Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Gervaise Gerstner and our team provide comprehensive pediatric dermatological treatments for children and teens. As a mother of two young girls, she can relate to the anxiety involved with keeping a child’s skin healthy. Dr. Gerstner’s gentle touch and patience put children and parents at ease during their appointments at our practice. Dr. Gerstner also oversees a pediatric dermatology clinic run by Mt. Sinai medical residents in New York City and gives lectures on skin care at several neighborhood high schools.

Dr. Gerstner has experience diagnosing and treating several skin conditions that may affect children; among them are acne, molluscum and eczema. Below is a short overview of some of the most frequent skincare concerns for children and teens.

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Gerstner, request a consultation online, or call our office at 212-249-2208.

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ACNE

Acne is caused when oil and dead skin cells clog the skin’s pores. It can result in swelling and redness and take the form of pimples, blackheads and cysts that can cover the face, neck, chest and back. For most, acne starts in the teen years when hormonal changes make the skin oilier.

Often thought to be a harmless rite of passage, the psychological effects of teenage acne can be devastating. It can come at a time when adolescents are developing their self-esteem. That self-esteem combined with peer acceptance can be inordinately connected to appearance, particularly among young girls.

Dr. Gerstner recognizes the importance of managing severe acne early on to help improve physical and emotional well-being. She offers a variety of treatments including prescription topical and oral treatments, antibiotics and laser light therapy.

MOLLUSCUM

Molluscum is a skin infection caused by a virus and is most common in children under the age of 12. It usually manifests as a rash with small flesh-colored bumps that may have an indentation at the center. It can appear on the face, torso or eyelids.

Though not harmful and usually painless, the virus is contagious and is spread through skin-to-skin contact, making groups of children particularly vulnerable.

Children should not touch, scratch or rub the growths and the area should be covered to help prevent contagion.

ECZEMA

Eczema is a dry skin rash that may appear on children in the form of dry scaly skin or clusters of tiny red bumps. It often appears on the scalp and cheeks but can spread to other parts of the body. Nearly 20% of infants and young children develop eczema.

Unlike molluscum, eczema is not contagious, though may be hereditary. It can be triggered by pollen, dry air, harsh soaps or other skin irritants.

Because it is extremely itchy, eczema can be uncomfortable for young children who may not be able to resist scratching. Prolonged scratching can cause unsightly dark, thickened skin.

Dr. Gerstner will take a family medical history and upon examination may prescribe topical ointments or emollients to treat and moisturize the affected area.