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Acne Gets Center Stage at American Academy of Dermatology Conference
Acne is known as a common problem for teens and young adults, but now the age range has gone both younger and older. Where once doctors saw acne beginning at age 12, they now report children as young as 8 or 9 coming in for acne treatment. On the other end of the spectrum, dermatologist often report menopause related acne. Causes and treatment of schoolage acne was one of the keynote presentations of the recent American Academy of Dermatology meeting at the Hilton in New York City
Acne in youngsters is so new that most traditional treatments for acne are not FDA approved for children under age 12. Early acne can also be a sign that the acne will become severe and scarring as the child goes into adolesence. While its certainly not life threatening, acne can be the trigger for teasing and bullying.
Treating Acne in Children
Doctors recommend washing the face with a mild oil free cleanser and applying benzoyl peroxide gel both morning and night. Some doctors are using milder forms of Retin A like Differin. Recently the FDA approved the first Retin A for children under 12 that is actually a combination of Retin A and benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics which are such a staple for adult acne treatment can be a problem for children because they tend to stain developing teeth. For more information including research on the causes of acne in children visit American Acne and Rosacea Society website.