My son is 7 weeks old and has really bad acne. Anything I can do to clear it up?

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If you are breast feeding, try putting a little breast milk on it. It will clear up pretty quickly.

Tiffany - posted on 10/30/2009

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My son had baby acne at that age. I read not to wash his face with soap (this can dry his skin out too much) also not to put any kind of cream/lotion on it. Just keep it clean with warm water and pat dry through-out the day. That's what we did, and it cleared up on its own in no time!

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My baby has lots of spots, rashy looking, they come and go, sometimes look good or bad. I have been advised that she has sensitive/dry skin - I was advised to use no soap because it dries their skin out more just use water when you bath, try sensitive washing powder - use no fabric softner, for clothing and blankets use cotton or wool materials - not synthetic stuff. I would suggest that if the skin is dry use paw paw cream - it is natural and works wonders - also good for baby nappy rash and cracked nipples.

Amaka - posted on 11/10/2009

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hey there..apparently baby acne, or milk spots erupt from about 6 weeks so your sons is following the pattern like clockwork.,.its the release of all those hormones in his systems..they go on their own..my sons skin was quite bad and now you wouldnt even know he suffered from it as hes got beautiful skin..dont do anything just leave it.,.

have a good day..xx

Candice - posted on 11/10/2009

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There's nothing you can do. It's all hormonal. It'll take 6 months, at the most, for it to go away completely, but don't panic. Boys aren't equipped with the same amount of hormones as we are so their bodily reaction is baby acne. It has nothing to do with you kissing him (baby acne is also known as "kiss bumps"). Kiss him all day long :) If you want to use anything, use A&D ointment. It'll keep the flaring up of his acne to a minimum until they go away.

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Adeline - posted on 11/10/2009

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You probably won't have to do much more than the regular care. My babys acne went away without any special attention. I just bathed her the same as always.

Molly - posted on 11/10/2009

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My son had the same thing and all the books I read said to wash his face with a mild baby soap once a day. I did this and I also started washing my shirts in his baby laundry detergent because he likes to rub his face on my chest. Within a few days it was all cleared up

Erin - posted on 11/05/2009

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my daughter had the same thing we used baby soap and a warm wash cloth everyday twice a day and hers cleared up in a week and a half just make sure to get all the soap off bc it can make it worse if you dont get it all off

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My daughter had it really bad, her ped told us to use original Dove bar soap, and wash her face with that. Be sure not to get it in her eyes! We have used it on her face for over 3 months and it works great!

Brandi - posted on 10/29/2009

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dont do anything to it he will outgrow it my son just out grew his and he is 3 months old I know it looks awful and sometimes i would wonder if it hurt but it will go away. some babies take longer than others. there skin is to sensitive to use anything on it but dont put lotion on his face because that will not let his skin breathe therefore it could slow down the clearing up process.

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My son had it really bad and it ended up being an allergic reaction to cow milk protien. He's also allergic to soy formula. It didn't clear up on his own and eventually he got hives and blood in his stool so now we're on hypoallergenic formula. It cleared up immediately after switching to it. Severe case, but still very real. Lots of babies get "milk bumps" because their skin is so sensitive. Ask pediatrician what they recommend. Never know if it's just that or something more like what we went through =)

Elita - posted on 10/04/2009

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Just leave it alone......it will go on it own don't put any soap in bath for a few weeks

Jeanette - posted on 10/02/2009

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Quoting Tara:

my baby started out having some mild acne and then it just got worse and wouldn't clear up. I of course followed to rule dont do anything but when i went to the doctors it turned out to be baby exzema, mostly just on her face, chest and upper arms.. it would get worse some days and be pretty clear others.. but she prescribed eucirin cream and i give her a bath every other night and put it all over her body.. it took a week but it cleared right up and she doesnt have it any more as long as i keep following that routine. she said i could also use aveeno baby cream. so i would just keep an eye on it and if it doesnt end up going away i would ask the doctor if it could be the baby exzema..



This happened to my children.  My 3 year old had it really bad.  My newborn was getting acne and I left it alone until it started looking patchy.  I put hydrocortisone cream on her cheeks/ear and it cleared up immediately.  Her ear was pealing and my pediatrican told me to put the cream there, too.  She also had it around the back of her neck which cleared up immediately as well.

Steph - posted on 09/17/2009

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my little boy had it really bad, it started soon after birth at about 4 days, they looked so sore and red, the health visitor assured me they werent sore to him though and to leave them around and by 12 weeks they should be cleared up unless they get infected, so to stop that happening i would apply sudocrem to his cheeks over the spots after every bath and face wash, the doc said it was fine to use it on his face with it being a anti septic and it really helped, he is near 8 weeks now and its cleared up great, sometimes if he cries alot or gets hot it will flare up but it soon goes again!

Lila - posted on 09/17/2009

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Do not use baby products, for bath times use DOVE for sensitve skin and Eucerin.

Tara - posted on 09/16/2009

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my baby started out having some mild acne and then it just got worse and wouldn't clear up. I of course followed to rule dont do anything but when i went to the doctors it turned out to be baby exzema, mostly just on her face, chest and upper arms.. it would get worse some days and be pretty clear others.. but she prescribed eucirin cream and i give her a bath every other night and put it all over her body.. it took a week but it cleared right up and she doesnt have it any more as long as i keep following that routine. she said i could also use aveeno baby cream. so i would just keep an eye on it and if it doesnt end up going away i would ask the doctor if it could be the baby exzema..

