My 15 year old daughter has ADD and Acne...

Question from Mel:

I have a 15 year old daughter who is ADD and after years of being on Adderall, we have decided to go a natural way for treatment. Her doctor knows about us doing this. We heard about fish oil EPA/DHA/Omega 3 was a good way to go.

Also she suffers with bad acne, and we have been to many doctors for this but haven't found anything that works. Please let me know if you have anything that could help with these two problems. Thanks.


Answer from Warren:

Our Omega 3/DHA Fish Oil should be the first item to consider. I would give her a slightly higher dose at 3 soft gels a day. I would also consider giving her a half dose of our Neuro-Natural Serenity. This may also help her.

With regard to acne... this could be either a diet or a hormone issue. There is no natural supplement or topical treatment that is guaranteed to work for acne. Some topical treatments may help but they are only dealing with the surface of the problem. If I were you I would look very hard at what she is eating...and drinking. For example, if she is drinking soda’s every day or, energy drinks this could be having a negative effect on her.

I know that it is difficult to control what a 15 year old eats, and it is difficult for them to understand how what they eat can impact on both how they feel and look (but, it does). So, that is where I would focus my efforts. Maybe, if the supplements that I suggested help, it may have the side effect of helping her eat better as well.

Hope this is helpful!

5 Responses

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Minna August 12 2016

for me, after years of suffering with acne, i landed into one conculsion which i have came across later, Sugar is the main culpirt beyond all forms of acne. cut off the sugars but pe patinent it will take you month to see the acne disappears.

mohd October 02 2010

re: Acne.  I second the advice from mohd.

I suffered terrible acne through my teens and a bit beyond, and at the time realized that a spate of eating candy I would suffer a terrible bout.  At one time I ate a bag of mints and in the morning my face was so badly swollen I couldn’t open my eyes and had to miss school that day.   That should have been my cue to cut the sugar, but I stubbornly ignored it.  Addicted to sugar!

I think the high amount of sugar in my regular diet  contributed considerably to my acne, which caused me considerable emotional pain throughout my teens.  If only I could do it over again …

Bill A October 09 2010

Hi Bill,
It is common for people to overload on certain foods and then subsequently to have a reaction to them. Everything is fine in moderation. But overload on anything and it can contribute to weakened areas of health, which in your case was the prior skin breakouts. This may also have been an allergic/sensitivity reaction.


Xtend-Life Expert October 12 2010

Dear Liya

This is Joanna (Maggs is my surname! :)). I am sorry that my phrasing upset you. It had no intention of doing so. However here it was used in a specific context of talking about eating and diet. Sadly, with media and marketing fixation on diets, and celebrity icons to live up to, so many people believe that they have to restrict their eating habits beyond enjoyment and control in order to be healthy. This results in actually being very unhealthy and can lead to many adverse physical and mental symptoms.

Dieting is something that people worldwide have had drumbed into them so much that, today, it even effects people as young as 5 and 6, studies have shown!! And on the back of this more ‘diets’, with more ridiculous names and claims to make people young and thin come on the market every year, to the point of consuming many people with false ideas of what nutritional actually means (I won’t even get started on cosmetic surgery requests from 8-10 year olds that another televised study recently showed…!!)

I believe it was clear from my response, and the subject matter, that I was only talking about food and nutrition and not about life in general. I also believe that our readers are intelligent enough to know the difference between a specific nutritional expert advice on a specific subject, and not take this to mean that it is being advised they go out and do whatever they want with anything that is harmful or addictive! I respect our readers intelligence and don’t fear that anyone felt it necessary to take drugs from what I had said :).

So although I do 100% agree with your outlook, I do feel that your comments are unnecessarily voiced in this instance, and perhaps just mistaken in terms of concern.

It is important, for physical and mental health, not to restrict your nutritional regime to the extent that was being suggested. To the contrary, it would be a better nutritional regime for long-term health to ensure relaxation in diet a little, and not be afraid (as many people actually are!) to eat certain foods on certain occasions. That is all my response said.

I hope this helps to clarify the response for you and confirms that we are fighting the same corner on the same side :).

Thanks for your comments.

Xtend-Life Expert October 18 2010

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