Many people tend to believe that acne is a skin condition that only affects teenagers and are enough surprised to discover that adults have it too and even old people. However, some are actually stunned by the news that even babies have acne.
After all, acne causes are the same and anyone can experience them at some point. The problem with babies however is that their skin is sensitive enough when they born and some of the skin conditions you observe might be anything else but acne. For example, some have little white bumps in the first days after birth, which may disappear after a few weeks – this is known as milia. Other tinny people have their skin scaly or affected by rush, which doctors call eczema or cradle cap. The point is that babies are very sensitive and entering into a new world might make them encounter a few problems that will easily be spotted on their skin.
The face is the one that most often shows such signs, so if you happen to notice that pimples on your newborn’s face overgrow, do not get alarmed. It can be infantile or infant acne, which is quite common, normally appears a few weeks after birth – even though some children have it from the first day – and in most of the situations heals by itself.
While there are some theories trying to explain acne causes at babies, they still need to be worked on. Doctors suspect, for now, that the hormones a mother transfers to her child during pregnancy may be the cause, or that the sebaceous glands are very sensitive to these hormones.
Alternatively, some of the medicines you have been taking while being pregnant can make things worse to your child, just like oily skin care products that you are using for the little one. In addition to these, irritants of all kinds should be suspected, from the milk he drinks to the detergent you wash his clothes with.
Anyway, if it is really acne, you will definitely recognize it since it normally has pimples, papules or pustules , particularly on his nose or cheeks, but also on forehead, chin and even back. All these are there to stay for at least a few weeks, and in some situations even for up to six months.
In a first stage, you should just focus on washing the baby’s skin only once in a day, using a special baby soap, the mild type, and just pat it instead of rubbing with the towel. Patience is normally the key when experiencing this. What you should avoid doing regardless of circumstance is to start using over the counter treatments for your children, oily lotions or to scrub his face.
If three months were not enough for baby acne to go away and you are worried on how things may evolve, it is advisable to consult a doctor and see what he will recommend you to use. Once again, never act on your own, especially when it is about the health and safety of a few months baby.