LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Acne is embarrassing enough when you're a teenager or adult. But what if you had to face the problem at just 7 or 8 years old?
Nick Robins was just 11 years old when he started battling serious breakouts on his face. His mother could see that he was upset so she took him to the dermatologist.
"He would always be spending a lot more time in the bathroom, you know, just wanting to cover up somehow," said Nick's Mom Lexie Robins.
Dr. Natalie Daniels with Aesthetic Alternatives in Louisville says in recent years many dermatologist are treating patients a lot younger.
A recent medical review found acne is increasingly common in 7 to 12 years old.
It could be that children are showing earlier signs of puberty, but it could also be more sensitivity to acne.
"Why send these kids to school if know they'll be teased or bullied for acne. If they know they can get it treated and at a sooner point in time," said Dr. Daniels.
Experts advice that early intervention is important to prevent things like permanent scarring and dark spots. But many of the prescription medications have not been tested on kids under the age of 12.
As for Nick, who's now 15 years old, a one-two punch of topical and oral medications did the trick.
"His skin is completely cleared up now. And he's got such confidence," said his Mom.
Experts say if your child is younger than 7-years old and has significant acne, it could signal a hormonal imbalance and you are advised to consult a doctor.