Acne can spring up in babies due to the remaining hormones after birth; these hormones are usually from the mother's side and can stir up the young one's sebaceous gland. The said hormones reach the baby through the placenta.
You should not be distressed in case your newborn has pimples. A sizable number of young infants are impacted by this type of acne, known in another term as acne-neonatorum or infantile acne.
This type of acne has the following characteristics;
1. It affects male babies more than females.
2. Usually breaks out at when the baby is about 3 weeks old. In some instances, the babies have it immediately after delivery.
3. Types of acne affecting babies are papules (these are red bumps) and pustules (whiteheads), most of the time they affect the face and scalp.
4. A number of babies may experience a prolonged case of infantile acne. In this instance, genetics play a very major role. Consult a preferred healthcare expert on how to approach the situation.
5. The acne typically goes away by itself after a couple of months.
Whilst trying to manage this type of acne you should use a mild baby soap, avoid using lotions or skin care products you think might work, they could actually aggravate the situation. Consult a healthcare expert other than assuming and going by hearsay.
When making your baby look good for a photoshoot avoid applying cosmetics on their face as much as possible, if you really have to though consider a product made for babies, nevertheless application should be in very little amounts.
Family background does not dictate whether your baby is going to have infantile acne or not.
Treating or managing acne in babies is not the same as the rest of other age brackets (teenagers and adults).
Since infantile acne is rarely serious, one should relax; and concentrate on the joys and experiences of a newborn instead.
This is part seven of a seven part series covering the ACNE topic, you can search back and have a read on other parts you might have missed.
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