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Why Are Children Developing Acne Much Younger?

6th August 2013

Acne breakouts are most commonly associated with hormonal teenagers. However, children between 7 to 12 years old are now being identified as the age bracket for those suffering from pre-adolescent acne. The existing cases are often not alarming and can involve the onset of whiteheads and blackheads around the forehead, nose and chin areas of the face. Inflammatory spots and acne scarring is fairly rare amongst sufferers. At the moment, there is no solid evidence which can determine the actual causes of child acne breakouts. Dermatologists have suggested that it could be caused by many factors such as hormones and nutrition, yet these are all speculative ideas.

There is now enough evidence to guide dermatologists when it comes to paediatric skincare and treating child acne. This will therefore minimise negative physical and distressing psychological impacts. Dermatologists may recommend that mild, pre-adolescent acne with over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide or age-appropriate oral antibiotics. Young acne patients should also be taught how to adopt good skin hygiene practices. This could include cleansing acne-prone areas twice a day with a non-abrasive pH-balanced cleanser.

Making a Diagnosis Early

Pre-adolescent acne can be an early indication of potentially serious acne problems as a child gets older and enters their teenage years. If you're a concerned parent, there is no need to panic, because child acne is readily treatable. Here at sk:n, we offer a variety of effective acne treatments aimed to target dark spots on the face. We are the UK's leading clinics for treating clients with both adult and teenage acne. Our experienced sk:n specialists have been treating acne for over two decades which has given hundreds of people a huge self-confidence boost and successful results.

If your child is suffering from pre-adolescent acne, book a consultation with one of our highly trained sk:n professionals today. We will be happy to monitor your child's skin conditions even into their teen years.

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