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what causes baby acne?

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Dr. Mary Ellen Luchetti
Dermatology 35 years experience
Hormones: Maternal hormones that pass through the placenta.
Dr. Joshua Fox
Dermatology 39 years experience
Baby: Baby acne is usually caused by hormones that babies receive from their mother at the end of pregnancy. Some products can also rarely promote baby acne.
Dr. Melissa Arca
Specializes in Pediatrics
Maternal Hormones: Baby acne is the result of maternal hormones passed onto your baby during pregnancy. These hormones stimulate the oil glands and cause those red, sometimes white bumps on your baby's cheeks and forehead. Baby acne typically makes its appearance at 3-4 weeks of age. It is very common and unfortunately, cannot be prevented. Take heart though, it will resolve on its own.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Same as regular acne: Hormones -- mommy's hormones in case of baby acne, transmitted through the placenta or breast milk. Normal. Nothing to worry about, or do. Unless they start having baby proms.

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How can I treat baby acne?

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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Observe: Baby acne is common and should resolved within 2-3 months. You may want to use a mild soap such as cetaphil. No other treatment is necessary for mild acne.
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Is baby acne normal?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: Yes - baby acne is common and normal. It is only a cosmetic issue and not truly a medical problem.
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What are the symptoms of baby acne?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
It's like acne...: It's exactly like regular acne, except blackheads are uncommon, and of course it is in a baby, under 6 months usually. There is actually another baby rash called "erythema toxicum" that looks a lot like acne, but since neither one needs any treatment and both go away on their own, the difference is not at all important.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is baby acne the cause of your acne later in life?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
NO : Acne among teens are caused by hormonal influence.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

My baby is 9 weeks old and is affected with baby acne... Healing it has left white patches.. What to treat to dimnish it?

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Dr. Kristi Woods
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Time: I would not recommend that you put anything on your baby's face at this point. The lighter patches will very likely go away on their own.

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