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How can I tell the difference between newborn acne and an allergic eczema reaction?

How can I tell the difference between newborn acne and an allergic eczema reaction?

Pustules: Newborn acne causes pustules or pimples on the skin. Eczema causes a red, itchy rash, pustules do not occur unless the eczema is infected. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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How are newborn acne and an allergic reaction different?

How are newborn acne and an allergic reaction different?

Doctor can evaluate: Baby rashes are pretty common, but hard to describe in words. Babies commonly get erythema toxicum spots after birth, which can resemble acne (but they don't open up nor ooze). Later, they can get baby acne, which resembles teen acne, but baby acne spots generally don't break open. A pediatrician or dermatologist can look at the rash to help decide what it is. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acne and an allergic reaction?

What is the difference between acne and an allergic reaction?

Many: An allergic reaction is due to an immunoglobulin called ige and involves histamine and other mediators or chemicals produced in the body. Acne is a an inflammatory process involving the sebaceous follicles and androgen, a hormone. Acne can also manifest in noninflammatory forms but does not involve the chemicals of an allergic reaction or ige which is the lynchpin of an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Can I have some tips needed on newborn acne please?

Can I have some tips needed on newborn acne please?

Patience: The baby acne is a common event that reflects hormones transferred during the pregnancy. While the baby is floating in moisture, the skin is will not respond, but within weeks of birth they break out for many weeks before the hormone levels begin to drop ; the acne disappears. Keeping the skin clean ; avoiding irritating soaps helps. Occasional use of a 1/2% hc once daily can calm some lesions. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is getting acne an allergic reaction?

Can you tell me is getting acne an allergic reaction?

No: Acne is a serious, not-altogether-understood, non-lifestyle-related, chronic illness that is a grave personal and professional liablity. If someone has told you that it's an allergy and to try to manage it by diet, that person is ignorant. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What can someone do about baby acne? What is the difference between baby acne and eczema?

What can someone do about baby acne? What is the difference between baby acne and eczema?

Different conditions: Baby acne results from mother's hormones circulating in her baby;s body, while eczema is a form of immune hypersensitivity characterized by red, dry flaking patches. Baby acne resolves on it's own, while eczema requires careful skin care with hypoallergenic fragrance free washes, moisturizers and laundry detergents +/- topical steroids. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between baby eczema and baby acne?

Whats the difference between baby eczema and baby acne?

Pimples: Baby acne occurs in newborns due to hormones passed through placenta. Typically only on the face, with small pimples which resolve without treatment.Eczema is itchy skin on arms, legs and face which mares love at about 6 months or develop more chronic course that flares usually in dry winter weather until age 6. ...Read more

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My doctor gave me doxy and minocyclin for my acne but I had a allergic reaction to both of them. What else can I take?

My doctor gave me doxy and minocyclin for my acne but I had a allergic reaction to both of them. What else can I take?

Lots of ideas: Benzoyl peroxide is your best friend right now; I trust you used it on combination with the tetracyclines. Keep using this, and perhaps add topical clindamycin. Systemic erythromycin with topical benzoyl peroxide kept me good for two decades. There's a host of others; some can only be taken by women. Best wishes ...Read more

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I had an allergic reaction and got acne. What can I do to get this treated?

I had an allergic reaction and got acne. What can I do to get this treated?

No relation: Acne is not related to the allergic reaction. But, if you were given steroids to treat the reaction these may have caused your acne. It should resolve once the steroid effect wears off. ...Read more

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How do you know if you had an allergic reaction to acne medication?

Allergic reaction: One would assume this is a topical preparation. The way to know is to use it, if the reaction happens....Stop it. If the reaction goes away, then you reintroduce. If it returns, then you are likely reacting to it. ...Read more

Baby Acne (Definition)

Baby acne is a rash of small red bumps or pustules on a baby's cheeks, nose, and forehead. It often develops within the first few weeks after birth, and gradually goes away with age. Baby acne may look worse when a baby is fussing or crying. Many young babies also have tiny white bumps on the nose, which are known as milia, and ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more