Infant Baby Acne - Wappingers Falls, NY

Updated on January 21, 2008
C.D. asks from Wappingers Falls, NY
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Is there anything we can put on that wont iritate his sensitive skin due to his baby acne. It is on his cheeks and forehead. Also a bit of a rash on his chest area.

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K.M.

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it will go away. dont worry, babys skin has been in water for 10 months it takes time for it to toughen up so to speak in the real world. My son you tog et outbreaks and then theyd clear up and come back for a few months. It is normal.Congrats on the baby!

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K.Y.

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Try bathing with Aveeno every other night and apply Aquaphor a few times a day. It should clear up by 9 weeks. Good Luck!

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E.G.

answers from New York on

Hi My daughter had similar sensitivity with her skin. Anything perfumed bothered her so Johnson's was bad. My pediatrician has me use the Cetaphil, adults use it as well but it seemed to clear her up instantly. Cetaphil body wash and lotion.
Hope it works for you. Enjoy every minute....they grow so fast

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J.E.

answers from New York on

Aquafor is great, and so are the Johnson and Johnson Soothing Naturals products. Both of my twins have eczema and that really does the trick!

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C.D.

answers from New York on

Hi C.,

I work for a skin care company called Arbonne.Everything is botanically based.

We have a wonderful babyline that helps baby acne.

It is very gentle. There is a wash, body oil and lotion(also a sunscreen and diaper rash cream) that would do him good. Alot of moms say the body oil really helps. Even Adults with eczema and sensitve skin use our line.

I would be happy to send you a sample so you could see if it helps. You can also see it on my site http://cathydepaola.myarbonne.com go to shop online,baby

talk soon, C.

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D.

answers from New York on

Baby acne isn't caused by skin irratation, believe it or not. It's actually caused by your hormones getting out of his system from when he was still inside you. My son actually had a much worse case then my daughter. His head including his scalp, neck and chest were covered. Just bath him as usually and it will go away on it's own. Most babies get baby acne and it doesn't mean he has sensitive skin.

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A.B.

answers from New York on

Cetaphil face wash works great and is gentle enough for newborns. I used it on my daughter(her cheeks and chest) and her baby acne only lasted a few weeks, same thing for my friend whose doctor recommended Cetaphil. Good luck!!!

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J.A.

answers from New York on

Hi C.,

My baby had the same problem and I used Eucerin (recommended by my pediatrician) and it went away quickly and didn't irritate Aidan's skin.

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S.L.

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C. D-
CONGRATULATIONS on your new baby boy! I am an independent consultant for a company called Arbonne International. We have an amazing baby care line. Their products are all botanically based. They don't contain any dyes or added fragrance which can irritate that sensitive newborn skin! Please feel free to contact me at my email. I would be happy to help you get the products for your son. I can also forward on some before and after pics. Hope to talk to you soon.
Regards,
S. Lafond
Arbonne International Independent Consultant
District Manager
[email protected]____.com

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S.E.

answers from New York on

If you're breastfeeding, you can also express some of the milk with a pump and use the milk to wash the acne. Milk has all sorts of wonderful antibodies that help the acne heal.

How old is your baby? If just recently born and the pimples are slightly whitish in appearance they may not be acne, they may be "Erythema toxicum"- a harmless rash that I think is caused by bacteria from being born. It clears up on its own.

Most of the time the best solution for rashes is to make sure the baby isn't allergic to anything in his/her diet (try a different formula or if you're breastfeeding try the "Elimination diet") and avoid using baby bath products. Just wash with simple warm water and don't use baby washes (Johnson's always gave my son a pimply rash) or soaps. I was able to use plain Bronner's unscented castile soap after my son was about 4 months old. And even now I only use it when he's starting to smell pungent. Baby skin is delicate and can't really deal with too much washing.

Diaper rash needs to be taken care of with product since it's irritation caused by chemicals in the urine and poop. Use a thick creamy diaper rash cream or something like Butt Paste (if the rash is really bad) but most other rashes you just have to find the cause and then leave it alone to dry out.

