Newborns still have many maternal hormones circulating in their system in the first few weeks following birth. These hormones can cause pimples to develop on the face (chin, cheeks, forehead and eyelids, for example). It’s not uncommon to see baby acne on the chest, neck or back, too.
When will baby acne go away?
While a dermatologist should examine a child who develops acne after 6 weeks of age, this type of acne often clears on its own. Clearing usually takes about 6 months to 1 year. Some children, however, have acne for a longer time.
Why does my 1 month old have pimples?
Newborn acne or pimples can break out on the baby’s face, usually around 2 to 3 weeks old. The cause is unknown, but it seems to be linked to maternal hormones that pass from the placenta to the baby during pregnancy. The acne may worsen by 1 month old, but generally goes away without treatment.
Can I pop a pimple on my baby’s face?
You may be tempted to pop or pick at the bumps on your baby’s face. Do your best to resist this urge. Breaking open the acne does little good in the long run and can lead to infection and scarring. You might even cause your baby’s sebaceous (oil-making) glands to kick into high gear and produce even more oil.
What helps baby acne go away?
Lifestyle and home remedies
- Keep your baby’s face clean. Wash your baby’s face daily with warm water and mild baby soap.
- Dry your baby’s face gently. Simply pat your baby’s skin dry.
- Don’t pinch or scrub the acne. You may cause more irritation or an infection.
- Avoid using lotions or oils on your baby’s face.
What is baby acne called?
Baby acne is also called “neonatal acne” or “neonatal cephalic pustulosis.” This is common among newborns.