Q. When should my child see a dermatologist for acne?
A. Acne not only causes anxiety and embarrassment for pre-teens and teens, but severe acne can result in permanent facial scarring. Most teenage patients come to see me for acne after having no success with over the counter products. The truth is, in order for acne treatment to be successful, it needs to be individualized. For example, comedonal acne (“white heads and black heads”) responds better to topical retinoids. In the treatment of inflammatory acne, we see better results with topical treatments, combined with oral medication. A female patient may need treatment for an underlying hormonal issue contributing to her acne. A dermatologist can assess your child’s acne and decide the best treatment plan. Early treatment is the best approach!
Dr. Elisa Song \ Dermatologist \ Sona Dermatology and MedSpa \ sonaskin.com