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Feeling Guilty About Baby Acne

By alismith |

Those chubby cheeks are covered in bumps.

Just because it’s totally natural doesn’t mean I can’t consider baby acne to be cruel and unusual. It’s bad enough for teenagers, but for a brand-new little one with a perfect, sweet face to have break-outs day after day is just plain mean.

Baby Girl’s baby acne set in at about four-and-a-half weeks. Now nearing six weeks old, I’m hoping we’ll be able to say goodbye soon. According to Baby Center, we still don’t really know the cause of baby acne. Some blame it on a burst of hormones from mom just before labor, but from what I’ve read, research is pretty inconclusive.

Even knowing that, I continue to blame myself a little. And I know it’s crazy.Baby Girl is chunking up real fast. This is because I make a lot of milk, and it’s the good stuff. Some members of my family (who have had not had good luck with their milk production) choose to call me the Dairy Queen. I know it’s not right and there’s no foundation for this kind of thinking, but sometimes in the back of my head I wonder if the source of my child’s healthy physique is also the source of her acne: creamy milk.

I’m setting myself straight on that point. I know it’s unfounded. But here is something that really could be causing the problem: five different websites I just clicked-through to say to avoid getting breastmilk on your baby’s face as it can trigger or exacerbate baby’s acne. Obviously, these people don’t know what it’s like to struggle with hyperlactation.

And to confuse things more, several other sites I looked at said to put breastmilk on baby’s face to help heal it.

So, what to do? Sit it out. Cleanse her face with water and a soft washcloth and hope it goes away soon. And focus on Baby Center’s final word on the matter: “Have patience. Your baby’s acne doesn’t bother him in the least, so try not to let it bother you, either.”

Well said.

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Ali Smith is a blogger and writer who contributed to More of her work can be found on her personal blog, Ali Loves Curtis.

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8 thoughts on “Feeling Guilty About Baby Acne

  1. Brandy says:

    When our daughter had baby acne, her pedi recommened we put Aveeno cortisone cream on it. It worked like a charm! Just a thin layer after her bath and it was cleared up in just a few days. He also recommened that we use just plain Aveeno baby wash for a few days until it did clear up. So stay away from the scented soaps and lotions! GL!

  2. Kim says:

    My daughter had it the worst at her baptism, she was about 4 weeks old. Everyone was like “Oh her poor skin.” And I was like IT’S NOT MY FAULT I’VE TRIED EVERYTHING!! I felt so bad but it did clear up on its own.

  3. candi says:

    My guy had it for about a month, starting at 4 weeks too. It bugged me since our family was always asking why his face was so bumpy and red. I was hesitant to put anything on it since I didn’t want to irritate his skin anymore, but our doctor recommended Aquaphor so I tried it. The redness went away after a couple of days! Then we got to hear all the “wow, his face really cleared up!” comments.

    It works really well on any diaper rash too. It clears everything up really quickly and there’s no scent.

  4. cici says:

    Wow!! I too read that putting breast milk on acne would make it go away and it actually make it worse! My DD is 4 weeks and had one on her cheek. I put breast milk on her one acne and the next day she had them all over the same cheek! I’m definitely am going to try what the previous posts suggested! ;) My SIL suggested baby physoderm with my son, so I’m going to try that first. I remember it working.

    Also, I can tell you, when I had my DS I did go into labor but ended up a c/s 16 hrs later and he got really bad acne. I’m pretty sure I didn’t put breast milk on his face ever. With my DD I was a scheduled c/s… and she is getting acne now. It’s not nearly as bad as my son’s, yet. So……..

  5. kllv says:

    Are you kidding me? Of all the things in the world to be upset about, this is just ridiculous. My son had baby acne too. Guess what- no one even remembers he had it, and I’m a skin care professional.

  6. Erika says:

    My baby girl got it at 2 weeks, when she started spitting up…
    For a few days now (week 4) no spit up, better skin. I definitely think it is the breast milk clogging her pores and causing breakouts.
    Just a little warm water on a soft cloth a couple times a day helped.

  7. Chelle says:

    Neither of my kids were breastfed. None of my four grandkids (who I raised for several years from birth) were breastfed. They ALL had varying degrees of the baby acne. It’s perfectly normal, and it’s not caused by anything mom does or doesn’t do. Relax, enjoy the baby and the baby acne will soon be gone.

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