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Baby Acne

Newborn babies take time in adjusting to the new environment. They sometimes develop rash or baby acne. Some newborn baby girls have some vaginal bleeding, all this is normal and is no need for concern. Read here to know more about baby problems and their care.

Simran was distraught. Her newborn daughter's beautiful face suddenly broke out into a rash that resembled acne. Acne? Whoever heard of a newborn baby developing acne? That surely wasn't possible or was it? 


More than 30 percent of babies are born with, or more commonly, develop a rash soon after birth. There are various types of rashes, baby acne being one form. This form of acne usually begins when a baby is around 3 weeks, and can last until the baby is 4 or 6 months old. Baby acne is perfectly normal, and is caused by hormones passed to the baby, through the placenta, before birth. These hormones stimulate the oil glands on your baby's skin, leading to baby acne. In addition to acne, the hormones may also cause your newborn son or daughter to have tiny breasts. These breast buds are in no way permanent, and all soon disappear with time. Sometimes newborn girls may have some vaginal bleeding, similar to a period. This is also due to hormones passed on to the girl, and is not a cause for concern. The bleeding will stop soon enough, and will not recur until your daughter is an adolescent. 


Often, the baby's skin breaks out into pimples, and while most of the acne is in the form of red rash, whiteheads are also common. While the acne will be most visible on the face, a few pimples may appear on the chest and arms as well. If your child is agitated for some reason, heated up or unwell, the rash may become more severe, causing you further anxiety. Similarly, if his skin is irritated, the rash will worsen. Take care not to wash your child's towels or bibs in harsh detergents, as these may irritate the skin if not carefully and completely washed off. Make it a point to gently clean out saliva or milk from his face, so they do not cause further irritation. 


Clean his face with water gently, and use a mild baby soap to wash his face. There is no need to rush around looking for a cure. Baby rash disappears on its own, with time, so applying oils and medications will not help, and are in any case, not required. In fact, applying oils will almost definitely cause the acne to worsen. 


Make sure this is indeed acne, and the rash is not just because your baby is allergic to something. If you feel your child may have an allergy, keep a lookout for any possible allergens, and keep them away from your baby. 

Winter Care

If your baby has acne, how do you look after her skin in the winter? Always remember, use less moisutriser and stay away from heavy creams. Use light, non-scented lotions. Also, make sure you do not over-bundle your child. Your baby will show her discomfort if she is too cold, but will not, if she is too warm. As a result, your child's skin will break out into a heat rash (yes, heat rash is surprisingly common in the winter too) worsening her acne. So if you take your baby outdoors in the winter, cover her up well, but make sure you remove some of the layers when you bring your child indoors.  

And finally, there is no reason to believe that just because your child has had baby acne, she will be susceptible to teenage acne. At times, the babies with the severest acne have grown up to develop flawless skin.

Understand Baby's Skin: Read more about cradle cap, diaper rash and heat rash.

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Riya.9 years ago
very informative article.
Lawrence Hansen.9 years ago
seems to hit the nail on the head.. thanks
julia.9 years ago
very informative thankyou
Julie.9 years ago
this article really helped to make this new mom feel better. thanks!
Brenda Craig.9 years ago
my doctor says my 3 year old daughter has baby acne, isn't she too old?
susana.9 years ago
so cute baby it is just like u
rebecca.9 years ago
my baby boy finley started with acne at the age of 4 weeks, health visitors told me it was normal, but when i told them finn had blackheads. they refered me to the hospital.his poor face was awfull he had a complextion like a teenager. he is now on retin a cream, and antibiotics he is 9 months old now and his face is no better. but now i feel a little more better knowing that other babies have the same.
louise.9 years ago
it's nice to hear from others in the same boat. most people are really ignorant about this issue and i have had some very upsetting comments. my little boy (17 weeks) is on his second lot of antibiotics and still not better.
maria.9 years ago
my daughter was born with flawless skin but now has severe red bumps that seem to have liquid.
kavithareddu.9 years ago
this article is is very useful for newborn`s mother.
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