Acne Treatment Center


Call now at 724-933-9190 to schedule your child for her/his acne, wart, molluscum or other pediatric dermatologic appointment.

For New Patients

Welcome to Children's Dermatology Services. Please review and complete this paperwork prior to your first visit to our office. If you have questions, please call 724-933-9190. Thank you!

New Patient Packet (PDF)

Description of Services

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s Acne Treatment Center is the only one of its kind in the region. Acne is the #1 condition treated at the Division of Pediatric Dermatology at Children's Hospital, and the reason the Acne Treatment Center was established.

Some parents may feel that acne is a “rite of passage” and need not be treated; however, it can cause significant stress for a child or teenager and, in some cases, scarring that can last a lifetime. Acne is the most common (and almost universal) skin problem among school-aged and adolescent children, yet it is very treatable.

Our Physicians and Staff

Located at Pine Center in Wexford, Pa., the center is led by Douglas Kress, MD, and Robin Gehris, MD, both of whom are full-time board-certified pediatric dermatologists, their pediatric dermatology fellow, and their four full-time certified physician assistants, all of whom are expert in the treatment of acne.

Types of Acne

There are two main types of acne:

  • Comedonal acne exhibits blackheads and whiteheads and is best treated with topical agents such as washes and creams/lotions.
  • Inflammatory acne is composed of red bumps and pustules and can quickly lead to scarring if not controlled promptly. Inflammatory acne may need to be treated with a combination of oral and topical therapies.

Severe and/or Resistant Acne Treatment

Many prescriptive therapies are available for the treatment of acne. However, for severe acne or acne that has been resistant to other forms of therapy and has not improved, a drug called Accutane may be recommended. This drug must be prescribed and monitored very carefully by a specially licensed and experienced physician, such as a board-certified pediatric dermatologist, to monitor for any drug-related side effects. When given properly, Accutane is one of the most effective agents available for treating this subtype of severe or resistant acne. Our physicians are fully credentialed members of the iPledge Accutane Program, and our licensed PAs have reached the highest level of training and experience in managing patients in the iPledge program.