For her part, Dr. Sheila Friedlander, a pediatric dermatologist and clinical professor of pediatrics and medicine at UCSD, expressed hope that the new recommendations will help caregivers guide parents away from the "perfect storm of anxiety" that can arise when confronted with preadolescent acne.
"As long as no other signs of a problem exist, such as significant armpit/groin hair or breast development, we consider this 'early acne' a normal event," she said.
"Therefore, health care givers must be prepared to provide parents with an appropriate approach to acne," Friedlander added, agreeing that most cases are eminently treatable when handled properly.
Visit the U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases for fast facts about acne.
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