Acne vulgaris is classically considered a disease of adolescence. Although it most commonly occurs and has been best studied in that age group, it can develop at any time during childhood. It is important that health care practitioners recognize the manifestations of neonatal, infantile and childhood acne, as well as the differential diagnosis and best therapeutic approach in the younger child. Acneiform eruptions in infants and toddlers can occasionally be associated with scarring or with other significant disorders that may be life-threatening. In this article, the authors draw on their own clinical experience as well as the available literature to suggest an age-based approach to managing acne in children from the neonatal period through age 11 years.