Should my child go see a dermatologist?
Skin is the largest organ of the body, and it is subjected to a number of problems throughout childhood and adulthood. Sunburn, rashes, acne and moles may require treatment by a skilled and knowledgeable dermatologist to keep skin healthy and attractive. Acne can be a particular problem as children enter their teen years. Early intervention can help to minimize outbreaks and help children to be more confident in their social interactions.
Why Acne Occurs
Acne frequently occurs during adolescence because of increased hormonal activity during these years. This increase of hormones in the body cause sebaceous glands that are located in the skin to produce more oil than is normally needed. The result is excess oil that clogs skin pores, which makes a perfect environment for certain types of bacteria to grow.
Pores become larger, inflamed and unsightly. This excess production of oil continues regardless of how much you try to keep the skin clean.
Symptoms of Acne
Minor skin problems can be an early sign of impending acne. A visit to the dermatologist can head off more serious skin conditions later on. If your child exhibits these signs, it may be time to consult with a trained dermatologist:
- Widespread blackheads
- Large pus-filled pimples
- Lumps on the skin that are large and painful
Importance of Early Treatment
The effects of acne can be severe, leaving deep depressions and scars on the surface of facial skin that can be unattractive. These lesions can be difficult or impossible to eliminate after the damage has been done. In addition, acne can lead to social anxiety and problems with self-esteem. Early treatment of acne symptoms is recommended to prevent irreparable damage to facial skin and healthier social adjustment.
Effective Treatments for Acne
A variety of products are available to help fight acne, but these compounds do not always provide effective results. A dermatologist can prescribe additional medications that help to reduce lesions and ensure that permanent damage to the skin does not occur. Retinoid creams, combined with oral antibiotics, can help to reduce severe acne breakouts. Other medication, as well a light therapy, can also help eliminate lesions.
If you would like more information on fighting acne, contact the Calabasas Dermatology Center today to make an appointment to start your children on the road to healthier skin.