NEONA­TAL ACNE

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Medical Mum -

What is it? About one in five new­borns will de­velop neona­tal acne in the first three months of life. It takes the form of small red bumps and pim­ples, usu­ally on a baby’s cheeks and fore­head. What causes it? Un­for­tu­nately, the causes of neona­tal acne are not well un­der­stood.

Treat­ment: Neona­tal acne tends to clear up with­out any treat­ment. In the mean­time, you can wash your baby’s face daily with mild mois­tur­is­ing soap. Do not use over-the-counter acne prod­ucts, such as face washes or lo­tions, on a baby’s sen­si­tive skin and, what­ever you do, avoid the urge to squeeze the pim­ples!

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