Baby Acne: What it Is, Treatment, and Prevention
We usually think of baby skin as being perfectly smooth and flawless. However, some babies develop pimples on their faces during the first few weeks of their life. This baby acne can be surprising to a new mom and can be worrisome. Back to Top of your health online page
However, this is nothing to be concerned about. It’s very common for babies to get pimples and other small bumps called milia during their first weeks. They usually go away on their own and don’t need any treatment.
Milia are tiny white bumps that are actually very small cysts. They’re harmless but you might notice that they’re on the skin as well as on the gums and roof of your baby’s mouth. It’s always a good idea to have your pediatrician look at the spots to make sure that’s what they are. But other than that there’s nothing you need to be concerned about.
It may seem strange that babies would get acne, but this actually often a result of your hormones right before birth. You do pass some of your hormones to your baby through the placenta. These are helpful for your baby on many levels including helping your baby’s lungs to mature.
But one of the side effects of that hormone transmission is that your baby develops a little acne in the early part of her life. It usually happens at around four to six weeks if it’s going to happen. If your baby has acne, there’s not too much you can do about it.
You don’t need to treat your baby’s acne with any kind of medicated acne treatment. You should also avoid adding lotions or creams to your baby’s face because these can clog pores and actually make it worse.
You can use warm water to wash your baby’s face each day. But you don’t need to do add soaps or any kind of chemicals. In the end, it’s time that will help your baby to heal from these as the hormones leave the body.
Usually baby acne is a thing of the past by the time your baby turns four to six months old. With patience, this is a condition that just doesn’t affect your baby’s health, although it might frustrate you when it comes to pictures.
But if your baby still has baby acne after six months of age you might want to talk to your pediatrician. In most cases, it’s still not a problem but it’s always good to be safe rather than sorry.
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