Newborn babies may have some skin conditions that seem unusual. Most are fairly common and do not need to be treated.
Baby acne is a red, pimply rash on the face. It appears as more pronounced red or white bumps on the forehead or cheeks. Baby acne develops within the first three to four weeks due to hormonal changes that stimulate oil glands. Generally, it disappears over time.
Simply wash your baby's face with water and a mild baby soap daily, avoid lotions or oils, and never pinch or scrub the bumps. If baby acne doesn't clear up within three months, tell your pediatrician.
“Yes, there are definitely ways to safely deal with acne during pregnancy, though you need to be diligent and consistent in order for them to work,” says dermatologist Mona Gohara, queen of Yale School of Medicine. Unlike most acne treatments that are as easy as popping a pill or slapping on some zit cream, pregnancy-approved treatments require a bit more patience. Gohara’s weapon of choice? Light therapy. “Light devices, which can come in the form of masks or handheld devices, emit a blue and red light that are target the bacteria in your skin that causes inflammation,” she says. “They act as topical antibiotics and are incredibly anti-inflammatory, which can be really beneficial for the inflamed hormonal acne that comes from pregnancy.”
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