Why is baby acne more common in boys?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Baby acne is more common in boys and is the result of exposure to the mother's hormones. These acne bumps can be small comedones (a medical term describing pimples), inflammatory pustules, or inflamed lesions that look like whiteheads circled by a ring of redness. Sometimes baby acne involves cysts or painful lumps that grow underneath the skin. If baby acne persists, it may need treatment beyond daily facial washes. Talk to your pediatrician about your baby's skin and follow the doctor's recommendation for cleansing and treating your baby's skin condition.

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