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Community Questions - Baby acne.

"My son has had a small breakout of baby acne - he's now 8 weeks, I've been to see my GP and they recommended to put some soothing cream on him, but do you have any other tips or have you experienced this? It looks soo painful but apparently isn't?"

1. Keep the Skin Clean: Gently wash your baby's face with lukewarm water and a mild baby soap or cleanser once a day. Avoid harsh scrubbing or using adult skincare products, as these can exacerbate the acne.

2. Avoid Irritants: Try to keep your baby's skin away from potential irritants such as fragrances, harsh detergents, and fabric softeners. Stick to gentle, hypoallergenic products formulated for babies.

3. Use a Gentle Moisturizer: Apply a gentle, non-comedogenic moisturizer to your baby's skin to help keep it hydrated without clogging pores. Look for products specifically designed for sensitive baby skin.

4. Don't Pick or Squeeze: As tempting as it may be, avoid picking or squeezing your baby's acne lesions, as this can lead to infection and scarring. Instead, let the acne run its course naturally.

5. Breathable Clothing: Dress your baby in loose-fitting, breathable clothing made from natural fibers like cotton. Avoid dressing your baby in tight clothing or synthetic materials that can trap heat and sweat, exacerbating the acne.

6. Limit Sun Exposure: Keep your baby's skin protected from the sun by keeping them in the shade, using a stroller canopy or umbrella, and dressing them in lightweight, long-sleeved clothing. Avoid using sunscreen on babies under 6 months old unless recommended by a healthcare professional.

7. Be Patient: Baby acne usually resolves on its own within a few weeks to months without any treatment. While it may look uncomfortable, most babies aren't bothered by it and it doesn't cause any pain or itching.

Remember, if you have any concerns or if the acne persists or worsens, don't hesitate to consult your healthcare provider for further advice and guidance. They can provide reassurance and recommend appropriate treatment options if necessary.

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