Kristin - posted on 09/11/2009

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My 7 week old has some baby acne too. Its starting to go away, and I havent done anything. My older son had it too, and I did nothing, and it went away all on its own. Its just one of those things that time will heal. ~Kristin~

Trish - posted on 09/11/2009

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My son has them too (had heaps of whiteheads straight after birth), but I don't use anything other than water to wash his face. He is now 7 weeks and his face has started to clear up. My elder two children also had them when they were babies and they both have beautiful skin now.

Jessica - posted on 09/03/2009

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I got this cream from my doctor for my daughters baby acne. It was called ketoconazole.

Danielle - posted on 09/03/2009

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My little boy had loads of white heads around the 1st week, I just washed his face everyday with water, and have just started to clear up. He's now 6 weeks old and skin is looking great. I got really worried when the first appeared, but my health visitor said they were completely normal and will fade in time. She also said they have something to do with their hormones.

Aurora - posted on 08/31/2009

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With my first girl and now with Rochelle, I was told to by my ped to use Aquaphor No Soap for sensitive skin. It cleared it up very quickly. HTH.

Janette - posted on 08/31/2009

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make sure you wipe his face with a damp cloth after every feeding and each nap....AND be careful of your diet. My doctor said my baby had baby acne that would go away but I didn't buy it. I took a break from my peanut butter filled pretzel snacks (which i ate while nursing) because I gained a little weight then noticed her face cleared up..then started eating them again and her face broke out. Needless to say, I stopped with the pretzels and her face as been clear every since.

Sadie - posted on 08/28/2009

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My son is also 7 weeks and we used the Aveno bath wash. It is SOOOO creamy and thick! It cleared his acne up in about 3 days... worth a try, and even if it doesn't work for him, it feels great on adult skin too!!

Deanna - posted on 08/27/2009

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hey try aquafor i think i spelled it wrong but it really works i used it on my daughter all the time

Amanda - posted on 08/25/2009

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My 5 week old has had baby acne since we brought him home. Sometimes it looks better than gets worse again so I don't know when it will go away but I was also told, as well as read, that it will go away on its own but can take a couple months. My mom said I had it as well. Our son had swollen nipples that leaked milk in the first week (didn't figure that out until the doctor squeezed them to check). All of it is due to our hormones so don't worry!

Jessica - posted on 08/24/2009

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They are called hormone spots and are completely normal. It is just due to baby having risidual hormones left over from you.They will clear up in thier own time if left alone.

Chantelle - posted on 08/24/2009

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It usually clears up on it's own but if u want try Johnson's Soothe & protect Balm , My daughter had the same thing & i found it worked really Good! i Just put a little on after her Bath's .. it Help's with the redness & dryness of there skin too

Tristian - posted on 08/23/2009

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My son is al;most 7 weeks and has a mild case of newborn acne as well. I was advised to use a soft washcloth with a tiny amount of soap to wash his face in the shower. When he is all dried off to put cortizone cream on his face but no more than like 3 days. After so many days it'll mess with their skin type. You can also just let it be; I've been told it'll clear up on it's own after a few weeks or so.

Melanie - posted on 08/22/2009

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my 4 week old has some too, I was advised to just leave and it would clear up. There skin is very sensitive so it's best not to do to much to it

Louise - posted on 08/22/2009

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ask if they hormonal withdrawal spots. . . . . . some babies can get it and it can last 2-3 months. . . . . its a possibility. . . . but dont worry it wont harm him, it will just make him moody

Leanne - posted on 08/21/2009

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my son has them spots to my midwife said they milk spots bt his r reli red n go al blotchy when he crys

Karen - posted on 08/21/2009

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You don't need to do anything....it's normal and will go away on it's own.....in fact I would do anything unless you pediatrican says so. Just bathe him normaly, and resist the temptation to pick at it. His skin is just adjusting to the real world and being away from the hormones in your body.

Sarah - posted on 08/21/2009

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I agree with Kelsey - "the book" says to leave them alone. They're not causing your son pain and they're not really acne so there's no reason to worry about them. Just something babies get... I'd let 'em be.

Kelsey - posted on 08/21/2009

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My daughter got some whiteheads on her cheeks at 3 weeks and it cleared up on its own without me doing anything. Thats what "the book" says to do: nothing.

Stefanie - posted on 08/21/2009

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My little boy had it too from 3 weeks and it was pretty bad at 6 weeks. He is now 7 weeks and it's clearing up nicely. I didn't put anything on him, it will go away after a while so don't worry!

Louise - posted on 08/21/2009

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you can get a anti-bacterial soap used for the average person and just put a lil in the bath with him every 3 days. my son has a similar case as you. and it has really helped clear it. try it. you can get it from a pharmacy/chemist

Louise - posted on 08/21/2009

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you can get a anti-bacterial soap used for the average person and just put a lil in the bath with him every 3 days. my son has a similar case as you. and it has really helped clear it. try it. you can get it from a pharmacy/chemist

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