Home Health Parents News Now Acne Affecting Kids as Young as 7 Acne Affecting Kids as Young as 7 By Holly Lebowitz Rossi May 21, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_108548348 30325 In years past, 12 was considered the lower end of the age range for the start of blackheads and whiteheads. With earlier onset of adrenarche (when the adrenal gland awakens) and menarche (first period), the authors of the guidelines suggest, "there appears to be a downward shift in the age at which acne first appears." "I've definitely seen a shift," said Dr. Latanya T. Benjamin, a dermatologist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, who did not help draft the guidelines. "It's not uncommon for a 7- or 9-year-old to walk in with the first signs of acne." But whether children are experiencing early, or precocious, puberty has been the subject of scientific debate. A more likely cause of the increase in cases, some experts say, is that parents are less tolerant of acne and doctors more willing to provide powerful acne treatments to children. Image: Girl covering her face, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Acne Affecting Kids as Young as 7 Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.