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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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Baby acne is felt to be triggered by babies high level of maternal hormone levels that sustained the pregnancy & prepaired for breast feeding. Clamping the cord cuts off new hormone input, but leaving the wet spa of pregnancy puts baby in contact with skin irritants and germs. The process accelerates for a while before peaking & the intensity varies. Eventually the hormones & acne are gone.
Dr. Marina Armendariz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Baby Acne: Yes it is normal, it is thought to be hormone related. Putting creams or lotions on it will not help. Reassure that it will go away.

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