Oh- you can also try switching laundry detergent (try Dreft or other hypoallergic detergents. My son was horribly sensitive to "All" and broke out everywhere even after we re-washed his clothes. We had to wash them twice to get all the residue out.)

Good luck.

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J.M.

answers from Syracuse on

as annoying as the acne can be, when i had my first child the doctor told me not to use anything on it. just make sure you wash the areas well with soap and water. this was eight years ago and my second child didnt have a problem with it. to be on the safe side i would call your doctor and ask if anything new has come out to help with this problem.

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A.G.

answers from New York on

Hi C.,

I would totally reccommend trying Arbonne's baby care line. Arbonne is botanically based - pure,safe & beneficial products! They do not contain mineral oil which can act as a comodegenic ingredient and is found in many common baby care products we use - look for it on the ingredients list (might also be listed as petroleum or other such derivatives). There is no reason to put this cheap filler on your child's skin when there are much better, safer alternatives out there.

Please check out my website: www.TheSkinYourIn.myarbonne.com & click shop online to order the baby care line.

There is great before and after pictures available, if you provide me with your mailing address I'd be happy to send you a sample pack / more info. to try out before you order! There is a lot of info. out there on the carcinogenic ingredients found in such things as baby bath products, I would also be happy to email you an interesting article on this.

Good luck & please let us know your feedback! :)

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Y.B.

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I have a friend who's a pediatric dermatologist. When my daughter had baby acne, millia and those awful newborn red patches -- all at once -- she suggested using Eucerin pH5 lotion to avoid irritating her skin with perfumes. As for soap, she recommended Baby Dove, but unfortunately, it's not sold in the US (we live in Mexico City). Cetaphil is an excellent substitute. Don't worry -- the acne will clear up on its own.

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A.L.

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Hi C. - first of all, try not to worry too much about this: most babies get acne, it's totally normal. my daughter was born last june and she had it for the first two months. You really can't do anything for acne. it goes away on its own once all the toxins in the body (which accumulated during gestation in the womb) pass out of her system. Mostly, my daughter had lots of white heads on her nose and one or two pimples on her cheeks. She also had a little cradle cap develop at 2 months which also went away on its own. I didn't choose to put anything on her skin, i didn't want to put any chemicals or lotion on her delicate skin and add more toxins to her body. I knew her body was handling it perfectly according to its own wisdom. the only cream i ever use on her diaper area is an olive oil based cream that i buy from whole foods, called egyptian magic. sometimes i put it on her cheeks when they get dry (and under her chin and arms which get a little red) it's edible and 100% safe and natural. I remember feeling upset by the acne because everyone was looking at the new baby and expecting beautiful clear skin (I remember well!) but I had to hang in there and put my ego aside and do the right (healthy) thing for my new baby. By 3 months, it was over.
~A.

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M.H.

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my baby had baby acne for about 2 months. the doctor said that we shouldn't put anything on it - that it would clear up on its own. it seemed like it took forever for his skin to clear up but it eventually did.

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S.H.

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Leave it alone and it will resolve on its own in a few weeks. Baby acne occurs as a result of exposure to maternal hormones during pregnancy. It's not bothering baby so don't worry.

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K.J.

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There is nothing that you should put on the acne, just warm water to gently cleanse. If you must then a little baby wash too. The acne will go in a few weeks and so long as you don't pick it then there won't be any marks to show the baby ever had it.

I think most babies get acne, certainly mine did, but there really is no need to do anything, it goes away on it's own.

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K.B.

answers from New York on

Are you breast feeding?
If you are using a formula, switch to organic.
Your baby is allergic to something you are feeding him.
His body can't digest it, so the toxins are showing up as acne.
Go to health store, lots of great baby care products for his skin, but you need to look into his diet.

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H.G.

answers from Rochester on

Congratulations on your new little one! I persoally don't use anything with the harsh chemicals in it. I have switched my home over to natural products which has helped in so many ways. If you want to talk more let me know and I can share with you what has worked so well for my family and babies!

