Therapy in Practice

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 77-86

First online:

Treatment of Acne in Children

  • Lindsey YeoAffiliated withDepartment of Dermatology (W406), Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Email author 
  • , Anthony D. OrmerodAffiliated withDivision of Applied Medicine, University of Aberdeen Email author 

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Acne is a common skin condition in adolescents. It is not uncommon in childhood and it persists into adulthood. A broad range of acne treatments are available and have been shown to be safe and effective in adolescents and adults. However, there is limited literature regarding acne treatment in childhood and its available therapeutic options. It seems reasonable to extrapolate findings of the various studies reported on treatment of acne in the adolescent and adult age group, with the exclusion of the use of tetracycline derivatives. As clinicians, we must be more familiar with the clinical presentation of acne and available treatment options in our younger patients. Early recognition of acne with prompt and appropriate initiation of therapy in childhood will help prevent severe scarring in children.