Baby Acne

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Baby acne is a harmless skin condition seen on infants from birth to seven months old. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Baby acne develops on a newborns skin. It can occur anywhere on the face, but usually appears on the cheeks, nose and forehead. Baby acne is common and temporary. Theres little you can do to prevent it.

Its not clear exactly what causes baby acne. Its usually characterized by small red bumps or pustules on a babys cheeks, nose and forehead. It often develops within the first two to four weeks after birth.

Many babies also develop tiny white bumps on the nose, chin or cheeks.

Consult your babys doctor if youre concerned about any aspect of your babys complexion. Baby acne usually clears up within three to four months.

Because baby acne typically disappears on its own within several months, no medical treatment is usually recommended. If your babys acne is particularly stubborn, your babys doctor may recommend a medicated cream or other treatment. Dont try any over-the-counter medications without checking with your babys doctor first.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.