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Dry Acne in Babies

By Chris Callaway ; Updated August 14, 2017

Dry baby acne can be uncomfortable and cause your baby's skin to be irritated and itchy. According to Dr. Shari Nethersole, babies commonly suffer from three skin conditions during the first few months. The first is simple baby acne and this starts around three weeks old. The second is a rash called seborrheic, which starts at one month old, and the third is infant eczema, which starts between the ages of one and five months. These conditions involve red bumps and rashes.

Description

Baby acne is made of red bumps that usually occur on infant's cheeks, forehead and chin. Some babies also have white bumps on the nose, chin or cheeks. This condition can be unsightly and it is impossible to prevent. It is temporary and usually clears up on its own, so it's best to let it heal naturally, according to MayoClinic staff. But don't hesitate to contact your child's doctor if you are concerned.

Symptoms

Other than being unattractive, baby acne can be uncomfortable for your infant. She may suffer from itchy and irritated skin and be more fussy. The discomfort may make it difficult for your baby to sleep, leading to exhaustion. The skin can appear shrunken or dehydrated and feel rough instead of smooth. It can also start to flake, scale or peel.

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Causes

Hormonal changes during pregnancy usually cause baby acne and this cannot be prevented. Boys are more likely to suffer from this condition. Dry, non-moisturized skin also leads to dry baby acne. Contact with medications such as corticosteroids and iodine-containing drugs can lead to breakouts. Acne can also be hereditary. Make sure to keep your baby's skin clean and dry the skin gently. Do not pinch or scrub the irritated areas because this will worsen it. Also, make sure to use lotion and moisturizing soaps made specifically for babies.

Treatment

Talk to your baby's doctor during your next visit. Ask your doctor if the acne is likely to be temporary or chronic, what the best treatment plan is and whether there are any restrictions to follow. Be ready to tell your doctor if your family has a history of severe acne or if your baby has contacted any medications that cause acne. Your doctor can recommend a medicated cream if the acne persists or becomes more severe.

Considerations

Make sure to contact your child's doctor if the acne is getting worse or has been present for more than three months. Also, talk to your doctor to make sure that your baby is actually suffering from acne and is not having an allergic reaction.

Do not use an oily moisturizer. Even though this particular acne results from dry skin, an oily moisturizer can lead to worse acne because it will clog pores.

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