Baby acne is a common skin condition in newborns.
Baby acne can sometimes occur on newborn skin and there is no known reason why it happens. It looks like small red or white bumps on the baby’s cheeks, nose, and forehead. Sometimes babies develop milia, which are tiny white bumps on the nose, chin, or cheeks.
Baby acne usually appears within the first two to four weeks of age. It usually clears up by three or four months. Baby acne is fairly common and there is not a lot to do about it. Baby acne usually clears up on its own and there is no scarring to worry about.
If your baby’s acne seems more severe or is not clearing up, check with your doctor. You might be prescribed a medicated cream for your baby’s skin. Do not try any treatment on your baby’s skin without first consulting with your doctor. Your baby’s skin is very delicate and the wrong product could do more harm than good.
There are some simple skin care practices you can do for your baby. Wash your baby’s face every day with warm water and mild baby soap. Ask your doctor for product recommendations. After washing, pat dry your baby’s skin with a soft cotton cloth. Do not try to pinch the acne bumps or scrub your baby’s face. Your baby’s skin is too delicate for such treatment and could cause infection or more irritated skin.
If your baby’s acne, or other skin issues, concern you then talk to your neighborhood Northstar dermatologist about the best way to care for your baby’s skin.