Baby acne is the problem that is defined as the inflamated white heads, black heads and the red pimples over the skin of your baby.
These normally occur on the face, arms, buttocks, shoulders and legs.
You can observe many kinds of acne in infants and new born babies.
Different forms of baby acne that occur commonly are Neonata milia, Neonatal acne and infantile acne.
In infants and newborn, the Neonata milia appear as the typical pimples. In babies with less than 4 years age, the infantile acne occurs.
At the time of birth or after the birth, the Neonatal acne appears. The baby acne cannot be transmitted to other persons.
The baby acne is caused due to the changes in the hormonal levels, oily or greasy skin and bad nutrition [Nutrition for healthy life]. The hormones are transmitted to the baby from you before their birth. When your child gets in contact with dirty clothes, acne is caused.
Some symptoms that causes acne:
- Scarring of the skin
- Inflammation and redness surrounding the eruptions on the skin
The acne is diagnosed by the health care provider when it is observed on your babyâ€™s skin. The physical examinations are conducted by the dermatologists to detect the acne on the body of your baby. The laboratory tests are not needed for its determination.
Treating the baby acne with self-care:
Do not touch, squeeze, rub, scratch or pick the acne of your baby. Do not use the greasy creams or cosmetics.
The affected area should be cleaned by Aquanil Cleansing Lotion, clean water and mild soap daily. To remove the acne, 5% of Benzoyl Peroxide lotion is very effective. You can use this lotion for babies of 3 months age.
If the acne is not treated by this method, you can use the medications to treat the acne. The creams or lotions that contain the salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol or sulfur can be applied on the affected area.
These creams can kill the bacteria and can lead to peeling of your babyâ€™s skin. You can consult a pediatrician, if acne is still a problem.
You can use the prescribed medicines that include:
- Topical antibiotics like erythromycin or clindamycin.
- The oral antibiotics like the tetracycline, minocycline and doxycycline.
- The Retina A drug.
Exposure to the sun for little time can improve the acne in your child.
Baby acne prevention:
- Give your baby more quantity of water and fresh fruit juices to drink.
- Donâ€™t allow your baby to touch, squeeze, pick or dig the acne.
- To pat the affected area, use the paper towels and throw them away after using.
- You should take care that your child does not sleep on pillows that are dirty.
You can treat the baby acne with the help of some medicines that are prescribed by the pediatrician.