Acne and hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) are common inflammatory skin disorders affecting adolescents and occasionally younger children. Both disorders are associated with challenging physical symptoms, profound psychosocial burden, and can lead to permanent scarring. Recent scientific advances have improved our understanding of these inflammatory skin diseases and led to efficacious, FDA-approved treatment options. However, not all treatments are approved in children and questions remain surrounding long-term effects of diseases and treatments.
The goals of the Acne & HS Focused Study Group are to define and address unmet research needs in these disorders and to advance our understanding of biomarkers, genetic influences, and disease co-morbidities, in order to best treat our pediatric and adolescent patients.
The Acne & HS Focused Study Group is chaired by Andrea Zaenglein, MD at Penn State Health, and co-chaired by Leah Lalor, MD at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Irene Lara-Corrales, MD at the University of Toronto. Contact us if you’re interested in getting involved!
Liy-Wong, Carmen, et al. “Hidradenitis Suppurativa in the Pediatric Population: An International, Multicenter, Retrospective, Cross-sectional Study of 481 Pediatric Patients” JAMA Dermatology (2021).