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Newborn acne, or baby acne, is acne on a newborn child, generally on the chin and forehead. This type of acne is caused by the flood of hormones that the baby receives from the mother’s body and it usually develops during the first month after birth. Newborn acne is more common in boys than in girls.
Newborn acne is different from the tiny white bumps that many babies are born with, called milia. It can be angry and red looking, especially when the baby cries. Although newborn acne is generally not a cause for concern, it can, in rare instances, be a sign of a hormonal problem. If your infant’s acne does not clear up within the first three months, you should ask the doctor for advice, although, if you are diligent about going to each of your baby’s well-child check-ups, the doctor will probably already have noticed the acne and discussed it with you.
In general, no treatment is necessary for baby acne. Just be sure to keep your child’s skin clean and dry it gently. Don’t use oils or harsh cleansers on your baby’s skin. If the acne doesn’t clear up within a few months, or if it is particularly harsh, the doctor may recommend a topical cream or cleanser for you to use.
Don’t use any over-the-counter acne medications unless your doctor recommends them.
Originally published as Baby acne
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