Infant Acne: Yes it Can Happen

Every parent wants their baby to be perfect, and for those whose newborn infants develop infant acne, the condition can be upsetting and detract from the happy event.

When we think of acne we tend to relate it to teenagers and puberty. Infant acne is a phenomenon which usually occurs when the infant is a few weeks old and presents as pimples found predominantly on the cheeks, chin, forehead and sometimes the back of the infant.

It is believed that the problem affects male infants more than females. The pimples are similar to white-heads which are surrounded by a small red area. In most cases the acne disappears by approximately three to four months of age, and parents soon forget the problem ever existed.

As yet there has been no explicit cause attributed to the problem; however, suggestion is that the surplus hormones passed from the mother to the infant in the later stages of pregnancy can remain present in the infant for a time and culminate in symptoms such as acne pimples.

Other suspected causes of baby acne include the use of certain medications by a mother while she is still pregnant or nursing, certain medications that may be given to newborn babies and certain diet elements consumed before birth.

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