Newborn acne may form on your infant’s forehead, nose or cheeks shortly after birth. This type of acne usually is the result of hormonal changes your baby underwent while developing in the womb, explains the American Academy of Dermatology. The condition is more common in boys than girls. Newborn acne typically clears up on its own within a few weeks, but you can help it along by properly caring for your baby’s skin.
Moisten a soft washcloth with warm water and gently wash your baby’s face with water two to three times a day.
Use a mild, moisturizing facial soap free of fragrances and dyes on your baby’s skin several times a week to help remove dirt and oils that can contribute to newborn acne. Rinse with warm water.
Pat your infant’s face dry with a clean, soft towel after washing. Rubbing your child’s skin can lead to irritation and make the condition worse.
Apply medicated creams as directed by your child's pediatrician. Rub creams in a thin layer over your baby’s skin, avoiding his eyes, nostrils and mouth. Do not apply over-the-counter creams or oils unless directed to do so by your child's pediatrician.
Talk to your baby’s doctor if newborn acne does not subside after several weeks or if your baby develops acne after taking medication.
Consult a dermatologist if your child develops acne between the ages of 2 and 6, recommends the American Academy of Dermatology. Baby acne should not form after age 2, and acne between these ages could be a sign of a hormonal problem.