So, you’ve prepared your baby’s traveling bag because you are excited for the pictorial and upon arriving at the venue, you’ve noticed that your baby actually has some acne on its delicate face!
If you think that acne is only reserved for adolescents and adults, think again! There is actually a thing known as baby acne and in this article, I will talk about everything you need to know about the said skin condition.
What Causes It?
Researchers actually still cannot pinpoint the exact cause of baby acne, but they have some theories. One theory that seems to have doctors agree with it as well is that some of the mother’s hormones are carried into the physical being of the baby.
This means that, even at birth, they’ve stimulated more oil than what is deemed as common in most newborns. And, because babies typically have undeveloped pores, it can be a prime site for any dirt or fungi to go in and proliferate.
Couple that with their inherent sensitive skin and it may cause acne in babies. Even though this condition is somewhat common, it is no cause for concern and it doesn’t even require any treatment plan at all because they can go away after a couple of weeks.
As mentioned above, you rarely have to do anything about baby acne at all. However, there are some things that you can do to somehow mitigate its proliferation. Here are some treatment options:
- Clean the affected area using warm water about two to three times a day. Make sure that you pat your baby’s skin dry afterward
- Resist the urge to pick, squeeze, or even scrub the acne as it may only worsen the condition
- Do not use any soap, ointments, or lotion on the affected areas
- Do not use skincare products that are meant for adults. Remember that baby’s skin is quite sensitive and those products may be quite strong for them
- You may try natural remedies but before doing so, consult your baby’s doctor
- If the acne is too severe, you can ask their doctor to give you some prescription medication that may help with their condition.
Is It Acne or Rash?
Babies are also affected by rashes and parents can mistake one for the other. Baby acne is characterized by the appearance of red pimples, typically on the baby’s face. Milia or skin rash is actually characterized by tiny white bumps or even whiteheads.
However, there are also other forms of skin rashes as well. Some of them are:
- Diaper Rash- This is the most common type of rash and it is due to irritants, moisture, and too little area in the diaper area. They may look like red and irritated skin
- Baby Heat Rash- These are clusters of tiny and moist red bumps that look like adult acne that can appear on your baby’s upper chest, legs, arms, and may even spring up in the diaper area as well. This condition is actually itchy for babies which may result in the change of mood
- Infant Eczema- This condition is similar to adult eczema in that there may be the appearance of flaky, dry, and red patches around the scalp and cheeks. In some cases, the patches would spread to the elbow creases and even towards the baby’s knees.