Some parents are dismayed when their newborn's perfect face suddenly breaks out in tiny red bumps, like pimples, which is called baby acne. While the condition may look painful, it usually doesn't bother the baby at all. And like many other difficult stages of infancy, this one, too, shall pass.
Baby acne is most often caused by your hormones, and may appear anytime from birth to when the baby is a few weeks old. The condition usually clears up on its own by the time the infant it about six months old. But if you want to try to speed up the process, here are a few baby skin care tips and other things you should know:
- Look for baby acne on cheeks, forehead and chin. Some babies also get it on their back as well.
- Understand that nothing you do is likely to cause baby acne, but there are things that can make the existing condition worse.
- Realize that baby acne is often aggravated by drooling or spit up that irritates the sensitive skin of the face. Therefore, try to keep the area around the mouth as clean and dry as possible.
- Recognize that holding your baby against your clothing can also increase the problem. Wearing soft fabrics washed in all natural detergents may help.
- Take care not to overheat your baby, as this can be another factor that causes the acne to flare up.
- Try cleaning your baby's face once a day with water or mild baby soap.
- Avoid scrubbing your baby's face, which could further irritate the skin and make the condition worse.
- Wash your baby's clothing in a special, chemical-free detergent made for infants' sensitive skin.
- Steer clear of any lotions or creams, since these can make baby acne worse. Remember, acne treatment for adults is probably too harsh for you baby's soft skin. However, some parents have found that Aveeno baby washes and soothing lotions, as well as other all natural products made just for babies, have improved their newborn's delicate, acne-prone skin. Before using these products on your baby, you may want to try the home remedies for acne in the previous steps first.
- Talk to your pediatrician about trying a vinegar solution for baby acne treatment. This works in some cases, but be sure to test a small patch of your baby's skin first, to be sure it doesn't irritate the area more.
- Select a concealer that is all natural and made for sensitive skin if you find you must try to cover the acne for a special occasion, such as a family photo. But be sure to use this sparingly, as putting anything on your baby's face can worsen the condition.