For several years, Nicholas Travis was embarrassed about his skin. The 15-year-old hated the severe acne he saw when he looked in a mirror.
"It was like really inflamed and painful, even to touch it," he said.
The pimples on his face, chest and back changed his behavior.
"You feel like different-- like in a bad way, though," he said.
"Generally Nicholas has been a very outgoing kid. But when the acne really got severe, he would come from school sometimes and the kids were making fun of him. And he just felt very self-conscious," dad Steven Travis said.
For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics is backing new guidelines for the treatment of acne in children and teens.
"Acne and kids is really nothing new. But for the first time, we have enough evidence to develop evidence-based guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric acne, so that's pretty exciting," said Dr. Whitney Bowe of Advanced Dermatology.
The guidelines say most cases of mild acne should be treated with over-the-counter medications that include either Benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid."
If that doesn't work, the next steps are using topical retinoids, then oral antibiotics and after that prescription drugs like Claravis.
Nicholas used a trio of treatments to clear up his acne.
"It's so much better, like socially," he said. "I can talk to people now... You just feel a lot better about yourself."
"He had the confidence he once had. And it's because he's not self-conscious about his appearance anymore," his dad said.
That's why Nicholas' dad urges other parents to get their kids treated as quickly as possible.
The report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says doctors are seeing more and more cases of younger children with acne, possibly because kids are entering puberty earlier than in the past.
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