baby acne treatment

A baby acne treatment? But is that really necessary? Well, it might be -  It turns out pimples aren’t just a matter of the teen years!


So it is, that around 40% of newborns have baby acne at some point during their first few months of life. Doctors think it’s due to the hormones that mummy has transferred to them through the placenta, which cause that their sebaceous glands produce more fat – which accumulates in the pores.

So, as a new mummy, once you see the little pimples in your little one’s face, you will probably start worrying: Is it a rash? Will they leave a scar? Is he suffering? Will he be OK? Well, don’t worry. You little one probably doesn’t even feel it, although it can be itchy in some of the most severe cases. But, for those cases, there are some options of baby acne treatment that you can try. Don’t miss the following lines if you want to learn all about it!


Baby acne treatment: How to treat it at home

Home baby acne treatment is the best option, since usually topic medication isn’t recommended by doctors – it’s normally not necessary. These are the things you can do at home to help your little one:

  • Wash regularly your little one’s face with warm water – once or twice a day will do. You can use just water or baby soap.

  • Dry gently: pat your little one’s skin with a soft towel instead of scrubbing, however gentle you are when you do it.

  • Try alternative remedies: Did you know that some mummies claim breast milk to work? It has antimicrobial properties, so some think that gently spreading a tiny bit of it will make acne better. It surely won’t annoy him, so it can’t hurt to try!

  • Be patient! Of course, you would like your little one’s skin to be soft as silk, but don’t forget that the acne is not bothering him. Everything will be fine!


Baby acne treatment: What not to do

To treat your baby acne at home, just follow the recommendations above – or ask your doctor if you have any doubts or questions. But to avoid the following common mistakes, however tempted you are:

  • Don’t scrub: Baby skin is very delicate, and scrubbing it will make things worse. Not only you won’t remove the acne, but you could also irritate his skin.

  • Never squeeze or pick the pimples. It won’t make acne better, and you may hurt your munchkin or make him cry.

  • Don’t overdo it with the soap: you can use some soft baby soap once a day, but don’t use aggressive soaps or too much of it. You can guess what the result would be, right? Exactly: Even more irritated skin.

If your little one has a bad case of acne, you may be tempted to try some over-the-counter anti-acne creams or oils you may find in the drugstore or the pharmacy. Well, don’t! You baby’s skin is as delicate as it looks, and such products are not apt for the little people. You could even make the acne worse!


Baby acne treatment: When to go to the doctor

As we said, baby acne treatment in the form of medication is usually not necessary; however, the doctor may prescribe ointments or topic medication to help it improve if your baby’s case is severe.

Anyway, you should take your baby to the doctor if the acne doesn’t improve in a few weeks or if it gets clearly worse, since that may mean that you’re not in fact dealing with acne, but with some other skin condition, like a rash or an eczema. Besides, it could also be a symptom of an allergy or food intolerance. If you think your baby’s acne looks especially irritated, and the skin around the little pimples appears red and swollen, you should take him to the doctor as well.

You should also take your little one to the paediatrician if you have any concerns about their skin or if you have questions about baby acne treatment, or about the prognosis.


Are you ready now to design your own baby acne treatment, in the form of lots of hygiene and care? Don’t forget the secret ingredient: lots of kisses and cuddles for your little one!


Need help? Ask other mummies in CaptainMums' forum!


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  • Guest - Jean

    Pink pimples are often caused by exposure in the womb to maternal hormones. No treatment is needed, just time. They can last for weeks or even months on baby's skin. This rash should not cause the baby any discomfort.

    Comment last edited on about 1 year ago by CaptainMums
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