Infant Acne

The worst experience for any parents is finding their baby demure with ailments. The glowing and shining face of infants is always a delight for parents as well as anybody around. When parents love to see their child’s pink and bubbly face always, those reddish, bumpy acnes destroy the whole charm.

Acne is a condition of the skin caused by irregularities of different factors like hormones, oil content of the skin etc. While acne in adults is considered as a malady, in infants it is a very common phenomenon. Therefore, the good news for parents is that infant acne is a natural condition which automatically withers away, as it appears, after a certain period of time.

Causes of infant acne:

The main cause of infant acne is hormones, which pass from the placenta of mothers to babies. Those hormones cross into the baby’s body and continue being there for quite some time. These maternal hormones actually trigger the breakout of acne. The system of babies goes through a cleansing process and the skin also takes part in that. Babies actually respond in different ways while the cleansing goes on, and one among those responses is acne. Thus, it’s a natural way of the infants to have acne and no treatment as such can be prescribed for this. Generally acne appears between 3-4 weeks of birth and may continue up to six months of the baby’s age.

Types of Infant Acne:

There are three different types of baby acnes generally found in small children. They are categorized as:

  • Neonatal Acne:

Neonatal acne appears with typical pimples after birth or at birth.

  • Infantile Acne:

Infantile acne generally appears in babies from 3 months of age and later. Babies with infantile acne develop yellow papules on the face, nose and cheeks. Comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and pustules also characterize infantile acne.

  • Milia:

Milia or miliaria acne develops during the first week of life. It is induced by the warming of the body by an incubator, occlusive dressings, clothing, or fever. Milia is usually distributed over the face and scalp as white bumps on the skin surface.

Tips to Prevent Baby’s Acne:

Following are the few tips you can try to help your child be less affected by acne:

  • Keep the area, around the mouth of your baby, dry. The usual spitting of babies can aggravate acne.
  • Keep watching the acnes on your child’s skin. Consult your doctor in aggravated cases.
  • Use soft fabric clothes for yourself, which are washed in mild detergents. Rough clothes may aggravate your child’s acne when you hold it close to you.
  • Use mild baby soap and clean water to wash your baby’s face. Do not wash again and again and do not ever scrub, which will worsen the condition.
  • Wash your baby’s clothes with chemical free detergents.
  • Do not use oils and lotions for infant acne.
  • Avoid any kind of chemical products for your child. Try using natural products as much as possible.

Seeing your child with acne is heart rending. But as it is said earlier, this is a very common situation for any child. Infant acne occurs at a certain time and also withers away after some time. However, one needs to take care so that the problem can be prevented from being worse. Nevertheless, always consult your doctor before treating infant acne as the safety of your baby is more precious to you than anything else.