2 Baby acne

Living and Loving - - BABY & TODDLER -

Baby acne is a com­mon and tem­po­rary con­di­tion. It’s char­ac­terised by small red or white bumps that usu­ally ap­pear on a new­born’s cheeks, fore­head and nose.

Baby acne usu­ally de­vel­ops two to four weeks af­ter birth and clears up on its own af­ter three or four months.

The con­di­tion is be­lieved to be caused by the mother’s ma­ter­nal hor­mones that cause the baby’s oil-pro­duc­ing glands to be­come over­ac­tive and block the pores.

It’s im­por­tant not to pick or pop the pim­ples as this can break the skin, in­tro­duce bac­te­ria and in­crease the risk of in­fec­tion. Wash the af­fected ar­eas with warm wa­ter twice a day and gen­tly pat the skin dry.

Don’t use soap or lo­tions on the af­fected ar­eas.

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