How to Avoid and Cure Baby Acne?

Acne It is common that most babies get acne, which can be generally a rash of small red bumps or whiteheads on the face. But, sometimes they may also develop on the neck and back. But, if the acne appears scaly on your baby’s face, let your pediatrician make sure that it is not eczema before starting treatment considering them as baby acne.

Baby Acne

Babies are born with clear and smooth skin, but around second to fourth week, a few may develop rashes on the face. This condition is known as baby acne. Rashes may be tiny yellow, white or red dots or red blotches. Hormones in the baby’s body produce excess skin oil. These oil glands and skin pores become clogged and thereby, look like acne.

Causes of Baby Acne:

  • It is very difficult to identify a single specific reason for the development of acne in babies. According to the researchers, it is commonly caused by the mother’s hormones that pass to the baby in the placenta during pregnancy.
  • But, they generally make their appearance only after 3 to 4 weeks. The hormones trigger oil-producing glands in the baby, which leads to acne formation.
  • It may also be due to taking certain medications. Experts also believe that some specific medicines which are taken by the baby or the mother may also cause the development of acne.
  • The condition of your baby’s skin can worsen for few days if the skin comes in contact with milk or saliva. And, increased blood flow to the skin, which is generally caused by crying also irritates your babies’ skin.
  • Irritants such as fabrics washed using strong detergents or rough fabrics may also cause pimples in babies.

Tips to Avoid and Cure Baby Acne:

  • Use water or a mild baby soap to gently wash your baby’s face once in a day. Acne is not caused by dirt. So do not scrub your baby’s face. If you do it causes the irritation to worsen.
  • Don’t clean your baby’s face with towels that are washed in harsh detergents. It may worsen acne.
  • Use warm water to wash the face. It helps to open the pores and clears the oils and sweat that can contribute to acne formation.
  • Never use greasy lotions and oils. They can aggravate skin’s sensitive condition, and also contribute to clogging of pores and persisting irritation.
  • Stop over-bundling your baby because it could cause a heat rash that worsens baby acne. If the acne last beyond the first 6 months or cause facial scarring, then get your baby treated by your pediatrician.
  • An over-the-counter ionic colloidal silver solution helps killing the bacteria in excess oils. It also stops uncomfortable itching, reduces swelling and promotes healthy skin growth.

Home Remedies for Baby Acne:

  • Mix one tablespoon each of lemon juice and honey and apply it on acne afflicted area using a cotton ball. Allow it to stay for 30 minutes and rinse with warm water.
  • Apply breast milk on the acne affected area on the baby’s face with a cotton ball. Let it stay for 15 minutes and clean with water.
  • Use mild soap and warm water to wash the baby’s face. Wash the baby’s face twice a day. This helps in opening up the pores and in clearing sweat and oils which contribute to the development of acne.
  • Always wipe your baby’s face gently using a wet cloth after feeding the baby.
  • Ensure that you clean the saliva from the face of your baby as it may also lead to the development of acne.
  • Consume more fresh fruit juices and lots of water. Make sure that you do not consume much oily food or stuff which aggravates acne.
  • Never use greasy oils and lotions on the baby’s skin as it aggravates the sensitivity of the skin and also clogs the pores thus, causes irritation.
  • Always wash baby’s clothes and also other items like pillow covers, bed sheets, etc with mild detergents.

To know more about acne treatment for babies, we also suggest you to read one of our articles on Baby Acne Treatment.