Acne is a very common skin condition in adolescents that appears as bumps on the face, neck, shoulders, upper back, and chest. It is caused by clogged pores related to hormones.


For mild acne there are a variety of over-the-counter treatments that can be tried. We recommend being consistent with these treatments for at least 4-6 weeks. If there is no improvement with consistent treatment proceed to the next step. Here is a good step wise approach. 

Step 1: Wash your face once or twice a day with a gentle cleanser [such as Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser or CeraVe Gentle Facial Cleanser], do not scrub as this can cause skin irritation. After washing, apply a topical acne medication [such as Adapalene (Differin) or Benzoyl peroxide* (Clean and Clear, Neutrogena)].

Step 2: Use medicated acne face wash [such as Salicylic acid (Neutrogena) or Benzoyl peroxide* (Proactive, OxyWash)] once or twice a day, followed by a topical acne medication from above. 

Step 3: Call and make an appointment with one of our providers to discuss further options.

If these treatments cause skin dryness you can use a gentle facial moisturizer such as Aveeno, Cetafil, or CeraVe and/or decrease frequency of treatments to every other day.

 *Benzoyl peroxide containing products can bleach towels/bedding- use white towel/sheets to avoid this

Other tips:

-Try to avoid touching your face

-Do not squeeze or pop acne lesions

-Wash your face after exercising

-Use makeup or sunscreen labeled "noncomedogenic"