New Acne Treatment for Kids, How Does It Work?

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2013-05-06 06:48

The vast majority of teenagers experience some degree of acne, but this skin disease can affect younger people as well. That’s one reason why the American Acne and Rosacea Society has issued new recommendations regarding acne treatment for kids, including infants and elementary school aged children, because not all kids should be treated alike.

Do you know how to treat your child’s acne?

Several new studies indicate that acne is not just for teenagers. In fact, according to Lawrence Eichenfield, MD, of Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego, and his colleagues, more than three-quarters of girls ages 9 and 10 had acne in one study, and 20 percent of newborns have the skin disease as well.

In another new study published in FP Essentials, investigators at San Joaquin General Hospital in California report that both neonatal acne and infantile acne (which starts after the neonatal period) typically develops on the face, scalp, back, and chest and usually goes away spontaneously. If either type of acne does not resolve within a year, children should be evaluated for excessive levels of androgens (male hormones).

According to the new guidelines announced by the American Acne and Rosacea Society, which have been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, each age group requires a different treatment approach. For example:

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