Baby Pimples on face

Baby pimples on face are very common. Baby pimples can be present at birth, but more often it shows up after a couple of weeks.

What is Baby Pimples

The Baby pimples on face are called neonatal acne. Infant pimples are caused as a result of change in the hormonal levels in the expectant mothers, when they are giving birth. These are the mothers hormones which are still circulating in baby's bloodstream and stimulating babies sweat glands. What's more, the pores in a baby's skin are not yet fully developed and therefore clog easily. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about the infant pimples except maintaining a high hygiene by washing the baby. Clean the area with the pimples regularly twice a day and let it dry gently. Do not scrub it.

Many parents usually get worried about the baby pimples and they get discouraged to take photographs of their babies because of the pimples, I can tell you that I have seen great pictures taken with baby pimples and the babies look great! Remember, you can always edit the photos and clean the pimples and have your baby looking great. If anything baby pimples don’t last long, they will eventually go without leaving a mark on your beautiful baby’s face. 

Baby pimples looks similar to teenage pimples. You'll see white or red bumps or pimples, which may be surrounded by reddish skin.

Pimples usually appears on the cheeks and sometimes on the forehead, the chin, and even the back. It can become more pronounced when your baby is hot or fussy, or if his skin is irritated by saliva, spit-up milk, or fabric that's a little rough or has been washed in strong detergent.

Blemishes on your new baby's face aren't necessarily acne, however. Tiny white bumps that are there at birth and disappear within a few weeks are called milia, and they're not related to acne. If the irritation looks more rashy or scaly than pimply, or it appears elsewhere on your baby's body, he may have another condition, such as cradle cap or eczema.

Sometimes when a baby presents with severe acne, you doctor may recommend you treat it with benzoyl peroxide, topical creams like retinoids or other keratolytic agents. Before trying any baby acne treatment, call your pediatrician to get his or her approval.

Good news is that a family history of acne does not suggest your baby will develop acne after birth. Also, just because your baby develops acne after you give birth does not mean they will have severe acne as an adolescent or adult.

Remember Acne in the newborn is not usually a serious condition. Infantile acne, like newborn acne or baby acne and milia, often resolves itself during the first year or so of life.