Teenagers and to a lesser extent adults aren't the only ones that can be affected
by acne. The condition can affect newborns as well. Baby acne usually doesn't cause
major problems with your child's skin. The main problem is causes is aesthetic in
Doctors don't really know why baby acne occurs. However, it is known that it occurs
in boys much more often than it does in girls. Experts think that the hormone's
passed from the mother after birth may be a contributing factor.
These hormones are thought to trigger activity from the sebaceous glands. It's also
possible that baby acne can develop if the mother takes certain medications while
she is pregnant with the child. But the bottom line is that no one really knows
why iit occurs.
If your child has acne, red bumps or pustules will appear on his skin. The areas
that are usually affected include the chin, forehead, and cheeks. Some babies also
develop the bumps on their noses.
Baby acne typically goes away on its on after a few weeks. However, in some cases,
it's possible for it to stick around for many more months. It's best to get the
condition checked out by a doctor if it doesn't go away after a few months.
Most cases of baby acne require no treat at all. As mentioned, it usually goes away
before treatment becomes necessary. But if it doesn't clear up or if it starts getting
worse, you should definitely take your baby to be checked out.
If the condition doesn't go away, there are a few treatment options. The first option
is usually a medicated topical cream. Any lesions that are present can be treated
with medications such as benzoyl peroxide and tretinoin. There are usually no underlying
conditions present with baby acne to cause any additional problems.
There really aren't any methods that you can use to prevent baby acne. As mentioned,
it may be caused by hormones passed after birth. Unless you find a way to stop passing
hormones, then there won't be much that you can do about it.
If your baby does have acne, there are certain things that you shouldn't do because
it's possible for you to make the condition worse. You should never scrub his or
her skin because it will only irritate it even more.
Washing your baby's face is necessary however in order to prevent excess oils from
causing more problems. Just make sure that you don't wash it too much since you
can irritate the skin. Use mild soap designed for babies and pat the skin dry after
Although baby acne doesn't really cause any serious problems, it certainly isn't
attractive on your little one's skin. Fortunately, the condition goes away on its
own in most babies. However, you may want to check out your treatment options if
it's still around after a few months. A topical cream of some sort will usually
do the trick. Just make sure that you don't irritate the skin even more by rubbing
or scrubbing it too hard.