How do I treat baby acne?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Many newborns get tiny red bumps on their face (called baby acne) about three weeks after birth. This common skin condition may look more serious than it is, and the best treatment is home care. Wash the baby's face with lukewarm (never hot) water several times a day and gently pat it dry. You may use a mild baby cleanser a few times each week, but be sure to rinse the skin and pat dry. Avoid rubbing or popping the tiny pimples when washing baby's face. Baby acne should go away in time, but if the bumps persist or worsen, talk with your pediatrician to see if further treatment is necessary.

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