The growth of acne is often found even with a percentage of 20% in newborns, red or yellow spots appear like acne, of course different from acne that occurs in adults. Baby acne, known as the medical term acne neonatorum, is caused by a hormonal disorder in the mother that is transmitted to the baby in the womb. Red spots on the baby’s skin or more commonly called baby acne are caused by pregnancy hormones that enter the fetus. Hormones will stimulate the oil glands in the baby’s body so that it will activate them and produce excess oil in the baby. The emergence of excessive oil will result in blocked pores and the appearance of acne in babies.
You don’t need to worry because a few days or a few weeks at the longest the acne will disappear in your baby without leaving a scar. You need to know the characteristics of reddish spots that indicate acne or some other health problem. Watery red spots are not a sign of acne but rather a skin disorder such as milk eczema or atopic eczema which is an inflammation of the skin that is often found in babies who are more than 3 months old while its appearance is usually on both cheeks, arms and lower legs. Your baby will feel itching and have trouble sleeping.
If your baby has a skin disorder that resembles acne but is accompanied by colic or diarrhea possibly due to health problems affected by allergiesi on certain types of food. Meanwhile, some skin disorders that resemble acne but runny may be influenced by some cosmetics used by the baby that are not suitable, very sensitive and prone to irritation, whereas if the red spots continue to develop, enlarge, it will cause itching before drying due to chickenpox. For those of you who find your baby with acne just born or a few weeks after birth, you don’t need to panic.
Here’s how to deal with baby acne as follows:
1. It is recommended that you do not touch the red spots (baby acne) let alone squeeze or remove the contents because it will cause infection and risk of inflammation and worsening the condition of the baby.
2. You can keep your baby’s skin and body clean. You can use baby soap, a soft, well-drying towel as long as you don’t wipe with a coarse cloth as this will have the potential for harshness and scuffing.
3. Avoid using creams, baby oils or lotions in the treatment of babies with acne, especially when applying them directly, you should consult your doctor to get an ointment according to the doctor’s advice.
4. For babies with acne, you should avoid activities in the middle of hot weather and avoid using clothes that cannot absorb sweat properly, then for sensitive baby skin, you should use special baby detergents and softeners to reduce freckles in babies.