On a moisturiser for young, acne-prone skin…


Liz Earle Skin Repair Q.

Hi Alison, my 14-year-old daughter suffers from acne and has been given some cream from the doctor to apply twice daily. The problem is that the cream is making her skin very dry. Can you please advice what will be the best moisturiser for her to use at the moment. She is using some Liz Earle that I gave her. Thanks very much,


A. I would recommend the light option. Although, she must follow the doctor's advice. It sounds like the doctor has given her a retinol-based cream and they thin the skin and clean out the pores, so she will go through a period of extreme skin sensitivity and skin peeling. The skin then renews itself without, hopefully, any of the acne there. This is normal, but if you are at all worried consult your doctor.

For comfort reasons, Liz Earle's Light Moisturiser will relieve the dryness. She must also avoid the sun when using the prescribed cream, because the sun can cause pigmentation when using retinol-based creams.


  1. Ismat Chowdhury August 2, 2010 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    I watch QVC quite often on tv and am particularly fond of your program. I was wondering if you can give me some advice on whitening creams. I am a 35 year old Asian with light brown complexion living in Scotland for the last 16 years. But, before I got married I was more fairer and lighter and I want to get back to how I was before. I also have a few spots on my face which I do not like. Sometimes I hear that many people buy whitening creams and their skin becomes more fairer and healthy lookking. I recently bought a whitening cream called ‘Nur76’ but it did not help and I did not notcie any changes in my skin colour which is quite annoying because I spent alot of money on it. So, I was thinking if you could tell me which whitening cream is the best to use and which cream will actually work and have a worthwhile effect. I wish to apply the cream to my face and body so i need some advice on how long until I can see results, how fast I can get rid of my skin colour to achieve healthy, glowing skin. I often see on your program that you present brightening creams but I was wondering if you could give some more details on which is the best to use. Please help as I have been waiting for an answer for a while now.
    Hope to hear from you soon
    Thank you,
    Ismat Chowdhury

  2. karen bridgwater April 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    My daughter is 17 and has for a few years suffered with severe acne. She was prescribed long term anti-biotics and initially these would work for a short time then after a few months would no longer work. She has taken many different types over a long period of time but non consistently help. The skin specialist has now put her on the pill saying that he wants to regulate her hormone imbalance as opposed to treating the acne. Her skin after 3 months is now very noticeably clearer however when he prescribes creams to use in conjunction her skin cannot tolerate them. It is almost as if she has been badly sunburnt then peels and is unable to use them as they sting and are very painful. Can you recommend something appropriate please. She has extremely sensitive skin, suffered for years with chronic eczema and has severe allergies to all nuts/nut oils etc so would have to avoid any products with these in as this could be fatal.
    PLEASE CAN YOU HELP she gets so distressed
    many thanks
    Karen (mom)

  3. jenjones May 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Thank ever so much for your knowledge it is much appreciated.
    My skin up until last month was perfectly smooth and calm, I am an avid Clarins fan but I was getting bored and so I decided to try Emma Hardie’s cleanser. My skin was fine for a few days and then I broke out in horrendous cyst like pimples. I have never experienced anything thing like this and I’m very sadddened bythe fact that I need to recondition the skin. I have gone back to using Clarins but have the dark patches to get rid of and I am of african descent. Do you have any suggestions please Alison??
    Do you have any idea as to why I might have reacted this way, do you think it would be foolish of me to try Evelom??
    Thank you ever so much
    Jen xx

  4. Nirmaljeet Dhaliwal August 2, 2013 at 12:56 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    I have a 15 year old daughter, who is has started to suffer from acne. It may be because she is a teenager but she is also on medication due to her inflammatory bowel disease, which may be making it worse. She has breakouts and scarring on her face, and also some on her back and chest. She is currently using the australian body care cleansing milk,toner and balancing face cream. but it does not seem to be working. she was prescribed with epiduo(containing benzoyl peroxide) for her face but he skin became very dry so she stopped using it. could you please reccomend some products she can use to help her with her breakouts and scarring?

  5. Maureen Green August 3, 2014 at 9:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    What face wash etc would you recommend for my 13 year old grandson? His skin is very good but lately lots of spots under the surface.
    Thank you.
    Maureen .

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