Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Baby Acne

With a big ol' TX size hug, thank you Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer for turning this weeks Works-For-Me Wednesday inside out.

Recently I performed a Google search on the topic of Baby Acne, because doesn't everyone go to Google for the entire list of (link’s) solutions to life’s little problems? Lucky for me only 400,000+ topic results were returned. Needless to say, the opportunity to ask other's for advice could not have come at a better time.

Our little Cookie is now four months old and suffers from Baby Acne. We understand that this is normal and that with time they will eventually go away; however, this is a classic case of them hurting us more than her. Sometimes they just look so painful, but our little trooper just manages to giggle right through them each time we wash her face.

Any additional tips or recommendations on fighting these little boogers are greatly appreciated!


Amy said...

Leave it alone! Don't wash it. Don't touch it. Don't put anything on it. If you leave it
alone, it will go away. If you don't, it could scar.

It's really worse for you than it is for him. Just be glad the other babies in the doctor's office waiting room aren't teasing him or anything.


Liz said...

I guess the only advice I have is to make sure it is acne. We thought our 3 month old had acne but it turned out to be a sensitivety to milk. I had to cut out all dairy in my diet (since I was nursing) and it cleared up right away. Just a thought. Hope it all clears up soon.

Someone Being Me said...

My son had bad bumps all over his face in addition to cradle cap and no lotions helped. Even Aveeno did nothing for him. I switched to using Gentle Naturals Baby Eczema Cream and Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap Shampoo. His bumps cleared up within 2 days and it is the only lotion and shampoo we use on him. I love this stuff. It is a little more expensive but it works great for him.

Heather said...

I heard this at a La Leche League meeting... if you're nursing, rub a little breast milk on baby's skin after washing. It helps to calm any irritation and promotes healing. If you're not breastfeeding, ask a breastfeeding friend for an extra ounce. It will store in your fridge for up to 5 days.

I use breastmilk on cuts, scrapes, bug bites, too. Since I've got it, I plan to use it!

Melanie said...

My daughter had this and it turned out to be a food allergy. Ask the ped. if this could be the case. She was also sensitive to detergents and fabric softeners.

Aubrey said...

You can actually put a small amount of benzoyl peroxide (2.5% strength) on their face to help with the acne, though first you should put some on their arm or other body part to make sure it won't cause a reaction. You should be able to get this over the counter, but double check the strength and definitely ask your doctor.

Alicia said...

My daughter got a terrible case of it at about one week old. The doctor said that it had nothing to do eith detergents or anything and would go away on its own, but it miraculously dissapeared when I switched to dye and fragrance free detergent. This is easy to try,just buy some free and clear detergent and use it for a few weeks. But be sure to wash everything in it. My daughter would break out from being held by other people and rubbing against their clothes (if it was for an extended period of time). It might not work for you, but you've got nothing to lose (except that fresh smell).

Anonymous said...

My 13 month old still has bad acne. Our next step is to see a pediatric dermatologist, but our doctor said we could start with 4% benzoyl peroxide and up it to 6%. But yes, it hurts me more than him.

Reflections. said...

I would second what Liz said. When our son was a baby he had very bad baby acne and it did not lessen after 8 weeks when most baby acne does. I was breastfeeding him and cut dairy out of my diet, the acne cleared up shortly after that. Just a thought :)

Wandering No More said...


My 1st son had terrible baby acne - and it was right during the Christmas holidays! My sister-in-law told me to rub small amounts of baby powder onto it and it worked in just a couple of days! Sprinkle the powder into the palm of your hand and then use your fingertip to rub onto his face.
Just like the others warned, do be sure it's baby acne (caused by hormones) and not an allergic rash of some kind.
Many Blessings to you and baby!