In a resurfaced Reddit thread called Skincare Addiction first posted in June, 19-year-old Callie asked for advice on treating her brother’s acne. 16-year-old Alec has autism, and experiences acne flare ups and dry skin because of his autism medication.
“My brother is severely disabled and is on medicine such as Risperidone that makes his skin supremely dry and acne prone,” the teenager from San Francisco posted on the online forum alongside photos of her brother’s skin.
“We have tried multiple medications from a dermatologist, including a 5% benzoyl peroxide ointment and an oral medication. The oral medication was helping but it was interfering too much with his other medications to control seizures and his behaviours.
“I’m hoping this supportive community can help create a simple routine for him to do, as he gets teased already so much at school.”