My child has baby acne – what is it and how do I treat it?

  • by Petra Jelinkova

If your baby has tiny red pimples on their face or body, they might have baby acne. Baby acne mostly appears on the cheeks, chin or forehead, but might also affect the eyelids and chest. This common skin condition affects more than 30 percent of newborns. Gentle, natural cleansers such as our colloidal oatmeal bath soaks will clean and hydrate your baby’s skin without causing irritation. Seal in the hydration with an eczema moisturiser to keep the skin nourished for longer. 

What causes baby acne?

There is no clear answer for what causes baby acne. Experts often point to the hormones transferred between the mother to the baby in the final weeks of pregnancy, but as yet there are no definite answers or explanations. You might find rough fabrics, or using a particular washing detergent linked to your little one experiencing skin irritation. Also, the pores in a baby’s skin are not yet fully developed which makes it easier targets for dirt and irritants to be trapped in their skin, which can also result in bumps and pimples.

What does baby acne look like? Could it be eczema?

It can be quite difficult to tell the difference between baby acne and other skin conditions that commonly affect young children such as eczema. Eczema and other skin conditions are generally red and inflamed with areas of dry and cracked skin which may cause the baby a great deal of distress and severe itchiness. Baby acne is generally bumpier and not necessarily itchy. Both conditions commonly appear at a very young age, however, baby acne usually clears up within a short period of time. Eczema on the other hand, can persist well into childhood and adulthood and needs a regular skincare routine to keep the skin hydrated and strengthen the skin’s barrier to avoid eczema flare ups.

How can I treat my baby’s acne?

Baby acne will usually disappear without treatment but it is important to wash your baby’s face regularly with warm water as it is gentle and soothing. Make sure to use a soft cloth and a baby bath soak to very gently wash dirt and irritants away. It is important to avoid scrubbing, pinching or squeezing the acne which can further irritate their skin. A good eczema moisturiser can be applied after the soaks at bath time and reapplied as necessary throughout the day.

Some babies can have acne that persists for several weeks, in which case you should consult your doctor to investigate the possibility of eczema.

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

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