How Do I Choose the Best Baby Acne Treatment?

Patti Kate

To choose the best baby acne treatment, consult with your pediatrician. He will offer advice and treatment options after examining your baby. Gentle acne treatments for infants usually are mild, perfume-free soaps and detergents. Any products used on the baby's skin should be specifically made for a baby and as natural as possible.

Baby acne should not be scrubbed, but gently washed with mild soap and water.
Baby acne should not be scrubbed, but gently washed with mild soap and water.

Acne in a baby typically develops shortly after birth and may resolve without any special treatment after several weeks to a few months. Cases of newborn acne generally are caused by the mother's hormones and are not uncommon. In some cases, however, baby acne treatment may be necessary.

Any products used on a baby's skin should be as natural as possible.
Any products used on a baby's skin should be as natural as possible.

Baby acne treatment should focus on preventing further irritation to the baby's skin. The way to do this is by keeping him dry and clean. After feedings, immediately wipe any liquid, including drool from the infant's face.

Also, try to refrain from touching the baby's face or any area that is broken out and blotchy. Before you handle or bathe him, wash your hands with a mild soap. Ask others who handle the baby to wash their hands before picking him up.

Another essential rule of baby acne treatment is to avoid rough fabrics coming in contact with his skin. Sheets, blankets, and clothing should be of a soft material. This should include your own clothing as well, during times when you are handling him.

During warm weather, dress baby accordingly so he does not become overheated. Excess perspiration may aggravate baby acne and increase blotchy skin and irritation. Do not expose the infant to direct sunlight as this too can cause symptoms to worsen.

A good rule to remember is not to use commercial acne treatments made for adult acne. These contain ingredients that may be too astringent for an infant's delicate skin. The best treatments for baby acne are holistic and natural.

Do not scrub your baby's skin with a washcloth, but instead gently wash his face with the mildest soap and rinse with cool water. Above all, never pick at the pimples on your baby's skin. If the lesions erupt, this may leave the skin vulnerable to infection. Open sores should not be touched, as contamination may also cause infection.

If all else fails, your child's pediatrician may prescribe medication. He will first take note of special issues such as allergies and other health concerns. Ask your baby's physician any questions you may have and discuss any concerns.

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