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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


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7 week infant has baby acne and dry skin on face. What can I do to help? How long does thr acnd usually last?

7 week infant has baby acne and dry skin on face. What can I do to help? How long does thr acnd usually last?

Patience: Baby acne is a common and temporary problem. It usually appears by age 2 weeks and disappears by 3 months. Keeping the skin clean is the major plan. If it persists after 3 months and or intensifies, some normal ace treatments can be beneficial, but the doc should look into unusual hormonal issues as a cause at that point. ...Read more

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Can a 3 week old infant get baby acne on her head? All over her face also including eyelids. Everyday it's getting worse. What can I do?

Can a 3 week old infant get baby acne on her head? All over her face also including eyelids. Everyday it's getting worse. What can I do?

Baby acne: Baby acne is a common occurence. Wash her face with mild soap once a day. Do not try to pop the pimples or blackheads. The acne will disappear over several months. If the acne is becoming more widespread have her seen by her doctor. ...Read more

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Can baby acne appear in places other than the babies face? My son's ped diagnosis him w/baby acne. But it has spread to his arms and shoulders.

Can baby acne appear in places other than the babies face? My son's ped diagnosis him w/baby acne. But it has spread to his arms and shoulders.

Anywhere teens have: Baby acne is very similar in origin and distribution as that of a teenager. The face & upper chest & back are most often involved along with the shoulders. All the lesions seem to be a similar age & gradually fade over time. ...Read more

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18 days old developed an allergy that looks like baby acne. Do babies develop this condition weeks after birth? Rash is only on forehead and cheeks.

18 days old developed an allergy that looks like baby acne. Do babies develop this condition weeks after birth? Rash is only on forehead and cheeks.

Baby acne: 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 1-3 weeks after birth they break out for many weeks until the hormone levels drop & the acne disappears. Keeping the skin clean ; avoiding irritating soaps helps. It has no relationship to allergy. If it persists > 3mo see the doc ...Read more

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Will rubbing a pee-soaked diaper on an infant's face and/or tongue cure him of thrush and baby acne?

Will rubbing a pee-soaked diaper on an infant's face and/or tongue cure him of thrush and baby acne?

Not advisable: There is much folklore surrounding the use of urine as a cure-all, but little evidence of any benefit. Urine should be sterile and not cause disease, but there are much better treatments for both oral thrush and acne. Baby acne does not need treatment and will go away on its own. Benzoyl peroxide is far more effective for treatment of adult acne. ...Read more

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What's the difference between baby eczema and baby acne?

What's 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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Baby acne reaction to antibiotics, what to do?

Baby acne reaction to antibiotics, what to do?

Unclear question: Do you have a rash on your face that looks like acne while on antibiotics? Rashes are very hard to evaluate unless seen. I would see your doc for a look. ...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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How to remove baby acne or breakouts?

How to remove baby acne or breakouts?

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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What is the best remedy for baby acne?

What is the best remedy for baby acne?

Nothing: Clean skin regularly with a clean water, it will go away by itself. ...Read more

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Is there a cream that cures baby acne?

Is there a cream that cures baby acne?

Do nothing: Baby acne is a short-lived condition linked to mom's hormones circulating around in the baby. And there are other acne-like conditions a baby can have that also resolve on their own. So, just watching and maybe using a mild moisturizer would be a reasonable temp measure. But most often nothing needs to be done. ...Read more

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At what age in a baby does baby acne typically appear?

At what age in a baby does baby acne typically appear?

Newborn: Baby acne usually appears in the first few weeks and can last a couple months. ...Read more

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My 3 month old has had baby acne for over a month?  how can I treat?  

My 3 month old has had baby acne for over a month?  how can I treat?  

No need.: Your baby's skin is reacting to your hormones, which will eventually be excreted out, and the acne will clear by itself. No treatment is needed. You won't have to deal with it again until he or she becomes a teenager and starts making his/her own hormones. ...Read more

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Is there something I can do for my baby's complexion while he has baby acne?

