Childhood Acne: Treatments Now Available
Acne can be a major issue for all ages. It tends to be most common among teenagers but, what about the few preadolescents who suffer from it?
The first acne treatments and guidelines for children starting at the age of 7 have been revealed and are both efficient and easy to understand!
Now, thanks to these new treatments and guidelines, younger children will be able to treat their acne and not have to feel the embarrassment it may cause – including scarring that can last much longer, if not permanently.
First, researchers categorized the different types of acne:
• comedonal (blackheads – occur when the pore opens up to the surface)
• comedonal/inflammatory mix (inflammatory acne occurs when the hair follicle is plugged)
• nodular(cyst acne which tends to be tender and painful)
Then, each of these categories were separated into grade by mild, moderate and severe.
According to these guidelines, mild cases should be treated with a topical regimen such as a cleanser containing benzoyl peroxide or a retinoid (vitamin A).
Moderate breakouts should consist of a topical treatment that contains benzoyl peroxide and either a retinoid or a topical antibiotic.
In some moderate cases and most severe cases, they recommend pairing the previous regimen with an oral antibiotic to prevent bacterial resistance.
A great attribute of these guidelines is that these regimens are flexible and can suite children with acne in all categories, both preadolescent (7-12 years) to adolescent (12-19 years old).
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