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R.S.

answers from New York on

Hi C.,

My twin girls had the same thing and my pediatrician told me it's part and parcel of babyhood. He said it will clear up on it's own but that if I wanted to I could put Aquaphor on it. It's a little greasy but it's great for many things, like dry patches. Good luck!

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C.M.

answers from New York on

We've always used Weleda baby cream for our daughter for any rash--it's so gentle and very healing and natural. You can get it at the health food store or at whole foods. Hope this helps!

cornelia

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C.C.

answers from New York on

C., congratulations on your new son!! My oldest also had acne as well as rashes. At some point, I think when he was quite a bit older than yours but still an infant, I started rinsing everything in my washing machine by using an entire extra wash cycle. After a laundry load finishes washing, I run the entire load again, but don't add any detergent. I don't add anything at all during the entire second cycle. This extra rinsing has actually cured my own eczema, so I've continued to rinse all my clothes in a complete extra cycle, even though none of my kids have had acne or rashes for a long, long time.

C.

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D.M.

answers from Albany on

My son had it when he was about 1yrs. I was told to not pick at it our touch it you can cause scars. The best thing you can do is use a hypo allergetic baby cleanser. Have you ever heard of Arbonne they are a swedish company with natural products. I use their diaper rash cream and it's great. They may have a cleanser that is gentle for babies.I know that they have a baby line.

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K.R.

answers from Binghamton on

I have 5 kids, and I often wished there was some way to hasten baby acne healing. In fact, there are no quick fixes. Time is needed for babies to work through the hormones in their bodies that are causing this. Just be patient. All moms know what this is, and your baby is beautiful with or without the acne.

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J.T.

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How old is he? Around 4 weeks old, babies often get baby acne due to the mother's hormones that are clearing from his system. My little girl (now 8 months) had the same thing happen and had beautiful skin when she was born (and has beautiful skin now). It will clear on its own. However, if you want to put something on it, I would suggest either Eucerin cream or Aquaphor. I'd stay away from Hydrocortisone cream (it's a low potency steroid and isn't good for on the face). Also, what soap are you using to bathe him? Johnson and Johnsons can be drying to the skin so you might try Dove soap or just water for now. I'm a pediatric nurse and I see this all the time. If you are concerned or think it is getting worse go see your pediatrician just to be safe. Hope this helps!

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K.M.

answers from New York on

Personally, I loved the French Mustella products. They have a no rinse cleansing water, which I used on my son all the time when he was a baby, and it really seemed to soothe his skin. You can check out their website at www.mustella.com and no, I am not affiliated with their company. My girlfriends told me about them and I tried them out for myself. Other than that, don't worry too much. The acne will go away, along with the cradle cap and all the other stuff that they get right after birth.
Good Luck!

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M.T.

answers from New York on

Hi C.,

My name is M., I am the mother of a 2 1/2 year old daughter and I am also an independent consultant, Area Manager with Arbonne International, a health and wellness company. Our baby products are the BEST! They are all formulated without dyes or chemical fragrances and are very safe! We have body lotion, hair and body wash, diaper rash cream, body oil, and sunscreen. My daughter had eczema when she was a baby and this is the only thing that helped her! I'd be happy to send you a sample pack of the products if you wanted to try them!

Check out my website: www.mariatargi.myarbonne.com and call me at ###-###-####. You won't be disappointed trying these wonderful products!!

M.

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L.D.

answers from Albany on

Hi C.,

I wouldn't put anything on his face for the acne because that will go away on its own. Is he breastfed?

As for the rash and having sensitive skin, I use Arbonne's Baby Care line on my three boys ages 5 months to 7 years. They all have sensitive skin and eczema and the products have been phenomenal. I could send you some amazing before and after pictures! Just send me an email to [email protected]____.com and I'll send them your way.

Unlike a lot of companies, we don't have monthly requirements so you just get what you want when you want.

I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Hugs,
L.

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