Acne

Acne involves pimples and blackheads, most commonly on the face, back, and chest. Acne is caused by increased oil production (typical of puberty) and bacteria, and results in inflammation.

 

WHAT TO DO:

  • Clean your face gently twice per day with soap and water.  Aggressive scrubbing only increases inflammation. Wash your face or shower after running and working out too.
  • Do not pick, poke, or pop pimples, which can result in redness, swelling, and sometimes scarring.
  • Use only oil-free products on your face. Stores may label as      “non-comedogenic” as a comedone is a pimple.

  • You may use a topical benzoyl peroxide over the counter product once or twice per day.

WHEN TO CALL:

Call during office hours if:

  • If acne is extensive despite proper hygiene, please call to set up an appointment. Your child may need topical creams or oral antibiotics.

Call or Visit

  • phone: (616) 243-9515

  • FAX: (616) 243-1815

  • after hours: (616) 776-7401

  • or contact us via the Patient Portal

  • Alger Pediatrics
    733 Alger St. SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49507