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Although acne can wreak havoc at any stage of life, it is especially prevalent during the teenage years. Nowadays, dermatologists are seeing acne in children as young as 7 years old. Given today’s earlier onset of puberty, this is not surprising. What is the outlook for patients with acne so soon?
The American Academy of Dermatology’s Summer Academy Meeting discussed the occurrence of pediatric acne. When acne occurs in 7-to-12-year olds, it is typically limited to whiteheads and blackheads on the chin, forehead and nose. This age group rarely suffers from inflammatory acne that can cause scarring. When suffering from acne, however, all cases, no matter how minor, can be devastating. What can be done treat acne in children?
Acne treatment varies depending on a patient’s age and the severity of their acne. If your child’s acne is mild, your dermatologist may recommend over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide, which comes in the form of topical cream or a wash. More severe cases of acne may require a combination of topical ointment and an antibiotic to clear the bacteria often responsible for causing acne. Although acne is not as severe in young children, early onset may foreshadow worsened acne in the future, so make sure a dermatologist is monitoring your child’s acne.
Your child’s acne can be a great source of distress for the entire family. As a parent, here are some tips to help your child through this difficult time:
Start Small – When your child first experiences acne, try an over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide product. Mild cases of acne often respond well to this form of treatment.
Face Washing – Make sure your child washes their face twice daily with a gentle cleanser. Regular face washing is an important part of acne care.
Involvement – Your child will need your encouragement and assistance to make skin care a part of their daily routine. Just like you regularly remind your child to brush their teeth, you will need to remind your child, at least initially, to regularly wash their face and use their acne care products.
Seek Help – If your child’s acne is not responding to over-the-counter treatments, take him or her to a board-certified dermatologist. In addition to medications, your child’s dermatologist may recommend lasers or other cutting-edge treatments to clear the acne in a minimally-invasive manner with no scarring.
Patience – No matter what treatment your child is undergoing for acne, their skin will not clear overnight. It can take weeks or months for acne treatments to work, so it is important to remain patient and positive throughout the treatment process.
Acne does not have to be accepted as a “teenage thing.” Contact us today to schedule your child a consultation and discuss acne treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at treating acne and other concerns of the skin, hair and nails. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City (Upper West Side, Upper East Side), Brooklyn (Park Slope) Westchester County (Ossining, Briarcliff Manor), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.