Treating Acne in Children
Acne can affect children at different ages but the most common type is the acne that accompanies puberty. Almost all children are faced with some form of acne during this time but in some cases the condition is more pronounced. At Village Pediatrics we are very aware of how traumatic and stressful it can be for a child to be faced with severe acne on the face and other parts of the body. We are happy to say that we offer treatments to reduce the severity of the problem.
What is Acne?
Acne is a skin condition that in which the hair follicle or pore gets blocked causing pimples, eruptions, black heads and white heads. It usually appears on the face, neck, chest or back and very rarely will it appear on other parts of the body. It is the number one skin disorder in the United States and very few are lucky enough to escape it. It mostly affects teenage boys and girls during their pubescent years but can also affect younger children like toddlers and pre-teens.
Causes of Acne
Young children that suffer from acne usually get it from excessive exposure to the sun or to an item of clothing like a hat or cap, which could cause the problem. Older children are plagued by acne as a result of hormonal fluctuations. Most children experience acne when they are going through puberty. This is a time when the body experiences a surge in hormones and one of the side effects is oilier skin. When the skin is oily, the oil enters the pores and serves as a block causing the infection. Another cause of acne is the inability of the skin to shed dead cells properly. This once again adds to the condition.
Symptoms of Acne
The most pronounced symptoms of an acne condition are pimples, skin eruptions, whiteheads and blackheads. They are usually seen only on the face, neck, upper arms, chest and back and rarely found in other parts of the body. There are two types of acne – the non-inflamed type and the inflamed type. The non-inflamed type is characterized by blackheads, which do not become red and swollen. Instead the skin becomes bumpy and feels a little like sand paper. The inflamed type of acne is the more commonly known one where certain parts of the affected area gets swollen, red in color and can develop into pimples that can be quite painful.
Treatment of Acne
There are a fair number of creams, oils and ointments that don’t necessarily eradicate the problem but make it less pronounced. After consulting with your doctor, you will be able to obtain a treatment option that will best suit the needs of your particular condition. The treatment options will differ for mild, medium and pronounced versions of the disease so it is always wise to seek medical attention first.
Village Pediatrics has a team of doctors who can accurately assess the seriousness of your child’s acne condition and provide appropriate support and care. We are here to ease the discomfort of your loved one so give us a call today to set up an appointment.