A lot of parents never have heard of baby acne before they come into my office.
They often come in saying, my baby has a rash on her face, and my baby‘s got pimples.
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As for natural baby acne remedies, breast milk — nature’s wonderful food — can also be the best medicine, thanks to its antimicrobial properties. Aside from easing cradle cap and clogged tear ducts, some mothers find that breast milk can help clear up newborn acne (consider it baby’s first pimple cream!).
These same hormones can cause acne during pregnancy and acne after giving birth for mom too. Since baby’s skin is delicate, baby acne can be aggravated by milk, formula, or spit-up coming in contact with the skin. … If your newborn has acne, don’t use soap, lotion, or creams on his face. These can irritate acne, too.
Baby acne can pop up anywhere on your newborn’s body, but it’s most often seen on their cheeks and back. … It is different from infantile acne in that open “blackheads” don’t usually appear in baby acne. This skin condition normally becomes visible within two to four weeks of your baby’s birth.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Unrefined organic coconut oil or extra virgin coconut oil soothes and moisturizes your baby’s skin. By simply applying a few drops and gently adding it to the affected areas up to four times a day, the acne clears up. Coconut oil is completely natural and is perfect for rashes too
Pink pimples (“neonatal acne”) are often caused by exposure in the womb to maternal hormones. … They can last for weeks or even months on baby’s skin. This rash should not cause the baby any discomfort.
These same hormones can cause acne during pregnancy and acne after giving birth for mom too. Since baby’s skin is delicate, baby acne can be aggravated by milk, formula, or spit-up coming in contact with the skin.
What should I do? So, baby acne is normal.
It comes from two reasons.
One, baby acne can come from the hormones that the mom has in her body during the pregnancy that the baby is getting exposed to those same hormones, almost like being a teenager.
So, the baby can develop baby acne.
Secondly, mothers that breast feed are passinga lot of hormones as well to their baby, and the babies can continue to have baby acnefor a little bit longer, let’s say a couple of months after being born.
And this is all normal.
We do not treat baby acne.
It’s just a cosmetic issue.
It doesn’t itch the baby or irritate the baby.
It’s just not pleasant to look at for some parents.
I do happen to like Aquaphor, which is a mixture of glycerin and Vaseline, and if you put that a little bit on the baby acne, it just takes away the redness sometimes, but it does not cure it.
I always say that baby acne is most bothersome to grandparents because they don’t like to see it in the photos, but it really is not a medical condition that needs to be treated at all.