Baby Acne Can Be a Mother's Worst Nightmare

What You Need to Know About Baby Acne

When you think of a baby's complexion, you think of smooth, blemish-free skin -- which is why baby acne is such a disturbing development for most parents. After all, you clean your baby and take proper care of him (or her). Why in the world has baby acne plagued your little darling's complexion? We have the answers.

What is Baby Acne?

First things first -- baby acne has nothing to do with hygiene. Babies develop acne due to the hormones transferred to them during the birth process and when breast feeding. Baby acne usually appears as little red bumps on the face, and while the bumps may affect your baby's complexion, they don't do any harm.

Treating Baby Acne

Baby acne will usually go away on its own by the time your baby reaches six months of age. You should never use acne products on a baby as they are much too harsh for baby skin. Instead, gently wash your baby's face once a day with mild soap. Of course, never EVER pop any whiteheads that may form. Your baby's skin is very delicate and scarring is likely if you try to do this.

If you notice that your baby's acne is getting worse instead of better, it may actually be a reaction to the detergent or soap you are using. Try switching brands and if that does not correct the problem, you may want to check in with your baby's pediatrician just to make sure it's nothing more serious than baby acne.

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