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.”