A healthcare provider can typically diagnose baby acne just by examining the baby’s skin; no particular tests are necessary. A formal diagnosis from a medical professional isn’t mandatory, given that baby acne is generally harmless, unless the parents have concerns about potential effects on their baby’s skin or if additional symptoms are present.
Baby acne is a temporary condition that usually goes away on its own without treatment. Within four weeks of delivery, baby acne typically resolves naturally. Since every baby’s skin is unique, treatment recommendations from their healthcare provider may vary accordingly. If treatment is suggested, it could encompass a range of approaches tailored to the specific
needs and characteristics of the baby’s skin. These treatments may include:
- Anti-fungal cream: like ketoconazole
- Topical steroid: like hydrocortisone, a low-potency topical steroid.
You can apply these products to your baby’s skin in a similar manner as you would with a lotion or moisturizer. Follow the advice of the healthcare provider regarding how often to apply the medication. Never use any over-the-counter drugs to a newborn without first consulting their healthcare provider.
Self care: Self-care practices can be helpful in managing baby acne. Here are some recommendations for skin care when your newborn has acne:
- Clean the baby’s face each day: Use warm water to wash the baby’s face each day. Alternate between using plain water one day and a mild, moisturizing facial soap the next.
- Gently dry the baby’s face: Pat the baby’s skin dry. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the affected area.
- Avoid pinching or scrubbing the acne: It’s important not to pinch or scrub the acne as this can potentially cause more irritation or lead to an infection.
- Steer clear of lotions, ointments, or oils: Refrain from using any products such as lotions, ointments, or oils on the affected area, as they can potentially exacerbate baby acne.