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A to Z: Acne, Infant

May also be called: Neonatal Acne; Baby Acne

What Is Infant Acne?

Infant acne is a common skin condition that usually goes away on its own without leaving scars. Some babies are born with the acne, but in most cases, babies develop it when they’re around 3 weeks old.

Small pimples usually appear on the baby's cheeks and forehead, but also can be on the nose and scalp.

Doctors are not sure what causes infant acne, but it might be related to hormones or to a yeast that can live on the skin. It is not the same type of acne that older kids and adults get, and babies with acne won't necessarily have it when they're older.

What Else Should I Know?

Most babies don't need treatment for acne because it usually goes away on its own within a few weeks to a few months. Washing your baby's face once a day with warm water and mild soap is usually all the acne care that's needed. For some babies, doctors may prescribe a medicated cream to help treat the acne.

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