When you hear the word ‘acne’, we usually deem it as an adult condition. However, did you know that babies can get acne too?
Also known as neonatal acne, they can actually have acne as well, but not as severe to that of a regular adult. Still, this condition typically doesn’t last for a very long time, but there are some cases (albeit rare) that may need medical attention. Today, I am going to talk about baby acne and what you need to know about this condition.
What is It?
Baby acne is a common skin condition that can affect about 20% of newborns. This condition is characterized by tiny white or red bumps and can even look like an adult pimple as well. In most baby acne cases, it resolves itself without any intervention whatsoever.
Although it is a form of acne, this particular condition is different from infantile acne in that the open blackheads or comedones do not usually appear in baby acne. Do note that baby acne only happens in the early stages of the newborn’s life. Infantile acne, however, may persist up to 2 years of age. Though, you have to remember that infantile acne is not as common as baby acne.
What Causes the Condition?
At the time of writing this article, researchers still do not know the exact cause of this condition, but some doctors believe that it might be caused by infant or maternal hormones.
SymptomsBaby acne can actually look like adult acne in most cases. Some may develop pimples or tiny red bumps and some might even develop some whiteheads as well. Reddish skin may surround the tiny bumps but it is not the time that it does so. Although babies can develop acne anywhere on the face, they are more prevalent on the cheeks. It may also develop on the neck and even on the upper back as well.
The more active the baby is, the more pronounced their acnes become. Rough fabrics may also contribute to the irritation and saliva or even vomit could cause acne to appear. In rare cases, baby acne may actually appear during childbirth but the vast majority of cases, the condition develops within two to four weeks after the mother gives birth.
How is the Condition Treated?
Baby acne, although quite common and may be annoying to look at, actually goes away without any intervention at all. However, there is some stubborn acne that may persist for a couple of months, in which case their pediatrician may prescribe a special ointment or cream that may help clear up the pimples and tiny inflamed spots.
Home remedies can actually be done to curb or even eliminate baby acne as well. You can clean your baby’s face regularly by giving them a warm bath. Avoid using harsh products that contain retinoids and do not use an abrasive brush. Resist the urge to squeeze the pimples- taking into account that your baby has really sensitive skin and any attempts to squeeze it may lead to scars.