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Baby Acne and Cradle Cap

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Pediatrician Tanya Altmann explains how babies can often be encumbered by acne, which is often due to the transfer of hormones from the mother to the baby. Acne is completely harmless and will go away in time, so it’s nothing to stress about. If your baby has acne, it can help to wash their face with mild, unscented baby soap and water. If their acne gets worse, speak with your doctor about introducing an over-the-counter, 1% Hydrocortisone cream for a few days to tame the acne down.


- Babies do get acne, and while it's perfectly harmless, it can sometimes bother the parents, especially if you have big plans for a baby photo shoot. Baby acne often appears around two or three weeks of age, and it can last for about two months. What is usually recommend is washing your baby's face with just a mild, unscented baby soap and some water. If the acne is very red and angry looking, ask your doctor about putting on an over the counter 1% hydrocortisone cream just for a few days in a row to help tame the acne down. Simply, it's what ... Read more

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