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Babies Encyclopedia: What's the best way to get rid of baby acne?

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Asked by CafeMom Team at 2:23 PM on Sep. 7, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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Answers (27)
  • Let nature takes it's course. Just bathe and wash the baby's face.
    AdrianaS

    Answer by AdrianaS at 2:24 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • I got told to never touch it by my doc. It takes care of itself.
    Walker101

    Answer by Walker101 at 2:28 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • Baby acne is often misdiagnosed. A lot of people think any kind of whitehead on a baby's face is acne, and that's simply not true. The small bumps that can be present at birth are called milia, and are unrelated to acne. Also misdiagnosed are some rashes, so it's worth getting a confirmed diagnosis at a well check up.

    The best thing to do for the infantile acne is to keep the area clean and dry, and to avoid harsh soaps. It will clear up on its own in a couple of weeks.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 2:28 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • I always made sure to wipe my baby's faces with wet washcloths after each feeding and after each time they spit up. Not sure if it helped or not, but it always cleared up quickly.
    missanc

    Answer by missanc at 2:30 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • Leave it alone. It is accquired by pregnancy. The baby has some of mom's hormones still in him which can cause the acne. Over time it runs it's course as the hormones run out of his system. Until then, using a mild soap during bathing, and good, gentle laundry detergent should help.
    Musicmom80

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 2:31 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • Just leave it be. Keep the baby's face clean with a warm, wet washcloth, and it will be fine.
    sokkamum

    Answer by sokkamum at 2:33 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • You don't. It will go away on it's own.
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 2:35 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • Leave it alone! It will go away eventually.
    Courtney610

    Answer by Courtney610 at 2:39 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • Leave it alone, don't over wash the face.
    itsallabtthem84

    Answer by itsallabtthem84 at 2:48 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • only wipe the face with a wet washcloth and never use soap (i still don't use soap on my daughter's face and she is 26 months old). you can express breast milk and apply that to baby's face. works great! you can also use it for adult acne.

    kyriesmommy13

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 2:53 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

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