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Baby acne


Disease: Baby acne Baby acne
Category: Children diseases
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Disease Definition:

Although baby acne isn’t pretty, but it’s common and temporary. Many newborns develop acne on their forehead, cheeks and chin. Because there isn’t much someone can do to prevent baby acne, not doing anything at all is the best treatment.

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Symptoms, Causes


Baby acne usually develops in the first three to four weeks after birth, and they usually look like small red bumps on the baby’s forehead, cheeks and chin. In case the baby is fussy or crying, the acne could look worse.
Many babies also develop milia, which are tiny white bumps on their cheeks, nose or chin.


Baby acne is much more common in boys, and it can rarely be a sign of a hormonal problem. Usually, it is caused by hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy.





Within several weeks, baby acne usually disappears, but in some cases it could linger for months or maybe longer, in the meantime the parent should:


  • Dry the baby’s face gently, simply by patting his/her skin.
  • Keep the baby’s face clean by washing the baby’s face two or three times a day with warm water.
  • Abstain from pinching or scrubbing the acne because it can cause more irritation or even infection.

The baby may be recommended a medical cream or other treatments in case the acne is particularly stubborn. In some rare cases, if there are any underlying conditions, they should be treated.


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