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Baby Acne

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Baby acne, also known as infantile acne and neonatal acne, is a very common condition in newborns and infants.

The condition can be present at birth, but in most cases it appears after a few weeks and peaks at around 2 months of age. Baby acne is characterised by small whiteheads surrounded by reddish skin that appear on the nose, cheeks and surrounding skin.

Though the condition can look unpleasant and is often distressing for parents, no discomfort is felt by the baby. We have more information on the subject in our baby acne information section at the bottom of the page.

Baby Acne Treatments

Baby acne normally clears up after a few weeks so treatment isn't often neccessary. As a baby's skin is very delicate, traditional acne treatments will do more harm than good. If your infants acne doesn't clear up after 3 months you should seek advice from a doctor.
Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream 400g
Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream 400g:

Though baby acne rarely needs treatment, some of our customers choose to use a little Sudocrem on the affected areas.

Sudocrem is a lavender scented emollient with antibacterial and antifungal ingredients. It forms a protective layer over the skin and helps soothe and calm conditions such as acne, eczema, dermatitis, nappy rash and chafing.

This 400g tub of Sudocrem is the largest size we sell and is excellent value for money. We also sell Sudocrem in 60g, 125g and 250g sizes.   More >>>
Price: £8.30 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Sudocrem products and save 3%)

Baby Acne Information

What is baby acne?

Baby acne is a skin condition common amongst newborn babies and infants. Some children are born with it, but in most cases the condition appears after several weeks. Baby acne typically shows up on the nose, cheeks and temples of the child, but it can also be present on the forehead, chin and back. The condition can look sore and unpleasant, but it rarely troubles the infant.

What are the symptoms of baby acne?

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The symptoms of baby acne are small whiteheads and red pimple-like bumps across the affected areas. These symptoms can become more pronounced if the child is hot or fussy or if their skin is aggrevated by external irritants.

What causes baby acne?

As with adult acne, the main cause of infant acne is unknown. Many belive that it is due to a sensitivity to the maternal hormones experienced during pregnancy. Other factors being considered are the mothers diet during pregancy and breast-feeding, and the possible effects of any medicated taken during the same period.

How do I treat baby acne?

Baby acne usually clears up by itself after a few weeks. Cases that last longer than 3 months should always be referred to a doctor or health care professional.

Traditional acne treatments are formualted with adults and adolescents in mind, they are much too strong for a babies skin and will only do more harm than good. Putting any cream or ointment on your child's skin runs the risk of making the acne worse. It's best to be patient and wait for the condition to clear by itself. This is easier said than done, however. Some people do choose to use Sudocrem in such situations, but we do recommend that you speak with your family doctor first.

Related Conditions

If the redness and irritation on your baby's skin has a rash-like appearance or scaling or flaking are present, then it is likely your child is suffering from another skin condition. Cradle cap (infant seborrhoeic dermatitis) and infant eczema are other common skin complaints amongst young children. If unsure please check with your doctor.

Cradle Cap

Cradle Cap  
Cradle cap is a common condition that affects children during their first 3 months. The symptoms include greasy patches of yellow scaling and plaques on the skin's surface. Like baby acne, it is harmless, but can look unpleasant.   More >>>


Eczema is a form of dermatitis that effects more than 1 out of 10 people in the UK. It is characterised by dry, scaly, itchy skin that can easily become red and inflamed. Infantile eczema is common amongst infants and young children.   More >>>
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