Does your infant have more pimples than an eighth grader? If this is the case, your infant may be suffering from infantile acne, also referred to as baby acne. Continue reading for important information on infantile acne and how you can treat it.
What Is Infantile Acne?
Baby/infant acne is a type of acne that develops on a newborn’s skin. This type of acne can develop on any part of the body but it usually appears on the cheeks, forehead and nose. In most cases, the acne will resolve on its own, without any treatment. Although this type of acne is very common, it is not clear why it develops.
Just like the acne that develops on the skin of adolescents and adults, infant acne usually appears as red pimples or bumps. Whiteheads or white pustules may also develop and reddish skin may surround the bumps. Although baby acne tends to develop on the face of the baby, some babies also have this acne on their back. In most cases, infantile acne becomes more pronounced if the baby is fussy or starts crying. Rough fabrics also play a major role in worsening the acne. Rough fabric, spit up or saliva that lingers on the face of the baby for a long period tends to worsen the irritation.
Sometimes, baby acne may be present at birth. However, this acne affects most babies when they are three to four weeks old. This acne may last for a few days or weeks, though in some cases it may stick around for several months.
Treatment For Infantile Acne
As previously mentioned, baby acne should disappear on its own without the need of treatment. However, in the instance where you find your baby having it for more than a few weeks, you may need to visit your pediatrician. Your pediatrician may prescribe you a medicated cream or ointment that may help to clear the stubborn acne. CAUTION: Your baby’s skin is usually very sensitive at this young age. Never use over the counter acne treatments, lotions or face washes. This might make the acne worse or cause additional skin irritation.
While you are waiting for your baby’s acne to clear by itself, there are a few things you can do to reduce the irritation and keep the skin as healthy as possible. These are:
- Keep your baby’s face clean – Always wash your baby’s face daily using warm water. You can do this during bath time or after you have finished feeding the baby. Use a soap that is mild and moisturizing. If you are not sure of what soap to use, ask your pediatrician or pharmacist for a recommendation.
- Do not squeeze or scrub the acne – Scrubbing the acne with a rough towel can aggravate the situation. Instead, use a soft and soapy washcloth over the face in circular motion and once the soap is washed off, use a soft towel to pat your baby’s face dry. You should also avoid squeezing or pinching the acne as this will make the problem worse.
- Avoid lotions – Lotions and creams have a tendency of aggravating the acne.
We know that it’s hard not to worry about your baby’s acne. Just keep in mind that it is usually harmless and should resolve on its own in a short period of time and you can always consult your pediatrician if you are concerned about it. We hope that this article was useful to you. If you have any comments or concerns, please use the comment form below and tell us what’s on your mind! Until next time.
Disclaimer– Please keep in mind that we are not dermatologists here at Acne Help Today. The information about infantile acne above was posted for informational purposes only. Please consult your doctor and/or dermatologist regarding you health/acne issues.