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Pediatric Acne

What You Need to Know

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

Key Symptoms

Key points about acne in a child

  • Acne is a disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands.
  • Acne may happen when the pores get clogged with dead skin cells and oil. Bacteria that are normally on the skin may also get into the clogged pore.
  • Most teens and young adults between 11 and 30 years old will have acne at some point.
  • Both over-the-counter and prescription medicines are available to treat acne.
  • Acne can have an emotional effect. This can lead to depression, anxiety and even suicidal thoughts.
  • Scarring can result from severe or long-term acne.


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The pediatric specialists at Children's National Hospital have the expertise to diagnose, treat and manage conditions of the skin, nails and hair common in infant and younger patients. Discover more about the treatments we offer.

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Providers Who Treat Acne

    Departments that Treat Acne


    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.