When Does Baby Acne Go Away? Experts Answer

It’s been almost an hour now since my daughter went to bed, and I am still on a high that I can’t go to sleep myself.

So I thought, “Why not write something for my readers tonight?”

Then I went through all the topics I’ve written about to give me an idea of what else I can share with you.

As I was going through my posts, I noticed a large zit on my nose, which is really distracting as I try to concentrate on what I’m doing.

Then it dawned on me:

“That’s it! I’m writing about acne in baby and when it goes away.”

But before going straight to the question “When does baby acne go away?” I will define first what is baby acne. I will also share with you how you can differentiate it from other skin problems so make sure to read this till the end.


What Really is Baby Acne?

The phrase baby acne is the general term for the zits on your baby’s face. However, you can categorize it into two: Newborn acne and infantile acne.

Newborn acne is what you see in babies six weeks old or less; infantile acne is for one that appears when your little ones are six weeks and older.

Are they really different?

Yes, they are.

Newborn Acne vs. Infantile Acne

Aside from the difference in the time when the acne pops up on your baby’s face, there are other dissimilarities between the two.

One, newborn acne usually goes away on its own. Infantile acne, on the other hand, may need treatment depending on its severity.

Two, newborn acne may be caused by maternal hormones that are present in your little ones. In contrast, infantile acne may be caused by what engenders teenage or adult acne.

Three, newborn acne does not leave scars; infantile acne may do.

When Does Baby Acne Go Away?

As I mentioned earlier, newborn acne goes away on its own in a few months. Infantile acne, on the contrary, may last until your baby is a toddler says The American Academy of Dermatology.

Nevertheless, proper care for your little angel’s skin is necessary whether it is newborn or infantile acne.

Baby Acne Treatment

Here are some tips from experts at Very Well Health:

Method 1:

Use a gentle soap. Wash your baby, as usual, using lukewarm water but make sure the soap you are using is gentle, non-oily, or non-greasy. Applying oil or grease on your baby’s skin may aggravate the skin problem.

Do not rub or scrub the affected areas. Patting is enough.

Method 2:

For infantile acne, you may use medical treatments as prescribed by your baby’s pediatrician. It can be topical antibiotics or retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, or others.

Note that you should not use any of these medications unless your doctor told you so. Remember that your baby’s skin is sensitive, and these solutions may contain harsh chemicals.

Other tips:

  • Keep the affected area clean and dry.

  • Do not pop or prick the pimples.

  • Do not use over-the-counter acne solutions

Also, note that you have to ask for pediatrician’s advice if it is infantile acne for several reasons.

One, infantile acne is like teenage acne so it can last long or can leave permanent scarring. Your pediatrician will advise you of the most appropriate course of action so you know how to treat it properly and learn how you can avoid the scarring.

How Do You Know it’s Baby Acne?

Yeah, how do you know you are indeed dealing with an acne and not something else? What does a baby acne look like?

As the name suggests, baby acne looks just like any acne we get as adults--red bumps, whiteheads, or closed comedones. It appears on the face, but sometimes, it can be on the neck, upper back, and chest.

A heat rash is also a red bump on your baby’s skin, but they are commonly found where baby sweats a lot like the neck, back, chest, and abdomen area. Rashes on the face are usually confined along the hairline.

A diaper rash is even easier to identify because of its location. It is confined in the areas that a diaper covers.

Contact dermatitis may also appear on the face, but it is not spread out. According to Medical News Today, contact dermatitis is caused by being in contact with a material that causes allergies. So say, if your baby is drooling, only the areas where the saliva is in contact with will have the rashes or red bumps. This is referred to as teething rash.

Also, if contact dermatitis is caused by an irritant that you spread in many parts of your baby, such as lotion, rashes may appear in all these areas.

Another skin problems that may appear like baby acne is Erythema toxicum. A significant number of infants are born with Erythema toxicum, but you should not worry. It goes away in a few days and is not harmful.

Milia is another acne-like bump, but instead of the common red hue, milia is white. Nearly half of newborns have this condition. But just like Erythema toxicum, milia is nothing to worry about. It also goes away in a few days.

Then, there is also the transient neonatal pustular melanosis. It sounds scary, but you shouldn’t be. It is a common skin condition of babies with black skin. Transient neonatal pustular melanosis are small pus-filled spots. They go away in about five days, but they may leave a scar for several months.

Final Note

Baby acne is pretty common and it should not alarm you. However, you should note some important points:

One, when it appears. If it is beyond six weeks old, a help from your pediatrician is needed to make sure the acne does not worsen and leave permanent marks.

Two, where it appears. Baby acne is usually found on the face and sometimes, neck, upper back, and chest. If it appears somewhere else, it could be another skin problem. Ask your doctor about it.

Last, how long it’s there and if it worsens over time. Newborn baby acne goes away on its own over time. But if its appearance worsens as the day goes, it may need a medical treatment.

But regardless of these factors, always make sure that you’re keeping your baby clean by using safe baby products.
Ibeaa Perdon

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