Among newborns, baby acne is actually quite a common problem. However, it is not a serious issue.
It is caused by maternal hormones that cross the placenta during delivery and stimulate the baby’s sebaceous glands. These hormones irritate the baby’s oil glands and cause pimple-like bumps all over the baby’s skin.
Or it can also be caused by medications the baby may be on, or any medications a nursing mother may be taking. Generally, it occurs on the baby’s face, neck, chin and back. It looks more like a pimple, and is surrounded by reddish skin.
It is not too difficult to treat the acne Simply wash your baby’s face gently with a mild soap and water at least once a day. Don’t scrub your baby’s skin and always pat it dry instead of rubbing. Yet, don’t over-wash it for it may cause worse irritation.
Most important, don’t use adult medication on your baby’s acne.