What is baby acne?

Life with a newborn is hectic enough without worrying about spots. Here's what you need to know about baby acne.

  • What is baby acne?

Baby acne, or neonatal acne, generally appear 2-3 weeks after birth and affects around 20% of newborns. 

Acne on baby face

Baby acne is smatterings of small red and white bumps which commonly appears on baby's cheeks, nose and forehead. Baby acne generally clears up after approximately 3-4 months.

Once again, research is still ongoing into what causes baby acne. Medical professionals generally agree the most likely culprit is maternal hormones, which linger in baby's bloodstream in the week's post-birth.

Baby acne is generally mild, and won't cause lasting scarring. If the acne looks like blackheads or whiteheads, it could be infantile acne. Infantile acne affects children up to 2-years-old; if it lingers or seems to be severe, it may pay to consult a medical professional as it can lead to scarring.

  • What can I do to clear up my baby's acne?

The best way to treat baby acne is not to treat it at all. Newborn skin is sensitive, so it's best to leave the creams, oils and potions. Stick to water and perhaps a gentle soap (try ManukaRx Extra Gentle Cleansing Soap) once a day. Some mums suggest a wiping a little breastmilk on the spots, but it will clear up naturally within a few months. You'll be so busy looking at your little miracle that you'll barely notice a little acne. If it does linger longer than a few months or appears to worsen, don't hesitate to contact your doctor. 

  • When should you start using skincare products on your baby?

Advice on when to start using products on your infant's skin varies and comes down to personal opinion. Some parents prefer to use baby soap or shampoo daily after a few weeks, where some others stick to just water. Either way is fine - start introducing products gradually and make sure baby's sensitive skin doesn't react. Less is more - try to avoid clogging pores with oil or heavy creams.

ManukaRx Extra Gentle Cleansing Soap is specifically designed with sensitive skin in mind. It's so gentle that it's safe for use on acne sufferers, children - even your furry friend. ManukaRx Extra Gentle Cleansing Soap is triple-milled and formulated using all-natural products, including sustainably sourced palm oil, shea butter, lavender and lemongrass. ManukaRx uses 100% East Cape Manuka Oil, a multipurpose skincare oil with powerful antibacterial properties. The ManukaRx range is available online or at select health stores.

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