Baby acne. A strange pairing of words because acne normal is thought of to be an aftermath of a teenage hormonal rage. However baby acne is prevalent, and while most parents don’t understand why it occurs the reasoning is quite simple.
How Is Baby Acne Created?
Baby acne, or neonatal acne, is the result of hormones. Not the baby’s hormones, but the mother’s hormones exiting the newborn. While this doesn’t cause any harm to the child, it can sometimes result in red patches, found on their face, arms, legs, and sometimes back.
This patchy skin can appear at any age, but can last for a few weeks to a few months. This time is dependent on how long the mother’s hormones circulate in the newborn’s system and how long it takes to dissipate from the baby’s system.
What Does it Look Like?
The acne can come in the form of small reddish and white bumps, surrounded by irritated skin. This is most likely confused with Mila, or small white bumps that most newborns have. As a parent, it is tempting to want to take action for your child’s skin, but there are a few do’s and don’ts when approaching baby acne.
Side Effects of Baby Acne
Since baby acne is not harmful to the child, it is most recommended to leave the blemishes alone, and allow the hormones to circulate out of the child’s system. However the most common approach is to gently clean the affected areas with a damp, warm cloth. While it is tempting to take more assertive measures, DO NOT apply store bought acne medication to the baby acne. These medications are prepared for young adults and adults, and thus can be very harsh to a newborn’s skin. Since time is the most effective method to clearing the child’s skin, allow nature to do its part.
How Long Does It Last?
The best news out of all of this, is that the baby acne (on average) clears up in newborns roughly around 6 months of age. However if the acne still persists to 8 or more months, or you are concerned about the health of your child, consult a doctor and seek medical advice.