There are seemingly bothersome health concerns during the first few weeks of a baby’s life and baby acne is one of them. This particular skin condition is quite common affecting around 20% of newborn babies. The condition is marked by red, small pustules or bumps on the forehead, cheeks and chin, and may look worrisome especially when the baby is crying or fussy. This kind of skin problem is just temporary and usually settles even without treatment.
Baby acne may require a visit to the doctor if it gets worse or does not settle after 3 months. This kind of skin problem in babies closely resembles another skin issue called milia. Milia appear as skin-colored small bumps on the baby’s skin. It is best to visit the doctor to get an accurate diagnosis and the appropriate treatment.
Why and where does baby acne appear?
It is not yet clear why baby acne occurs. It is believed that it is as a result of maternal hormones being passed on to the child. Another possible reason is allergic reaction to the detergent used in washing the baby’s clothes. Baby acne could also be due to continuous contact of the baby’s face with irritating substances or even dirty hands. Food and infant formula is another possible culprit of acne in babies.
Some babies are born with the condition, though it often manifests 3 to 4 weeks after birth. Red and small pimples appear on the cheeks, chin, eyelids, forehead, upper chest and neck.
What is the best treatment procedure for baby acne?
Before resorting to any kind of treatment regimen, parents should always remember not to treat baby acne using methods for addressing teenage or adult acne. It should be noted that the baby’s skin is very sensitive and baby acne usually settles on its own even without doing anything about it. There may be instances where prescription medication is recommended by the physician. It is best for parents to follow the following:
- Keep the face and skin of the baby clean and dry.
- Avoid scrubbing or pinching the baby acne.
- Keep the baby’s skin away from oils or lotions.
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