What does baby acne look like?
Sometimes patches of acne can develop on the back of the neck or the shoulders. It may seem worse in certain situations, such as in warmer temperatures and during crying episodes.
What causes baby acne?
The acne will generally come and go until these hormones clear from your newborn's body. It will seem most prominent if a baby’s skin is irritated from:
- Wet skin from spitting saliva or milk.
- Increased blood flow to the skin from fussing or heat.
- Exposure to certain products such as harsh laundry detergents or body washes.
How can I treat baby acne?
- Gently cleanse the area once a day with a soft cloth and warm water or gentle hypoallergenic baby wipes that contain no soap. Pat dry and avoid rubbing.
- Do not pop, pinch, or pick at the pimples.
- If your baby is scratching their face, try soft, cotton mittens on their hands at night.
- Acne cream or medicine developed for adults should not be used.
- Avoid oily skin care products on the affected areas.
- The outbreak spreads to other parts of their body.
- The acne has not cleared after a few months.
- The acne is accompanied by a fever or wheezing, or if the skin appears to be redder or inflamed than normal.
Can I prevent baby acne?
The information of this article has been reviewed by nursing experts of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). The content should not substitute medical advice from your personal healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations/diagnosis or treatment. For more advice from AWHONN nurses, visit Healthy Mom&Baby at health4mom.org.