Baby Acne or Newborn Acne is a common condition affecting at least 30% of infants born around the world.
The acne may probably develop merely two to three weeks after the baby is born. But, it is just not uncommon to find a baby born with fully developed acne on his/her skin.
Baby acne is also commonly known as infantile acne. It mostly appears around the cheek, nose, forehead or even the neck. But, the shoulders, chest or the back of the baby too may be affected by the acne.
Just before the baby is born certain hormones are passed on from the mother to the baby via the placenta. As much as these hormones are important for the baby to making adjustments to live in an environment so completely different from the one he/she was living in until now, these hormones could trigger acne in the baby by stimulating the oil gland in the skin. Sometimes the medicine a mother consumes while nursing the child or even the medicines given to the child can cause acne. Hence, the prevention of baby acne is not possible.
Baby acne is aggravated in situations when the baby has not been feeling well or feeling hot. At times, when the baby is agitated due to some reason like a reaction with milk or when the spit-up milk comes in contact with skin of the baby acne could spread. Fortunately, your baby wouldn’t have to face the hassles of getting the acne treated as they go away pretty quickly without a sign of their existence in a matter of few months.
Taking care of some things can help in seeing that your baby’s skin is not irritated even more and that the infection is not spread. Using a strong detergent to wash the baby’s clothes or bed covers should be avoided as these could irritate their skin when they come in contact with them. Also avoid using clothes that are rough on the baby’s body.
Wash your baby’s face twice a day. Bear in mind – never to scrub your baby’s face. It makes their face drier and assist in spreading the infection all over the baby’s body. Avoid using any creams or lotions for the baby’s skin. It harms them a lot more.