What is it?
Baby acne is acne on a newborn's skin, usually on the cheeks, chin and forehead. Baby acne isn't pretty, but it's common — and temporary. There's little you can do to prevent baby acne. The best treatment is usually none at all.
Baby acneBaby acne is usually characterized by small red bumps or pustules on a baby's cheeks, chin and forehead. It often develops within the first three to four weeks after birth. Baby acne may look worse when your baby is fussy or crying.
Many babies also develop tiny white bumps on the nose, chin or cheeks. These are known as milia.
Baby acne is usually caused by hormonal changes that occurred during the mother's pregnancy. Baby acne is more common in boys. Rarely, baby acne is a sign of a hormonal problem.
Baby acne is easily spotted on a baby's skin. No specific testing is needed.
Treatments and drugs
Because baby acne typically disappears on its own within several weeks, no medical treatment is usually recommended. In some cases, however, baby acne lingers for months or even longer. If your baby's acne is particularly stubborn, your baby's doctor may recommend a medicated cream or other treatment. Rarely, any underlying conditions may need to be treated as well.
In the meantime:
- Keep your baby's face clean. Routinely wash your baby's face with warm water two or three times a day. For babies with acne, use a mild moisturizing facial soap several times a week and rinse with warm water.
- Dry your baby's face gently. Simply pat your baby's skin dry.
- Don't pinch or scrub the acne. You may cause more irritation or an infection.Avoid using lotions or oils on your baby's skin.