What’s good for Baby Acne on Face?
Baby acne on face is actually a very common skin condition.
It may actually even be present at birth.
However, more often baby acne on face appears when the baby is a couple of weeks old, usually on the face and sometimes on the temples, chin and even on the baby’s back.
It can be itchy and very red and the baby may scratch the spots.
This leads to a possibility of the pustules becoming infected, so with this you will have to be very careful. Baby acne may persist up to two to five years.
Baby acne on face has several factors and symptoms.
Early lesions are usually seen as whiteheads or blackheads (comedones) which are seen two to three years before the development of classical signs of acne.
The comedones may be infected with some bacteria resulting in the formation of pus under the skin (pustules).
Deeper lesions due to baby acne may lead to the formation of hard cysts and ultimately result in scarring, especially if they are scratched or picked.
It used to be that scientists placed the blame for baby acne upon the androgen and estrogen hormones that babies get from their mother during pregnancy through placental blood at the end of pregnancy; however, there is no real agreement upon this as a potential cause of baby acne.
However, researchers keep on studying other factors. They have not decided that this is the main cause for baby acne.
Baby Acne treatment is usually in Clindamycin or Erythromycin cream form.
The number of visible comedones (more commonly known as zits to you and I) is greatly reduced by the use of Azeleic acid cream or Benzyl peroxide cream.
Local application of Retinoic acid reduces the number of non-inflamed lesions and neutralizes those nasty bacteria in the comedones.
Recently Isotretinoin, a synthetic form of Retinoic acid, is commonly used for baby acne, in a lower dose orally for a period of 4 months; it improves baby acne in 85-90 per cent of patients as well as older patients.
If your baby is unfortunate enough to develop baby acne and acne makes you think of grease and dirt, just remember one thing; please do not clean your baby more than the usual or apply any other cream without consulting your doctor.
If you do, you may further irritate the delicate skin of your baby and it will further aggravate the baby acne.