Baby Acne

As early as 2 weeks of age, some newborns develop mild acne—breakouts of red bumps typically on their nose and cheeks.


About 20% of newborns experience this, probably in response to hormones passed through the placenta from their mothers just before delivery, or from hormones the baby produces in response to the stress of birth.

If your baby has acne, it will soon fade on its own. Don’t try to scrub it or apply any lotion or cream, since this could make it worse. Talk with your baby’s healthcare provider about any concerns you have about your baby’s skin.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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