Get Rid of Baby Acne
If you notice those red bumps you used to see on your face as a teenager on your baby’s face, don’t be alarmed. This skin problem is considered common among newborns and is called baby acne or neonatal acne. While it may take a few weeks or months to clear up, there are only a few things that parents can do to help speed up the healing process.
1. Gently wash your baby‘s face twice a day with warm water and a mild cleanser. There are several cleansers available that contain natural ingredients such as calendula, olive oil and chamomile. Washing your baby’s skin twice a day with a moisturizing cleanser will not only prevent the acne from getting infected, it will also prevent dryness and further irritation. Remember to pat the skin dry with a soft towel and avoid touching the infected areas with your fingers.
2. Apply a moisturizer. While you may not need to apply creams or special lotions on your baby’s face to get rid of the acne, it is important that you keep your child’s skin well moisturized. Babies with acne tend to scratch and rub their skin in an effort to relieve the itchiness that the acne causes, so a hypoallergenic cream should be applied at least twice a day. Products from Aveeno, California Baby or Weleda are worth looking into because they contain natural ingredients and are made especially for babies.
3. Dress or cover your baby in clothes and blankets not made of synthetic materials. The fabrics that touch your baby’s skin may be irritating it further, so dressing your baby in clothes made of 100 percent cotton or organic cotton will help reduce skin irritation. Also, washing the baby clothes and blankets in a natural detergent will prevent any chemicals from causing more breakouts.
4. Allow the acne to heal on its own. This type of acne tends to heal on its own around three to six months of age. Until your baby’s skin heals, the most important thing you can do is continue to keep it clean, so that it will not become infected. Using special acne medicine or ointments is not needed to get rid of baby acne unless the acne gets worse at which point it will be best to consult a doctor.