How to Get Rid of Newborn Acne

by Amanda Knaebel ; Updated July 18, 2017

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.

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Amanda Knaebel is a self-professed gadget geek and loves all things tech, both new and old. Amanda has been working as a freelance writer for over 10 years on topics including technology, health, fitness, nutrition, gardening and many more. She has also worked with Fortune 50 tech and financial companies, both in technical support and content production.