About a week and a half ago, Ricky started getting little red bumps on his chin and nose. At first, I thought it was a rash. When it didn’t go away within a few days, I realized what it was: baby acne. Today I met up with my friend Jenna – and she said her baby had gone through a baby acne phase too…and it lasted a month! I guess I didn’t really realize that baby acne was such a common thing. Or such a prolonged thing. And since I’ve decided to become a baby acne semi-expert, my research can be your benefit. Here’s everything you never wanted to know about – you guessed it – baby acne.
1. It’s not clear what causes baby acne. It just seems to be a phase that babies go through.
2. It can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to four months. That’s a heckuva long time!
3. Generally there’s no medical treatment given for baby acne. It tends to disappear on it’s own.
4. It generally appears on the forehead, nose and chin – the T zone, if you’re in the know.
5. While you’re waiting for the baby acne to disappear, you should keep your baby’s face clean by washing with warm water (I do this every time he eats). You can also use a mild, moisturizing soap.
6. Just like a grown up, don’t irritate the baby acne. It can make it worse or lead to infection.
7. They say to avoid lotions and oils. I always lotion my little man up after a bath, and I’ve noticed that this seems to help his baby acne. So this one might be a case by case basis? At least, that’s what this mama thinks.
8. It doesn’t seem to bother my little man at all. Which is an obvious plus.