What is baby acne and how can I get rid of it?

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What is baby acne and how can I get rid of it?

You may notice a rash on your newborn infant what appears to look like pimples and acne similar to acne seen in adolescents. This is baby acne and is due to maternal hormones that are still circulating in your baby after birth. This rash usually starts around 2 to 3 weeks of age on the face and cheeks and can continue until around 6 months of age.

What to do if you baby develops acne:

  • Wash it with a mild cleanser like Cetaphil 2 to 3 times a day.
  • Keep the area clean and dry. It will eventually disappear as the maternal hormonal effect diminishes.
  • Avoid putting lotion or ointment or oils on the area. Baby acne will go away on its own by 6 months of age.

Please do not be afraid to reach out for help. You are always welcome to contact me for this or any other problems or concerns you may have.

For a more in-depth look at the causes and treatments of baby acne, check out Dr. Lamb-Amato’s latest blog on the subject.

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Expert: Dr. Gina Lamb – Amato MD  Gina is a general pediatrician and developmental pediatrician who works at Village Pediatrics and Agho Medical practices both in Manhattan, NY. She has a masters in child therapy and works with a child psychologist Rosa Vasquez PhD performing office and home consultation for newborns and parents, office and home developmental assessments, school consultations and parent child playgroups where play and art along with baby massage and other techniques are used to help parents bond and support their child’s development. She is the mother of a beautiful daughter who is 3 years old and the joy of her life.


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