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Baby Acne and its Symptoms

Baby Acne


When a newborn is 2 to 5 weeks old, minor acne can be seen on the face, usually on the cheeks, nose, eyelids, chin, and forehead. Baby acne, also known as neonatal acne, is common – about 3 out of 10 babies get it.

Experts are not entirely sure of the cause of acne in your baby, but it can be due to one of the following:

  • Inflammation of baby’s skin due to yeast
  • Overstimulated sebaceous glands on the baby’s skin due to contact with hormones in the placenta during pregnancy.

Baby acne has nothing to do with the types of acne that teenagers may experience.



Baby acne is usually characterized by small red or white bumps on the baby’s cheeks, nose, and forehead. It usually develops within the first 2-4 weeks after birth.

Many babies also develop small white bumps on the nose, chin, or cheeks. These are known as millions.



Treatment is usually not recommended as acne in babies usually heals spontaneously within a few months. If your baby’s acne lasts much longer, your baby’s doctor may recommend medicated creams or other treatments. Do not try over-the-counter medications without first consulting your baby’s doctor. Some of these products can harm your baby’s sensitive skin.

These tips will help you care for your baby’s skin with acne.

  • Keeps your baby’s face clean. Wash your baby’s face daily with lukewarm water and mild baby soap.
  • Gently tap the baby’s face to dry it. Just dry your baby’s skin.
  • Do not pinch or rub acne. It can also cause irritation and infection.
  • Do not use lotions or oils on your baby’s face.

Toddlers can get skin bumps that look like very much like acne. In some cases, baby or infantile acne may even last into the toddler years, though this is uncommon.

Rarely, your little one may get a new bout of acne that’s different from baby acne.

Here’s what to look for and when to get treatment for toddler acne. Read about it on Healthline.com

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