Why Does My Baby Have Acne?
Baby acne looks similar to teenage acne. You'll see white or red bumps or pimples, which may be surrounded by reddish skin.
Acne usually appears on the cheeks and sometimes on the forehead, the chin, and even the back. It can become more pronounced when your baby is hot or fussy, or if his skin is irritated by saliva, spit-up milk, or fabric that’s a little rough or has been washed in strong detergent.
As with adolescent acne, there’s no clear answer. Experts often point to the hormones that babies receive from their mother at the end of pregnancy as a cause of baby acne. But researchers continue to study other factors and have yet to agree on one cause.
If you take certain medications while nursing, or if your baby takes certain medications, they might trigger baby acne. And in some cases, a baby is reacting to a skincare product, particularly an oily one that can block pores.
How do I treat this?
- Don’t use over-the-counter acne medicines.
- Never scrub your baby’s skin. Baby acne isn’t caused by dirt. In fact, too much washing can further irritate your baby’s skin, so don’t overdo it.
- Don’t put oily lotions on your baby’s skin. These can make the acne worse. Some parents report that certain non-oily creams have helped their baby’s acne. If you try one, monitor how it affects your baby’s skin, and be prepared to stop using it if it makes his complexion worse.
- Simply wash your baby’s face with mild baby soap and water once a day. Gently pat it dry.
- Have patience. Your baby’s acne doesn’t bother him in the least, so try not to let it bother you, either.
– Article contributed by easyparenting magazine