How to Treat Newborn Acne
The idea of perfect baby skin is a bit of a myth. Most babies break out with spots, splotches, rashes and even acne during their first few months of life. These blemishes and breakouts are perfectly normal and rarely signal a serious problem, but they can be bothersome to new parents who are expecting their babies to have totally perfect skin. When it comes to treating skin conditions like newborn acne, less is usually more.
Wash your baby's skin with warm water and gentle cleanser every day.
Use gentle pressure while you're washing--don't scrub or rub.
Rinse your baby's skin completely with warm water and pat it dry.
Use gentle, chemical-free laundry detergent for your baby's clothes, sheets and blankets.
Clean your baby's face after feeding if she's spilled or drooled on her skin.
Dress your baby in loose, comfortable clothes that don't rub against her skin. Consider choosing all-natural fabrics instead of synthetic blends if it seems to help your baby's skin.
Limit your baby to three or four baths a week instead of bathing her every day. Clean her up with gentle soap and water instead of giving her a bath most days.
See your pediatrician if acne persists for several weeks, if your baby exhibits any symptoms of discomfort in addition to her acne or if you are worried about her acne. Your pediatrician can rule out serious health problems and reassure you about the benign nature of baby acne.
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