Most of us remember our personal battles with acne from when we were teenagers. Of course, most of us still see a minor breakout every now and then, even as adults. But it’s also possible for babies to experience acne too. Newborn baby acne can be especially worrisome for parents who are unfamiliar with it and even a problem if the child can physically feel the breakouts or tries picking at it. You don’t need to despair, though. This type of acne is easily treatable and won’t cause any health risks for your baby.
What is Baby Acne?
First, know that plenty of babies get acne and it’s perfectly normal. Generally, it occurs on the face and can appear as traditional acne or simply as rough spots. Either way, you’re right to want to treat it as soon as
For the most part, the causes of baby acne on the face can be traced to the hormones that crossed into your child, through the placenta, during the last moments of childbirth. While this is a beneficial process, it also meant that your baby’s oil glands were stimulated. This can eventually end with baby acne.
So you may have noticed these tiny pimples the moment your child was born. However, it’s even more likely that they didn’t show up until three to four weeks after birth. Usually, they appear on a newborn’s cheeks, though it’s not uncommon to find them on their chins and foreheads too. You may notice whiteheads too.
Again, this is a common feature on newborn babies and nothing that should cause a lot of concern. You’ll probably see these outbreaks come and go until they’re about four to six months of age.
Unfortunately, breakouts will tend to coincide with when your baby is most fussy. This is because that tends to be a side effect of increased flow of blood to their skin or any
other time their skin becomes irritated.
East Steps Toward Treatment
So the first thing you want to do in order to treat this problem is to simply expect it and see it as normal and not a reason to freak out. Of course, by cleansing your baby’s face every day with water and even a little mild baby soap you may see some results. Just make sure the soap you choose won’t dry your son or daughter’s skin out. But soap is an easy application to choose because it will help in keeping your baby’s oil glands clean and clear, thus helping it resist outbreaks.
Keep an eye on the soaps you use though. Even mild baby soaps contain so many ingredients, that the one you choose can actually be making matters worse. So check to make sure outbreaks don’t happen directly after whenever you use your chosen soap.
It’s also important you keep tabs on their clothing. A baby may experience breakouts if you use a particularly harsh or otherwise irritating detergent on their clothes. This is also the case if they spit up on their clothing or it becomes wet for some other reason and their sensitive skin is left to remain in contact with it for prolonged periods of time.
Using lotions or oils will not work as an effective baby acne treatment. In fact, this will usually make matters worse. That’s because these types of products generally clog your baby’s pores. You can still apply lotion to parts of your baby’s skin where acne isn’t an issue. Also, you can use a moisturizing body wash, again, so long as you don’t notice that it makes the problem worse.
There are some exceptions to this rule, however. For example, they do make some topical treatments and/or lotions that are specifically made to treat baby acne. Try a little at first in just one area where the problem is occurring. If you see positive results, then go ahead and use more (always following the instructions). Just be sure you keep an eye on the results.
Some women have seen improvements from changing their own diet. Because you’re breastfeeding, whatever you consume will affect your baby as well. So in the case of many women, they found that cutting down on fruit actually helped clear up the acne on their baby’s face. Sometimes the outbreak it’s causing isn’t actually acne at all, but rather some other type of rash. Should you become suspicious that your diet is behind the outbreaks on your child’s face, speak to a doctor as it could be that your baby has an allergy you’ll want to know about.
If you notice that the acne doesn’t completely disappear after six months or it’s just particularly severe, consider seeing a pediatrician. They will at least be able to put your mind at ease, but may also elect to prescribe some type of medicine.
For the most part, these troublesome oil glands will disappear after six months or so. Acne will then be a distant memory until they finally become a teenager.
Treatments to Avoid
Aside from oils and lotions made for babies, there are some other treatments you need to avoid as well when treating your baby’s acne. Basically, any acne treatment you would use on yourself or a teenager is to be avoided. The type of acne your child has right now is completely different. So topical solutions like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are of no use as a treatment for baby acne.
It also won’t help to pick at them or otherwise try to pop or pinch them like they were ordinary pimples (this is generally always a bad idea and can result in scarring). Astringents are also an awful idea that will do more damage than good.
While it’s almost always completely natural, your first instinct will still always be to try to clear up your bay’s acne. However, sometimes, the best baby acne treatment will simply be patient. Otherwise, simply keep your baby clean and speak to a doctor if you notice the problem goes on longer than six months.