Some of the most common skin conditions affecting children include:
- Eczema. This is a chronic condition that manifests itself in the form of red, dry, itchy skin. This condition affects between 15-30% of children. It usually appears in infancy with nearly 50% of affected children experiencing symptoms within the first six months of life.
- Warts. These skin growths are caused by human papillomavirus and spread through contact with infected people or the objects they have touched.
- Molluscum Contagiosum. This condition is caused by a virus and manifests itself in the form of small flesh colored or pink bumps. Like warts, molluscum contagiosum spread through contact.
- Infantile hemangiomas. These are one of the most common vascular birthmarks, affecting 5-10% of infants. While most hemangiomas are harmless, some may develop in dangerous areas and require treatment.
While adolescents are also prone to suffering from conditions like eczema and warts, the most defining and common skin condition of this period of life is acne. Nearly everyone develops acne for at least some period of time during their teen years.
These pustules, whiteheads, and blackheads can appear on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. While acne does not pose any serious health risks, it can be a source of embarrassment and shame for the people that have it. This is particularly difficult to deal with during an individual’s formative teen years.
We evaluate their skin type and current condition to decide which combination of medications and treatments is right for them. Our office has the capability of treating acne from early and mild to severe and scarring. We also offer in-office procedures that can help improve the condition of certain kinds of acne, as well as cosmetic treatments to reduce the appearance of acne scarring.