Baby acne is a very common condition among newborn babies. Baby acne can be present at the time of birth or may usually develop within 2 to 4 weeks after birth. About 20 per cent of new born baby get affected by baby acne.
As a result of baby acne, the skin of the baby may appear rough and red. It can appear in the form of whiteheads, blackheads and pustules on the forehead, cheeks and chin. But baby acne is harmless and usually resolves within few weeks on its own.
It is said that baby acne is the result of hormonal changes. The transfer of hormones from the mother to the baby, through the placenta is the cause of baby acne. The hormones can also be transferred in the form of mother's milk. Unlike teen acne, there is no clear reason for baby acne.
Baby acne, when left undisturbed, usually clears up within a few weeks on it's own. The doctors generally do not advice any medical treatment because the situation might get worsened by irritation if you apply any acne products such as gels and lotions.
Always clean your baby's face. Take care to thoroughly remove any food particles, including milk, from the face. Baby skin is far softer than we think it is. Even seemingly innocent food particles can cause much harm to their skin.
Harsh detergents should not be used while washing the clothes of the baby. Normal detergents contain many potent chemicals which can irritate the skin.
You should never rub baby acne. In case of adults, scrubbing off the acne can be considered as a solution, in some cases. In the case of baby acne, this is a strict no-no.
Overall cleanliness is very important when treating baby acne. However, there are times when even utmost cleanliness does not serve the purpose. If the baby acne refuses to go away even after a long duration and your best efforts, then it is time to consult the doctors. If it is not cured within two or three weeks, it may well be symptoms of any other ailment. Hence, do not delay seeking medical opinion if you cannot solve the problem by yourself.
An interesting fact
Generally, baby acne occurs in an infant when he is around 4 weeks old and persists till the age of 4 months. It can appear on the chin, forehead, cheeks and, sometimes even, on the back of the child. The condition is more common in male infants than the female ones.