Dermatologists Spotting Acne in Kids as Young as 7
For most teens, pimples are just a part of growing up. Now, dermatologists say they are seeing more and more young kids with "pediatric acne," with cases as young as 7 years old.
"Definitely for some reason we're seeing earlier and earlier onset of puberty, and hormonal changes in younger children much earlier than we have seen in the last say 30 or 40 or even 50 years," said Dr. Kathryn Barlow, Dermatologist with Dermatology Consultants in Eagan.
Barlow says she has treated patients for acne as young as 8 or 9 years old. Some parents come to the office believing their child has a rash.
"Especially when you are young, if you can remember being that young, you don't ever want to be the first in your grade to do anything. You see a lot of these kids being the only one in their class with acne, and then it becomes a potential source of being teased or bullied," Barlow said.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently endorsed guidelines for pediatric acne. The recommendations are similar for teenagers. The treatment depends on the case, but over the counter products, benzoyl peroxide and antibiotics are all on the list.
"Children are more willing to let their parents still do things for them as opposed to teenagers who may be a little more reluctant. But absolutely there are many, many things we can do and should do for them," Barlow said.