How to Treat Baby Acne

Simple solutions for soothing irritated skin and getting rid of your baby's acne.

Your baby is years away from puberty, but she could still be suffering from acne or milia. Watch this video to find out how to treat her skin and what you should avoid doing.

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Know the cause. Hormones are the likely culprit behind baby acne, which usually shows up on the cheeks, forehead, and nose. Genetics may also be a factor.

Identify the two types. Neonatal acne generally shows up within the first three months after birth and lasts no more than a few months. Infantile acne appears between 3 and 6 months of age and goes away within a year or two.

Treat it. Wash Baby's face daily with a gentle cleanser. If the acne is severe or you notice deep cysts, notify your pediatrician. He may prescribe a topical treatment or oral antibiotics. Also call the doc if neonatal acne lasts longer than 4 to 6 months, so he can check for a hormonal disorder.

Avoid irritation. Scrubbing the skin and using harsh cleansers are not recommended, as they can irritate Baby's sensitive skin.

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