009 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    My husband is a farmer in his forties and has the usual ‘ruddy’ complexion that accompanies his livlihood.
    His cheeks have become quite sore and the skin has broken. There are also visible signs of capillaries under the skin.
    In the past I have bought him Elemis SOS cream as it is a rich, thick cream that soaks into the skin.
    Can you recommend any other products?
    Many thanks

  2. Lorraine June 27, 2009 at 10:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Please please help. My 12 year old daugher has got bad acne on her face – red spots and some white heads. She is using Liz Earle cleanser once a day and then Australian body care face wash once a day and nothing is happening. Actually she is getting worse.
    I really dont know where to turn to help her – I never had acne and I dont want to buy harsh products from the chemist that will dry her skin out.
    Please recommend what to use.
    Lorraine x

  3. Claire July 5, 2009 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I’ve just started using the Austrailian bodycare facewash and I seem to be breaking out a lot more. Is this normal at first?

  4. Kara July 27, 2009 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    It would be brill if Alison could answer lorraine question as this has happened to my daughter to. Also her skin is like a oil slick only on her forhead. Would it be ok to use a tiny dot of ylang ylang just on her forehead. As i found when applying that to my oily skin,It calmed down the oil production in my skin quite alot.My daughter is using abc on a night and a product from a beauty salon (medicated clearing wash), She also uses a moisturiser morning & night as we have found no moisturiser seems to make her more oily, Oh & she is nearly 14.cheers

  5. Laura July 31, 2009 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I am a 16 year old girl, and lately I have noticed that I have become more spotty, especially on my face but also on my chest and back which is really unusual for me – these spots tend to be either red or whiteheads. As for my face I have oily T-Zone which is where the majority of my spots are, on my chin they tend to be whiteheads but on my forehead they seem just to be little bumps. I also tend to get big sore ones on my cheeks. If you could help that would be great as it is really getting me down and knocked my confidence.
    Many Thanks

  6. nicola August 1, 2009 at 11:01 am -  Reply

    hi alison ,could i ask you what i should get for my son of 12 ,he has just started to get a few spots on his face and i would like to get him into a good skin routeen as soon as possible it help prevent them getting to bad !
    can you help !
    thanks nicola x

  7. Elizabeth Munro September 3, 2009 at 12:17 am -  Reply

    Hi alison,
    My son also is getting spots on his forhead and chin
    especially.Neil is 14 and is extremely embarrased about
    this.We have tried various products from the chemist but nothing seems to work. He has also been using Tea Tree
    oil does,nt sem to work either.Can you hrlp Alison I would be so grateful for any advice you can give. thanks.
    Liz and Neil.

  8. ian September 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    hi i am a 19 year old male and i have blackhead round nose and sots round mouth and chin and some on forhead,i am using liz earle clense and polish with mens after shaving moisteriser, i also use the exfoliater once or twice a week with the deep clensing mask every day on roblem areas.
    this is working a little but not much, could you give me advice of what to get, ive heard the Decleor Prolagene Gel is quite good but realy i dont know what i need.

  9. kelly October 12, 2009 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    hi alison,my son is ten years old but for the last few months i have noticed he has developed quite alot of break outs on his face more so around his nose,i know its mostly hormonal but i am worrid that it may become more like acne as he gets older.i am currently just making him wash his face morning and night with a hot clean face cloth but what skin care product and regime would you recomend for him as he is so young???

  10. pauline streeter November 11, 2009 at 10:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, My son is 17 years old and suffers from outbreaks of large, angry red spots on his chin, forehead and back of neck. He is extremely self-conscious about them and I would like to help him. He is very keen to try skincare as he has used some very harsh products, recommended by friends – not me!! and these have made things worse and have now been binned. I have Liz Earle cleanse and polish – would this work?

  11. Debbie December 8, 2009 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,my daughter is only 9 but yet she has started to get a few blackheads around her nose and has had a few whiteheads.I have ordered liz earle products for myself and iam wandering if its safe to use on my daughters skin as she is so young???(i have ordered the 10 piece collection)

  12. Danielle January 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, my niece is nearly 14 and she has developed blackheads and spots on her chin and spots on her forehead. She also seems to get dry flakey skin on her forehead. She uses a Nivea tinted moisturiser in the day and before bed takes it off with warm water but it dosen’t seem to be helping.
    Could you suggest why this is happening and what she could use from QVC to help
    Thanks :)

  13. Sarah E August 31, 2013 at 12:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    My 17 year daughter has just started using Australian Bodycare Skinwash and in the last couple of weeks, her spots have definitely increased, is this normal … she is now following it with the Australian Bodycare Face moisturiser – would be grateful if you could advise.

  14. Mandy Le Lerre February 5, 2014 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I know that I am jumping the gun slightly, as my daughter is only 11 years old, but she is starting to develope greasy hair & the odd spot is breaking out. Both my husband & I suffered from teenage spots when we were younger & my mum bought various different products for me to try before finally taking me to the Doctor. I did discover Liz Earle in my late teens, which did seem to help keep the problem under control, though I have since discoverey that I have PCOS, so this could have also been a major part of my skin problems.
    With all of the above in mind & not wanting my daughter to suffer unnecessarily (prevention is better than cure), I am keen to introduce my daughter to a good daily face routine right from the start, so would be grateful for your advice. From reading your previous comments I am considering buying her the Australian Bodycare skinwash & the Decleor Prolagene gel, is this the right way to go?

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