Pediatric Dermatology | Pediatrics


Pediatric Dermatology

As pediatric dermatology leaders, we offer the latest, most effective treatments for the full range of childhood and adolescent skin conditions.

Medically reviewed by Smita Awasthi, M.D. on Oct. 12, 2023.

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Comprehensive Care for Pediatric Skin Conditions

At UC Davis Health, your child receives care from experts who understand children’s skin, from birth through adolescence. We deliver effective treatments tailored to your child’s needs, including acne treatment and laser therapy.

Our Difference

Unique Expertise

Our pediatric skin specialists have extensive experience and training caring for children’s skin conditions. We also have the only clinics in Sacramento specializing in pediatric dermatology and pediatric vascular anomalies.

Latest Treatments

Through our clinical research, your child has access to the latest pediatric dermatology treatments. We also offer a wide range of prescription skin care regimens, medications and laser therapy.


We treat children’s skin conditions in our Sacramento Dermatology Clinic, Davis office and at UC Davis Health’s Children’s Hospital. From common rashes to rare conditions like vascular anomalies, we provide the care needed to help your child thrive.


What Is Pediatric Dermatology?

Pediatric dermatology is the medical specialty that cares for children with skin problems. Pediatric skin conditions may present differently than their adult versions. Some skin conditions only occur in children.

Our pediatric dermatologists are trained to diagnose and treat children's skin. They also understand how skin conditions change as children grow and develop — and what that means for your child's care.

Read More About Pediatric Dermatology at UC Davis Health

Pediatric Skin Conditions We Specialize In:


When facial pores get clogged and inflamed, children of all ages can develop acne. Most acne breakouts improve with personalized treatments and a good skin care regimen.

Read more about our acne care
Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis happens when your child’s skin encounters something they are allergic to (allergen). As a result, your child’s skin develops a rash where the contact happened.

Learn about contact dermatitis and patch testing

Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a skin disease that causes itchy, red, rough skin patches. It usually develops during childhood.

Read about eczema

Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes thick, red, scaly patches of skin. These patches are called plaques.

Learn about psoriasis
Vascular Anomalies

Vascular anomalies are growths made of blood vessels. They can be noncancerous tumors (vascular tumors) or different types of birthmarks (vascular malformations).


Vitiligo is a skin disease that causes your child’s skin to lose its color. At UC Davis Health, our Vitiligo Clinic is one of only a few in the U.S. that provides care exclusively for vitiligo.

Learn more about our vitiligo care

Specialties Related to Pediatric Dermatology

Pediatric dermatology is a team effort. We bring together the expertise of related UC Davis Health specialists to create the most effective treatment plans possible.

Our related specialties:

Pediatric Head and Neck Vascular Anomalies Clinic

Our clinic is one of few in the Sacramento region dedicated to pediatric vascular anomaly care. Experts in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), dermatology, radiology and other related specialties come together to provide complete care.

Explore our Pediatric Head and Neck Vascular Anomalies Clinic
Dermatopathology Service

Our highly trained dermatopathologists analyze skin cells under microscopes to help diagnose skin problems. Their timely, accurate diagnoses lay the foundation for your child’s treatment plan.

Learn about the UC Davis Health Dermatopathology Service
Genomic Medicine 

Some genetic disorders affect your child’s skin. Our genomic medicine specialists partner with your pediatric dermatologist. Together, they help you better understand the disorder and make informed decisions about your child’s care.

Read about genomic medicine
Vascular Center 

Our pediatric skin specialists work closely with vascular experts in our Vascular Center. They collaborate to provide the most effective treatments possible for children with vascular malformations.

Learn more about our Vascular Center

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Awards and Recognitions
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Ranked among the nation’s best hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best hospital in cancer, cardiology, heart & vascular surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ENT, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery, obstetrics & gynecology, and pulmonology & lung surgery.

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Ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best children’s hospital in diabetes & endocrinology, nephrology, and orthopedics*. (*Together with Shriners Children’s)

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Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital

Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital by U.S. News, and high-performing in COPD, colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, leukemia, lymphoma & myeloma, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, stroke, TAVR, uterine cancer surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, and orthopedics.

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The nation’s highest nursing honor

UC Davis Medical Center has received Magnet® recognition, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence.

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“Most Wired” for acute care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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“Most Wired” for ambulatory care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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World-class cancer care

One of ~56 U.S. cancer centers designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute.

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A leader in health care equality

For the 11th consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality.”

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