Pre-adolescent Acne May Be Red Flag

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dermatologists should keep an eye out for acne in pre-adolescent children as young as one year because pimples may be a sign of serious medical problems, a leading dermatologist told a crowd at theMaui Derm 2015 conference this week.
“It’s a red flag for underlying hormonal disturbances” in kids from ages one to seven years, says Albert C. Yan, M.D., a pediatric dermatologist and section chief of the Division of Dermatology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, in an interview with Dermatology Times.
“Look for signs of early puberty” in these cases, Dr. Yan says. He advises dermatologists to analyze the bone age of kids via X-ray, test levels of progesterone and testosterone, and consult an endocrinologist if needed.