The first evidence-based pediatric acne guidelines were developed this year by the American Acne and Rosacea Society (AARS), and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The guidelines were developed by a panel of pediatric dermatologists, pediatricians, and dermatologists with acne expertise.
There is a trend of acne appearing at an earlier age. It is thought to be related to the earlier onset of puberty. It is also likely that the early onset of acne may indicate more severe acne in the teen years.
Acne in children ages 7-12 usually consist of clogged pores and small bumps that are often successfully managed with over the counter and/or prescription topical products. Twice a day gentle cleansing and the use of products that don’t clog pores (non-comedogenic) need to be incorporated into a daily program. Parents and children should realize that it often takes several months of consistent therapy to see improvement. The program will need to be maintained to prevent relapse. As hormones change moving into adolescence, the therapy may need adjustments.
Visit the American Academy of Pediatrics to read more about the new Pediatric Acne Guidelines.