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Dermatologic conditions are very common in children and encompass abnormalities of the skin, hair, and nails. The level of mental and physical distress generated by these disorders can be significant, making it important for clinicians to be skilled in their diagnosis and knowledgeable about appropriate timing of referrals. Pediatric dermatology is a specialized field and the intent here is to give an overview of two common conditions, atopic dermatitis and acne, not to attempt an exhaustive review. Addressing the child or adolescent with an integrative approach that considers health in every dimension will help to maximize the patient’s potential for healthy skin and may aid in identification and elimination of possible triggers of these common dermatologic conditions, both of which are linked to genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors.