Newborn baby acne also referred to as neonatal acne is common and usually seen on the checks. On occasion baby acne can also appear on the chin, forehead and sometimes the back.
Neonatal acne can be present at birth but usually shows up about two weeks after birth.
Not all spots are acne, the ones babies are often born with and disappear after a few weeks is something totally different. They are called milia and is very common and usually appears on the chin, cheeks and nose. They are completely harmless and need no treatment.
If there are spots that look a bit different like scaly or irritated this is more likely to be cradle cap or eczema.
The cause of neonatal acne is not completely known. Some say it may be due to the normal increase of hormone levels passed on by the mother during birth.
Others suggest it’s the medication a breastfeeding mother takes (if any). Research is continually being done on this matter, at the moment there is no one agreeable reason or cause within the baby acne research community.
Caring for Baby Acne
More often than not time is the best cure, it varies between each baby how long they may have acne. Here is some useful information based on the do’s and don’ts when it comes to caring for neonatal acne:
Baby Acne Do’s
Baby Acne Don’ts
Baby acne is also known as Acne Neonatorum, Ance Infantum or Neonatal Cephalic Pustulosis but these are more the medical terms for this.