Why does my newborn have acne?

And is there anything you can do to get rid of it?

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We know that newborns come with all sorts of oddities – and, quite often lots of little marks (like stork bites) and spots we’re not sure about that can get us worried.

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Among these is baby acne – as mum gemsie on our forum told us about her little one: “My son is four weeks old and has developed baby acne.

“They look really sore and angry. He only ever settles on his belly to sleep and I’m concerned that him sweating on his front will make them worse. Is there anything I can get which will help it heal up quicker?”

Now, there’s both good and bad news on this front – baby acne isn’t serious and often heals on its own (one of our mums said her newborn’s was gone in a couple of weeks) – but there’s not a lot you you do to speed the processing of it going.

Still, it may be worth seeing a doctor if persists for more than 12 weeks.

Dr Philippa Kaye tells us: “Your baby may have red spots on their face and look like they have developed teenage acne a few years early. It’s thought to be related to your hormones from pregnancy but the exact cause is not known.

“It tends to clear up on its own, so no picking or squeezing or using over the counter acne treatments.

“If it doesn’t disappear by 3 months then pop along to your doctor who may be able to prescribe a treatment.”

Your baby may have red spots on their face and look like they have developed teenage acne a few years early!  It is thought to be related to your hormones from pregnancy but the exact cause is not known.

“It tends to clear up on its own, so no picking or squeezing or using over the counter acne treatments. If it doesn’t disappear by 3 months then pop along to your doctor who may be able to prescribe a treatment.”

Dr Philippa Kaye is a London GP who has written several books on pregnancy and childcare including The First Five Years. See www.drphilippakaye.com and follow her on twitter @drphilippakaye

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