Remedies for Baby Acne

Tiny red bumps known as baby acne can mar the otherwise porcelain-perfect skin of your newborn’s forehead, cheeks and chin. Baby acne is caused when hormones from the mother are transferred to her child while still in utero, resulting in increased oil production in the baby’s skin. A similar skin condition that may be confused with baby acne is milia, which presents as tinier white bumps on the cheeks, chin and nose. This is caused by flakes of skin that get trapped right under the skin’s surface. Baby acne and milia are every common skin conditions in newborn babies, says the American Academy of Pediatricians.

Wait

Baby acne, which develops within 3 to 4 weeks after birth, resolves on its own after a few months, says the AAP. Milia goes away after a few weeks. During this time, there’s no need for medical treatment. Baby acne that persists for more than three months should be reported to your infant’s pediatrician. A medicated cream might be required to clear up his skin.

Wash

The best remedy for baby acne is to wash the infant’s face with warm water two or three times daily, says the Mayo Clinic. The AAP indicates that you can use a mild baby soap if you wish. Pat the infant’s skin dry gently with a soft, dry towel.

Avoid

Don’t squeeze or pick at the bumps, warns the AAP, and don’t scrub your infant’s face. This may cause skin irritation and even infection. Don’t apply lotions or oils to your baby’s face.

About this Author

Lisa Sefcik has been writing professionally since 1987. Her subject matter includes pet care, travel, consumer reviews, classical music and entertainment. She’s worked as a policy analyst, news reporter and freelance writer/columnist for Cox Publications and numerous national print publications. Sefcik holds a paralegal certification as well as degrees in journalism and piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin.