Well, well, well. It looks like somebody has a case of the neonatal acnes! Don’t worry, you’re not alone in this bumpy journey. In fact, it’s a pretty common condition among newborns. But, let’s not kid ourselves, it’s not fun for anyone involved.
First things first, let’s talk about what exactly neonatal acne is. It’s a type of acne that develops in babies, usually within the first few weeks of life. It’s caused by hormones passed on from the mother during pregnancy, which can cause the baby’s oil glands to become overactive. This leads to the formation of red, bumpy pimples on the baby’s face, as well as on their chest and back.
Now, you might be thinking “But wait, babies are so pure and perfect, how could they have something as common as acne?” Well, just like how babies are blessed with the ability to sleep through the night (ha!), they are also blessed with the ability to get acne. It’s just a part of life, folks.
As for the symptoms, you’ll know your little bundle of joy has neonatal acne if they have red, bumpy pimples on their face. And, if you’re really lucky, they might even have some on their chest and back too! But don’t worry, this type of acne is not contagious and it’s not a sign of poor hygiene.
So, how do you treat this pesky condition? The good news is that neonatal acne usually goes away on its own within a few weeks to a few months. In the meantime, you can help to care for your baby’s skin by gently washing their face with a mild baby soap and water, and patting their skin dry with a soft towel. And here’s the important part, don’t pop the pimples! This can lead to scarring and make the acne worse.
As for beauty products, you don’t need to use any special lotions or creams on your baby’s skin. In fact, it’s best to avoid using any additional products, as they can further irritate the skin. If you’re worried about the appearance of your baby’s skin, you can talk to your pediatrician about using a mild hydrocortisone cream.
Now, one last thing before you go, remember that your baby is beautiful, pimples or not! And, as they say, “acne doesn’t define you, it’s just a small bump on the road of life.” (ok, maybe no one really says that, but it sounded good, right?)