Does your infant have more pimples than an eighth-grader? Just when she seems ready for her close-up — head rounding out nicely, eyes less puffy and squinty — baby acne might be next. This pimply preview of puberty is incredibly common, usually beginning at 2 to 3 weeks of age and affecting about 20 to 40 percent of all newborns. Believe it or not, as with adolescent acne, hormones are believed to be mainly to blame. What's more, the pores in a baby's skin are not yet fully developed, making them easy targets for infiltration by dirt and the blossoming of blemishes.
Baby Acne: Causes, Treatments, and More
Baby Acne: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
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Baby Acne: What to Do If Your Infant Has It
Skip to content. It's normal for babies to develop rashes from as early as a few days old. If your baby appears unwell, call your GP or GP out of hours service. Also below is information on some of the most common rashes in babies. Most rashes are harmless and go away on their own.
Back to Health A to Z. Many things can cause a rash in babies and children, and they're often nothing to worry about. Use the information on this page to get an idea of what to do about a rash.