If your baby is born with facial acne, there is no need to worry as it is pretty normal for newborns to have acne. Baby acne occurs in about 20 percent of newborn babies. As new mothers, when we see something that may seem strange in our newborns we tend to panic. As hard as it may be to see your little one’s beautifully soft skin all pimply, you can relax as newborn acne gets better by time.
This article will guide you on what baby acne is and how to treat it.
What is baby acne?
Baby acne is simply acne that develops on a newborn’s skin. It can occur anywhere on your baby’s face, cheeks, nose, and forehead. Baby acne usually appears in your baby’s first months of life and may sometimes last until they are about two years old. Some babies are born with it, while others develop it soon after birth.
While it’s not clear what causes baby acne, many researchers believe it is caused by pregnancy hormones. Usually, baby acne clears up on its own, but if it is severe, then your newborn may need to visit a doctor to prescribe something to help treat it.
How can I treat baby acne?
Because your newborn’s skin is extremely sensitive, it is important to be extremely careful when dealing with baby acne. Just like any kind of acne, the best thing to do in situations like this is not to touch or poke your newborn’s face. As mentioned before, it usually clears up on its own; however, you can try to follow these tips to help deal with your baby’s acne:
- Keeping baby’s skin clean: All you need to do is wash your baby’s skin with water to keep it clean.
- Don’t use harsh products: Using any kind of product may irritate your baby’s skin even further. Do not use any soaps or washes on your baby as it will make things worse.
- Don’t use lotions or over the counter products: Using lotions on your baby’s face will only worsen the acne.
- Don’t touch or squeeze the pimples: Touching or squeezing the pimples will irritate your baby’s skin even more.
- Simply let it be: As mentioned before, your baby’s facial acne will go away on its own. Only speak to your pediatrician if you feel like the condition is worsening or if you suspect that it may be another skin condition other than facial acne.
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- Baby Acne- Mayo Clinic
- How to identify baby acne vs. a rash- Medical News Today