What is it? Baby acne is just that – a breakout of acne on a baby.
Age to expect it. During the newborn stage, usually within the first few weeks of life.
How long until it goes away? Anywhere between two weeks and a few months.
Parts of body most affected. Cheeks, nose, and forehead. While it is not exactly known why, boys are usually more likely to develop acne. Some doctors believe it has to do with genetics and the way the mother’s hormones interact with those genes during pregnancy. But again, there is no scientific explanation as of yet.
Time of year to watch out for it. Whatever time of year your baby happens to be born.
What causes it? There may be debate as to which parent baby got his big, brown eyes from, but he definitely can thank mama for his case of baby acne. It is generally the result of a woman’s hormonal changes while pregnant that stimulate a baby’s oil glands.
Helpful hints. Acne is just as pesky in babies as it is in teenagers, but luckily it won’t last forever. For that reason, there really isn’t much medically to be done. In the meantime, gently cleanse baby’s face with warm water until it disappears. Also, pat skin dry, refrain from pinching or scrubbing it, and stay away from lotions and oils on the face.
Home remedy hint. Rubbing a few drops of breast milk on the skin may just be better than a visit to the dermatologist. Again, it isn’t yet known why this helps, but it is believed to have something to do with the antibacterial properties in breast milk.
When to consult a doctor. Baby acne doesn’t really need to be treated, so a doctor only needs to be consulted if you notice signs of infection, fever, or swelling, or feel something more suspicious could be happening.
Medical myths debunked. Rumor has it that baby acne could be a result of nursing. While it’s been said that taking certain medications while nursing may trigger baby acne, there is no scientific proof of this. Experts most often give mom’s hormones as the main cause.