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

In brief: 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.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Deborah Cole-Sedivy
I agree with not treating the neonatal acne. The baby's acne is caused by the leftover maternal hormone levels and cause over active oil glands to become plugged.. Using neutral washes (Dove, Neutrogena) for the baby's skin is all that is necessary.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
In brief: Depends
Neonatal acne usually goes away without treatment after a few months.
It can be caused by a reaction to either internal or external factors causing irritation, inflammation or an allergic reaction. It can also be caused by hormones in the mother's breast milk. Switching to formula can help if hormones are the cause.

In brief: Depends
Neonatal acne usually goes away without treatment after a few months.
It can be caused by a reaction to either internal or external factors causing irritation, inflammation or an allergic reaction. It can also be caused by hormones in the mother's breast milk. Switching to formula can help if hormones are the cause.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Dr. Ruben Rucoba
Pediatrics
In brief: No
Baby acne is completely normal and harmless.
It doesn't cause scarring like teenage acne can. It's best to do nothing about the acne. Often, parents will apply lotions, creams or gels, which only cause a new rash or irritation. It's best to wash the face with a gentle soap and avoid using anything else. Just be patient: the acne will go away.

In brief: No
Baby acne is completely normal and harmless.
It doesn't cause scarring like teenage acne can. It's best to do nothing about the acne. Often, parents will apply lotions, creams or gels, which only cause a new rash or irritation. It's best to wash the face with a gentle soap and avoid using anything else. Just be patient: the acne will go away.
Dr. Ruben Rucoba
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