Acne Management Specialist

Board Certified Pediatricians, ADHD Specialists, and Pediatric Endocrinologists located in Rockville, MD
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Acne Management services offered in Rockville , MD

Most children between the ages of 11 and 18 experience acne. Consider acne management if your child has acne and it doesn’t improve with at-home treatments. At Abdow Friendship Pediatrics, pediatric and adolescent medicine providers Victor Abdow, Jr., MD, Azra Jagani, MD, Amita DeSouza, MD, and the team use acne management to help children and teens achieve vibrant and blemish-free skin. To make an appointment for your child, call the office in Rockville, Maryland, or book online today.

Acne Management Q&A

What is acne management?

Acne management is a pediatric subspecialty that diagnoses and treats blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. 

Acne occurs when your child’s pores become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Almost everyone experiences acne, but without treatment, the condition can cause scarring or negatively affect your child’s quality of life.

Acne management provides a quick and effective way to prevent acne from getting worse. It’s safe and provides lasting results.

When should I consider acne management?

Make an acne management appointment for your child if they experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Small red or tender bumps
  • Pimples
  • Large solid lumps (nodules)

Acne can appear anywhere on the body, but it’s most common on the face, forehead, chest, upper back, and shoulders.

If your child has tried at-home remedies, like over-the-counter ointments or lotions, and they continue experiencing acne flare-ups, contact the team at Abdow Friendship Pediatrics right away.

What factors increase my child’s risk of acne?

There are various factors that may increase your child’s risk of acne, including:

  • Excess oil production
  • Hormonal changes
  • Eating a poor diet
  • Stress
  • Bacteria
  • Inflammation

Every child is different. After a skin exam and a review of your child’s medical records, the team can make treatment recommendations.

What does acne management involve?

At Abdow Friendship Pediatrics, acne management begins with a discussion of your child’s symptoms and lifestyle and a physical exam.

The type of treatment that will most benefit your child depends on their age, the severity of the outbreak, and the type of acne they experience. Usually, the team recommends healthy lifestyle changes, like eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water.

Your child might also benefit from prescription medication. There are various drugs used to treat acne, including:

  • Retinoids and retinoid-like drugs
  • Antibiotics
  • Azelaic acid or salicylic acid
  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-androgen agents

If medication doesn’t make a significant improvement, the team might recommend an alternative treatment like light therapy, a chemical peel, or steroid injections.

How long does acne management take?

The time that acne management takes depends on the type of acne your child has and their commitment to the treatment plan. Most children and teens experience some improvement within a week or two, but it may take several months to achieve lasting results.*

Make an acne management appointment for your child at Abdow Friendship Pediatrics by calling the office or booking online today.

*Individual results may vary.

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