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How do you treat baby acne?

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Gently treat baby acne with mild baby soap, water and a washcloth designed for a baby. Avoid scrubbing and using oils, oily lotions or over-the-counter acne products.

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  1. Wash with mild soap and avoid scrubbing

    Wash the affected area once a day with mild baby soap or coconut-based soap and lukewarm water; pat dry gently. Do not use hot water on the baby's skin. Baby acne is irritated by heat and saliva, so it can flare up when the baby is hot and fussy. The condition is also irritated by detergents, so watch for additional irritation. Avoid scrubbing and using very coarse cloths. Use a washcloth with soft fibers.

  2. Avoid some items, even those meant for babies

    Avoid use of baby oils or oily lotions on the affected area. Some lotions such as Aveeno or Cetaphil have been reported to help baby acne. When using a new product, closely watch the area and make sure the skin is not irritated further. Avoid the use of any over-the-counter acne products. These are meant for teens and adults and are very harsh on a baby's tender skin.

  3. Seek additional advice

    Seek the advice of your pediatrician if your baby's acne appears severe or bothersome.

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