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I thought acne started at adolescence, but my infant already has it. Is this normal?

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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Absolutely

Normal! it is called newborn acne, worst in boys than girls.
Due to hormones passed on from the mother. Self limiting, will resolve on its own in a few werks'time. Not to worry then.

In brief: Absolutely

Normal! it is called newborn acne, worst in boys than girls.
Due to hormones passed on from the mother. Self limiting, will resolve on its own in a few werks'time. Not to worry then.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Dr. Charlene Sojico
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Dr. Julia Stanford
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes!

We can get acne at any stage of life.

In brief: Yes!

We can get acne at any stage of life.
Dr. Julia Stanford
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Dr. Ruben Rucoba
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Baby acne appears as small, red or white bumps on the face, especially the cheeks and forehead.
Acne may spread to the neck and upper chest. There is no specific treatment for this, as it should fade in a few weeks or months. Don't scrub the acne and don't put creams or lotions on it, as these can make the acne worse. If the acne seems severe to you or lasts past 3 months, call your doctor.

In brief: Yes

Baby acne appears as small, red or white bumps on the face, especially the cheeks and forehead.
Acne may spread to the neck and upper chest. There is no specific treatment for this, as it should fade in a few weeks or months. Don't scrub the acne and don't put creams or lotions on it, as these can make the acne worse. If the acne seems severe to you or lasts past 3 months, call your doctor.
Dr. Ruben Rucoba
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Dr. Larry Hooper
I agree. It is common but can vary how extensive it is. It is called Neonatal Acne. In adolesence, acne is the result of a number of changes in hormone levels in the body. Similarly, a newborn infant is experiencing a number of changes in the hormones to which it was exposed in utero. After a couple of weeks, all levels in the infant should be at a normal and steady level for age and the neonatal acne should resolve. Just keep the skin clean as you would normally do. If you try to treat it as you would acne in an adolescent, you are only likely to cause more difficulty.
Dr. Marc Grella
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Babies can develop acne ("baby acne") starting at 3-6 weeks old.
Luckily, it does not hurt or itch and resolves by itself around 2-3 months old. No special care needed.

In brief: Yes

Babies can develop acne ("baby acne") starting at 3-6 weeks old.
Luckily, it does not hurt or itch and resolves by itself around 2-3 months old. No special care needed.
Dr. Marc Grella
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Dr. Jerry Casale
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Infant acne can be present at birth but usually appears after a few weeks of age.
It also only last a few weeks. No treatment necessary.

In brief: Yes

Infant acne can be present at birth but usually appears after a few weeks of age.
It also only last a few weeks. No treatment necessary.
Dr. Jerry Casale
Dr. Jerry Casale
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