Don’t pick, pop, or squeeze the blemishes. Let them heal on their own. Don’t try to treat infantile acne yourself with over-the-counter acne medications. These can be very harsh on your infant’s skin.
Can I pop a pimple on my baby’s face?
You may be tempted to pop or pick at the bumps on your baby’s face. Do your best to resist this urge. Breaking open the acne does little good in the long run and can lead to infection and scarring. You might even cause your baby’s sebaceous (oil-making) glands to kick into high gear and produce even more oil.
Can I squeeze my baby’s spots?
Don’t touch or squeeze the pimples, as this could cause an infection (NHS 2015, Payne 2016). The good news is, the spots are temporary and will go away in a matter of weeks if you leave them alone (NHS 2015, Payne 2016).
What causes baby pimples?
Newborns still have many maternal hormones circulating in their system in the first few weeks following birth. These hormones can cause pimples to develop on the face (chin, cheeks, forehead and eyelids, for example). It’s not uncommon to see baby acne on the chest, neck or back, too.
Does baby acne have pus?
Baby acne consists of multiple red, raised pimples and pus-filled bumps, commonly found on the baby’s face, neck or trunk. Skin can have blackheads and whiteheads present as well. Pitting and scarring of the affected areas can occur in approximately 10–15% of affected infants.
How long do newborn pimples last?
Consult your baby’s doctor if you’re concerned about any aspect of your baby’s complexion. Baby acne usually clears up within three to four months.
What causes milk pimples in babies?
Milia occur when dead skin cells get trapped under the skin and form cysts. Neonatal milia are found in about half of all infants. They often appear on or around the nose.
What does milk spots look like?
Look for a red, itchy rash around the mouth, or red spots on the facial area. Look out for blister-like spots, which may burst and leave a yellow crust. A raised red rash following intense activity or hot weather.
What gets rid of baby acne?
Wash your baby’s face daily with warm water and mild baby soap. Dry your baby’s face gently. Simply pat your baby’s skin dry. Don’t pinch or scrub the acne.
Should you wash baby’s face everyday?
You don’t need to bathe your baby every day, but you should wash their face, neck, hands and bottom carefully every day. This is often called ‘topping and tailing’. Choose a time when your baby is awake and content. Make sure the room is warm.