Materials: Acne Treatment handout
1. Pass out Acne Treatment half-sheet handout to students.
2. Ask for student volunteers to read through each part. Expand after each point on handout.
a. Treatment you can apply to your skin.
i. These are things that you can put on your skin like creams or even a special face wash or body wash with special medicine in it to help (sometimes we get pimples not only on our face but on our body too.)
b. Treatment that works in your body.
i. These are usually medicines your skin doctor, or dermatologist, prescribe you. (Make sure students understand the word “prescribe.” This is usually if you have a lot of acne.)
c. Procedures your dermatologist does at his/her office.
i. Sometimes the dermatologist will do special procedures on your skin in his/her office if you have really severe acne. Only your dermatologist can do this.
i. It takes about 4-8 weeks for home treatment to take effect. If it doesn’t work after 10 weeks, then you should talk to your parents and/or doctor about changing products.
e. Don’t pick!
i. It’s tempting because it feels like pimples just stare at you in the face, but don’t pick or pop them! It can leave scars and make the infection even worse.
f. Talk to your parents or guardian.
i. It’s really important to talk to a trusted adult about acne treatment so they can help you decide what is safe for you. They may even decide you need to see a dermatologist.
g. Talk to your dermatologist.
i. A dermatologist is an expert on skin and can let you know what the best treatment is for you. They can give you more specific and professional advice and, if needed, prescribe you the appropriate medicine.
h. Treatment and prevention are friends.
i. Even if you clear up all your pimples, it’s important to keep treating and taking care of your skin so those stubborn pimples don’t come back again.
3. Ask for questions and make clarifications.