All You Want To Know About Baby Acne

Guest Post By Smith Amelia

What is baby acne:

Acne infant-um also known as Neonatal acne is a common occurrence and a harmless condition. The acne eruption that occurs in newborns or infants is usually harmless and goes away quickly without any major treatment. There are not many options to prevent harmless baby acne and it usually clears up after a few weeks.

Why do babies get acne:

The common notion about acne is that it occurs in teenage, so parents tend to worry when they see pimples on their newborns skin. In reality, there’s nothing to stress about baby acne as it is a common occurrence. Infants get pimples because of the maternal hormone that crosses the placenta and enters into the newborns body. These hormones are good they makes the baby’s lungs mature prior to birth. But at the same time, these hormones also cause baby acne. The pimples end to disappear by the age of 6 months. But if the condition still persists, it is advisable to consult a doctor.

Treatment for baby acne:

Without fail, wash the baby’s skin with a mild non-drying soap 2-3 times a day. It is also important to keep the baby’s skin clean and dry as infant acne can appear due to clogged oil glands. For treating acne, dip a cotton ball in warm water and wipe the baby’s face, instead of using soap. Lotions and creams can clog the pores and worsen the condition, so try to keep the baby’s skin clean and dry to prevent acne.

A moisturizing baby wash can be used until the acne clears. A simple way to cure or treat baby acne is to keep the baby’s face dry whenever he spits up during a feeding session as moisture can aggravate the condition. It is good to use baby powder across the problem areas to treat the pimples. Also, letting the baby scratch his face can infect the pimples and can aggravate the skin condition. Often breastfeeding mothers eat sweet or citrus fruits that can cause skin problems in newborns. In such cases, mothers can consider changing their diet.


Baby acne is very common and can be present at birth or it can show up after a couple of weeks. While waiting for the skin to heal, keep the area clean by washing it with warm water and a mild gel. Usually baby acne gets cured in a few weeks or months, but sometimes the condition persists for long. If the acne doesn’t clear up within 3 months, consult a doctor. The doctor may prescribe a mild medication if the acne is not getting cured.

To sum it all up:

Baby acne is harmless and extremely common among newborns. Infants are prone to pimples, which are caused by the maternal hormones that over-activate the oil-producing glands.

Author Bio: Smith Amelia

Being a shopping addict, avid reader, ardent writer, along with a love towards traveling and exploring the globe. Fashion Critic and Design Student that loves to study about health and medicine as well as learn more about acne treatment and mineral make up.

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