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Pediatric Acne

What You Need to Know

Acne is a disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands.

Key Symptoms

Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. Acne can appear as small bumps on the face, chest, upper back, shoulders or neck.


Your healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and health history. Your child's provider will look at the areas of the body with acne.


Treatment for acne will include gentle, regular skin care. Your child's healthcare provider may advise non-prescription skin products, skin or oral prescriptions, or other therapies or procedures.


Our team is standing by to schedule your child’s appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Meet the Providers Who Treat Acne

Departments that Treat Acne

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The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Hospital continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.

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Rise and Shine

The Safest Most Effective Way to Treat Acne

Read the Rise and Shine blog to learn how to treat acne with advice from dermatology experts at Children's National.

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