My daughter is 10 and has acne, what can she use to cleanse and moisturize, to help stop the acne?

she's not menstrating there but it's going to happen soon it's affecting her self-confidence she already feels awkward about her height and weight 5'4 120lbsshe not only gets pimples but also a lot of blackheads

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Early prepubescent acne

In general it is best not to be too aggressive in very young acne patients as their motivation is often lacking.  I usually begin with an over the counter benzoyl peroxide wash (such as Panoxyl) and have them use that nightly.  Improvement usually takes about 8 to 12 weeks, and continuation will keep their skin clear.  If they do not improve than more potent prescription medications are available from your dermatologist. 

Miami Dermatologic Surgeon
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Acne help for a pre-teen girl

Your daughter is not alone in her struggles with acne. Early onset acne for preteens is becoming more and more prevalent. Recent studies have shown that about three quarters of 9-10 year old girls have pimples. Just last year the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) came out with a new set of guidelines that detail how to treat acne in children in this age group. 

According to the AAP guidelines, children with mild acne can be treated with success using over the counter acne products containing benzoyl peroxide. If your daughter's acne is not responsive to the benzoyl peroxide products, the next line of defense are topical prescription retinoids, such as Differin, Retin-A and Avita.  Retinoids are derived from vitamin A and will help speed up cell turnover in the skin, which in turn unclogs pores. If your daughter's acne still does not clear then it's time to try an oral antibiotic, which can help kill the bacteria that leads to acne. 

The absolute first step is scheduling an appointment with a board certified dermatologist, as treating acne on your own can often lead to skin irritation and potentially even more acne. 

Eric Schweiger, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Acne Treatment Options For Pre-Teen Daughter

Cleansing with an over-the-counter wash with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide is the best first step. A moisturizer with SPF (30 or greater) that says "non-comedogenic" can be used in the morning to keep from getting dry. If this doesn't help after 8-10 weeks, you should take your daughter to a Dermatologist. There are prescription topicals that can help her if her acne is more severe. I wish you guys the best! 

Ronald Sulewski, MD
Chicago Dermatologist

Acne treatments for 10 year old

There are prescription topicals that would probably be best for your child to start with. If your daughter is already suffering self-esteem issues it is important to see the right physician and get her on the right track so her acne either 1. doesn't get worse or 2. result in a lot of scarring. For many people who start developing acne at young ages, the acne is worse and can lead to significant scarring issues later if it's not addressed sooner rather than later. Take your daughter to a dermatologist for a discussion about skincare and proper topical medications for her. Ultimately she may want to take some oral medications, but I would start with topicals since she is only 10.

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