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Baby Acne: Everything You Need to Know to Treat and Prevent It

Baby acne is a common skin condition that affects newborns. It is caused by a combination of factors, including hormones, overproduction of oil from skin glands, and bacteria.

Baby acne usually doesn't hurt and goes away on its own in a few weeks or months.

Baby acne usually appears on the face, but it can also occur on the neck, chest, and back.

Baby acne

There is no need to treat baby acne in most cases. However, there are some things you can do to help relieve your baby's discomfort and promote healing:

  • Wash your baby's face with warm water and a mild soap once or twice a day.

  • Avoid using harsh soaps, scrubs, or lotions on your baby's skin.

  • Dress your baby in loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.

  • Keep your baby's skin cool and dry.

  • Avoid touching or picking at your baby's acne.

If your baby's acne is severe or does not improve after a few weeks, talk to your pediatrician. They may recommend a medicated cream or lotion to help clear up the acne.


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