Acne

Acne is a skin problem that causes small, red bumps (pimples). Acne happens when the tiny holes in your skin (pores) get blocked. Acne is most common on the face, neck, chest, and upper back. Your doctor can help you choose a treatment plan. It may take 2 months of treatment before your skin gets better.

HOME CARE

Good skin care is the most important part of treatment.

  • Wash your skin gently at least twice a day. Wash your skin after exercise. Always wash your skin before bed.

  • Use mild soap.

  • After you wash your face, put on a water-based face lotion.

  • Keep your hair off of your face. Wash your hair every day.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Use a sunscreen or sunblock with SPF 30 or higher.

  • Choose makeup that does not block the holes in your skin (noncomedogenic).

  • Avoid leaning your chin or forehead on your hands.

  • Avoid wearing tight headbands or hats.

  • Avoid picking or squeezing your red bumps. This can make the problem worse and can leave scars.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your red bumps are not better after 8 weeks.

  • Your red bumps gets worse.

  • You have a large area of skin that is red or tender.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.