Think of a baby and what comes to your mind? A pink, glowing chubby face with soft and clear skin! But do you know that even babies are affected by pimples? Shocking, isn’t it? Sad but true, acne, which is often noticed in kids when they reach puberty and adolescence, can occur in babies also soon after birth. Surprisingly, baby acne is a common condition affecting almost 20% of newborn babies. This usually happens at the time of birth or within 3-4 weeks after birth, affecting mostly baby boys. The condition can be characterized by red pimples on the cheeks, forehead and chin. However, it can also affect the chest, neck, and back, though it is comparatively less. Nonetheless, infant acne is not an issue of worry as it can be efficiently treated and quickly alleviated. Take a look at the common causes that result in the outburst of acne in infants. Also, find out how to manage this problem easily.  

Causes Of Infant Acne

  • In the last months of pregnancy, the mother passes several things to her baby, including calcium, iron, hormones, and so on. These hormones cross the placenta into the baby and form oil glands on the skin causing bumps that look like pimples.
  • Hormones can also be transferred to the baby through nursing or breastfeeding.
  • The baby’s skin, when exposed to female hormones, develops acne, pimples, and whiteheads, which disappear by themselves when the hormones exit the baby’s body completely.
  • There are certain medicines, when used during nursing, can lead the outbreak of infant acne.
  • If the baby’s skin is likely to come in contact with harsh detergents, saliva, or milk, it can also result in the development of acne.

Treatment Of Infant Acne

  • Try to keep the area around the baby’s skin clean and dry as much possible. Any germs and dirt in the surrounding areas can aggravate the condition further.
  • Wear soft fabric clothes that are washed in natural detergent. Since you would be holding your baby against your clothing, the acne can worsen by rubbing against rough and coarse fabrics.
  • Make sure that you do not overheat your baby as this can further lead to the breakout of acne.
  • Wash your baby’s face with a mild baby soap and water once daily. Ensure that you do not scrub your baby’s skin as this can cause irritation and itchiness, thereby worsening the condition.
  • Use a special, chemical-free detergent manufactured specially for infants to wash all your baby’s clothes.
  • Do not use oils or lotions to get rid of baby acne. This will make the baby acne worse as your baby’s skin is sensitive.
  • If you wish, you can cover the pimples on your baby’s face with a concealer that is designed specially for sensitive skin. However, it is best to consult a pediatrician before going ahead with this cure.
  • You can apply a vinegar solution on your baby’s acne. However, this works only in some cases. Thus, talk to your pediatrician and test a small patch of your baby’s skin to ensure that it does not cause any irritation.
  • Do not use formula milk containing soymilk since it is highly concentrated with hormone mimicking ingredients which induce effects of puberty at a very young age.
  • In case infant acne gets severe or lasts for more than 6 months, take your baby immediately to a pediatrician.

With proper cleanliness and care, your infant’s acne will subside with time. Ensure utmost care to let your baby flaunt soft, pink, and clear skin all over again.