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Onset of Acne in Children Occurring Earlier

Developing acne, though troubling, is a rite of passage for most teens.  However, the results of research published in the journal Pediatric Dermatology suggests that the age of onset for acne has decreased significantly over the last 30 years.  Children aged six to 18 between the years 1979 to 2007 were studied to determine the trends of when children first seek treatment for acne.  Overall, there was a significant decrease in the mean age at which children first seek acne treatment from a dermatologist. Results were broken down by race as well.  Overall, African American girls had the lowest mean age for initial treatment and Caucasian boys had the highest mean age.  The study further suggested that the decrease in age for girls is related to the earlier onset of puberty in the female population, which is a whole other medical issue.  There is no one “set” age when children develop acne, if they develop it at all.  Every child is unique.  As a parent, the best practice is to educate the child about proper skin care early in childhood, and if breakouts become problematic, then seek a medical consult with a dermatologist who specializes in the treatment of acne.  West Houston Dermatology Laser & Skincare Center provides not only excellent care for young people dealing with acne, but also patient education.