Is there something I can do for my baby's complexion while he has baby acne?

No need to...: Treatment of acne is something you do for someone who is embarrassed to appear in public (or on a date) with zits and pimples. I think it's safe to assume that a newborn is unlikely to feel embarrassment, and in any case acne goes away by 6 mo. I would suggest simply avoiding things that make it (and other skin conditions) worse, such as harsh soaps, rubbing, wet wipes, and overuse of steroids. ...Read more

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My son is 1 month and has baby acne, its dry and scaling. How do I treat it?

My son is 1 month and has baby acne, its dry and scaling. How do I treat it?

Moisture: Before asking your doctor if you need to use an over-the-counter or prescription medication, try to moisturize. ...Read more

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My baby is 2months old with baby acne. I was wonder how long will it take for it to go away?

Usually gone by 4-6: Baby acne is a transient issue related to hormonal exposure in pregnancy. It has usually disappeared by 4-6m.Any acne like outbreak present at 12m or later suggests a different source of hormonal stimulation & should be looked into. ...Read more

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

Time: Infantile acne almost always resolves on its own without treatment. If there was some inflammation present it can temporarily effect pigmentation as you describe. This too will almost always resolve, but it will be a slow process. If your pediatrician cannot help you then you should consider seeing a dermatologist to help confirm this and make you feel better about it. ...Read more

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My son is 6wks and has baby acne. How do I treat it? I've been washing it with mild soap for a week and its not clearing up

My son is 6wks and has baby acne. How do I treat it? I've been washing it with mild soap for a week and its not clearing up

No need to treat: Any differently from what you are doing. It is a benign, self-resolving condition, caused by the hormones passed on from mom to baby. It usually peaks at 4-6 weeks and then resolves, as those hormone levels diminish in your baby. Regular acne treatments will not make it go away any faster and may be irritating to your baby's skin and make it worse. If it continues past 3 months, talk to his doctor. ...Read more

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My 4 week old son has baby acne really bad some days worse then others. Anything I can do to clear it up or what should I do? Please help

My 4 week old son has baby acne really bad some days worse then others. Anything I can do to clear it up or what should I do? Please help

Do nothing: Newborn acne is self-limited and will go away on its own. It is caused by hormonal stimulation during gestation. ...Read more

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Is baby acne normal?

Is baby acne normal?

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. ...Read more

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What causes baby acne?

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What causes baby acne?

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. ...Read more

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What causes baby acne?

What causes baby acne?

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. ...Read more

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How can I treat baby acne?

How can I treat baby acne?

No treatment necc.: Usually, "baby acne" (which isn't actually acne) will go away on it's own, but in more-severe cases, treatment can be very effective. Visit your pediatrician to determine if it is what's commonly called "acne" and discuss if any treatments are needed. ...Read more

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Why does my child have baby acne?

Why does my child have baby acne?

Hormones: Changes in hormone levels cause baby acne. This is not dangerous, not permanent, does not need treatment and generally does not scar. It should generally clear up by about 3 months. ...Read more

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Describe the features of baby acne.?

Describe the features of baby acne.?

Like teenage acne: Baby acne like teenage acne is causedby changes in hormone levels. Unlike teenage acne it is self limited and does not require treatment. ...Read more

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How long will my baby have baby acne?

How long will my baby have baby acne?

1-3 months old: In my experience, all but the most mild cases of infant acne peak in the second month of life and then fade gradually over the following few weeks. I tell parents that it will probably get worse before it gets better. Happily, in some cases, both they and I are pleasantly suprised. ...Read more

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Help! Can baby acne turn into freckles?

Help! Can baby acne turn into freckles?

See below: I would say not freckles but some areas can become more pigmented after any inflammatory process. So the area may look darker but is likely not a freckle. ...Read more

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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


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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more