Breast Milk and Baby Acne

It is true that breast milk in many cases can help clear up a baby’s acne.  If your baby is suffering from a bad breakout of acne and breast milk doesn’t seem to be one of the things that irritates their skin further, then just apply a few drops of breast milk to the affected area and it will usually help the baby’s face clear up within a matter of days.

What is baby acne?

Baby acne is common among many newborns.  Some babies are born with baby acne and others develop it within their first few weeks after being born (usually about 3 or 4 weeks) and can last for about 4 to 6 months.  In most cases baby acne will go away on its own so parents shouldn’t worry too much about the acne or treating it.

Symptoms of baby acne

When a baby is suffering from baby acne you may notice that he or she has red bumps normally located on the cheeks, chin and sometimes on the forehead or other parts of the body.  You may notice that the acne tends to get worse when baby gets irritated or when the baby is too hot.  If the baby’s skin becomes wet from drinking milk or from saliva or spit up coming in contact with the skin their acne may become inflamed and worsen for several days.

What can I do to prevent and treat baby acne?

Although baby acne should be left alone as it usually cures itself after a few months, there are a few things that you can do to try and better the situation.  One is to wash the baby’s face once a day with warm water and mild baby soap.  Make sure not to wash excessively as this will only further irritate the skin.  As mentioned earlier you can also try natural remedies such as using breast milk to treat the acne.

Something to consider

It is important to consider a few things when dealing with treating your baby’s acne problem.  One is that sometimes breastfeeding causes acne.  This is because new mother’s produce lots of hormones both when they are pregnant and in the first week after they give birth.  These hormones stimulate the baby’s sebaceous glands to produce sebum.  Sebum is a fatty, oily substance that clogs pores and causes acne to form.  However as mentioned before in most cases the acne will clear up on its own in a matter of months.  If for some reason the acne does not clear itself up you should make an appointment with your baby’s pediatrician or a dermatologist as prolonged or severe cases of baby acne may require special treatment or prescriptions.  Never try treating our baby’s acne on your own with topical medications that are used for adults, etc.

Although breastfeeding has been found to stimulate acne it is important that you continue on with breastfeeding as the benefits of your baby getting breast milk outweigh the temporary side effect of acne.


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