Acne is one of the most common reasons people visit a dermatologist, as most of us will get Acne at some point in our lives. “Baby Acne” (0-6 months) and “Infantile Acne” (6 months and over) are actually quite common, especially among baby boys, and can even look like Acne Vulgaris, or “Teenage Acne”. Neonatal Acne usually goes away without treatment in one or two months. Infantile Acne can be more severe, persistent, and sometimes may require treatment.
Teenage Acne, which afflicts about 90% of teens, can be mild to severe. Despite popular belief, candy and greasy foods do not cause or worsen it. In addition to the face, Acne can occur on the back, chest and scalp, and can be a mix of blackheads, whiteheads, inflamed pink or pus bumps and deep painful cysts. Sometimes, break outs can leave red, dark marks or even little divots or scars in the skin after they have gone away. Most of these marks will fade with time. Teenage Acne usually improves in the early 20s, but can persist and last into adulthood.
If Acne is mild, topical treatments, like topical antibiotics and topical retinoids, are usually effective. If Acne is more severe, with inflamed bumps and/or cysts, an oral medication (such as an antibiotic) may be necessary.
Thankfully, there is a wide range of options for different varieties of Acne and skin types, at Greater Miami Skin and Laser Center we can examine and recommend a treatment, or combination of treatments, for your child’s unique needs.