It might be alarming to notice pimples on our infants’ skin, but baby acne is very common. Baby acne appears in babies around two or three weeks after birth. Around 40 percent of the population’s infants have acne, so we are not alone as parents. However, it is only a temporary problem, and our baby hardly notices or feels anything.
Just like with teenagers, baby acne is usually caused by hormones. The difference is that it is not their own hormones that are causing the pimples; it is the mother’s hormones instead. The mother’s hormones are still in the baby’s bloodstream for a couple months after the pregnancy.
How to Get Rid of Baby Acne
- We may see pimples appearing on our infant’s chin, forehead, cheeks, or several other places on their body, and wonder how to get rid of baby acne. There is not much that can be done about this pestering issue other than to remain calm and be patient.
- Be sure to not mess with the acne, such as squeezing or picking at the pimples. We should still clean the area with warm water a couple times a day at least and pat dry, but do not use soap or lotion on the acne.
- Definitely, do not use adult acne or skin products on the baby. The doctor may be able to prescribe or offer types of medicinal solutions that may be safe for babies with acne.
- If unable to patiently wait for the baby’s face to clear up on its own, the best option to try is home remedies that are more natural.
- Some mothers recommend using breast milk to clear up newborn acne. The great thing is that breast milk is free and easily accessible, so it is worth at least trying if possible. Mothers reveal that breast milk will help the small pimples disappear after some time, and there should be no marks left behind after time passes.
- Coconut milk is also a good option. Pediatricians suggest using drops of coconut milk on a small piece of cotton for normal cases of baby acne. Carefully pat the baby’s face with the small cotton ball. Sometimes it is recommended that we even change our diets while breastfeeding to help our baby’s skin issues as well.
When to Seek a Doctor for Treatment
If a baby has large, raised blemishes and pimples after several months (3-4) with no signs of clearing up, the baby may have infantile acne and may require medical treatment to prevent any scarring.
Infantile acne is when a baby develops blackheads and whiteheads that sometimes consist of cysts or nodules that can possibly lead to scarring in the future. Also, we should contact a doctor if we notice any extra red areas, swelling or discharge, or if the baby has a fever accompanying other symptoms. It is common to mix up baby acne as well with an allergic reaction, a rash, or eczema. The doctor will need to prescribe a cream if one of these symptoms is suspected.
In Very Rare Cases
Baby acne can be a symptom of conditions such as tumors, adrenal disorders, or problems with the endocrine system. However, it is most likely baby acne that will go away on its own and not leave any permanent blemishes behind. Although, if the baby acne causes a concern, it is strongly recommended to seek professional medical advice to learn more about your child’s skin breakouts.
Baby acne is not a huge worry and will most likely disappear on its own without doing much treatment. Remain on the lookout for any new or severe areas of the infant’s skin. If you are a parent who has had a child that has experienced baby acne, please share your experiences with us and what helped your child. This will help another parent who may be going through the same issues and needs guidance. Also, let us know if these tips helped.
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