Treatment

Treatment
Acne in children

Overview

Causes

Symptoms

Diagnosis

Treatment

The treatment approach for acne in children is individualized based on the child’s symptoms, age, overall health, and the severity of the condition, with the primary goal of improving skin appearance and minimizing scarring risk. Treatment typically involves gentle and regular skincare practices, alongside various therapeutic modalities. Non-prescription cleansers and topical products may be recommended, while prescription medications, either topical or oral, may be prescribed by the healthcare provider. Additional interventions, such as laser therapy, light therapy, chemical peels, or cyst drainage with or without medication injection, may be considered in certain cases. Topical medications, including benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, tretinoin, and adapalene, are commonly prescribed to target bacterial growth, inflammation, and comedone formation. Oral antibiotics, such as tetracycline, doxycycline, or erythromycin, may be indicated for moderate to severe acne cases. In severe, refractory cases, isotretinoin may be prescribed to prevent new acne formation and minimize scarring. Treatment selection should be guided by a healthcare provider to ensure optimal outcomes and minimize potential adverse effects.

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