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How to Treat Baby Acne

My baby is one month old and has broken out with terrible acne. What do I do?!”

Don’t panic. I know it’s hard seeing breakouts on your new baby’s perfect face, but it probably bothers you much more than it bothers them.

If your baby is showing signs that their acne is hurting or itching them, or you’re at all worried, please schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Baby acne is very common and while time heals all things, there are a few steps you can take that may help speed up the process.

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Washcloth and warm water

Using a soft washcloth and lukewarm water, gently wipe your baby’s face once or twice a day. This will help clear it of milk, formula, or anything else that may be accumulating on their sensitive skin throughout the day.

Avoid soap

Believe it or not, baby soap may actually cause your baby’s face to break out worse, so avoid using soap on their faces and stick to just water.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is great to use on their bodies during bath time. It’s soap-free and easy on Baby’s newborn skin.


The power of breastmilk is amazing. After you’re done nursing, try expressing some drops directly onto your baby’s face and gently spreading it over their acne.

Not only can breastmilk help treat baby acne, but some moms have been known to use it to alleviate sunburns, mosquito bites and several other skin ailments.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil can serve as an anti-bacterial, as well as a moisturizer. Try applying a little bit to your baby’s skin and see if it helps.

Coconut oil can also be used to treat cradle cap and cracked nipples from nursing.

Tubby Todd’s All Over Ointment

Even if you don’t use it to treat your baby’s acne, Tubby Todd’s All Over Ointment is a great product to have on hand.

It’s made with natural ingredients and can be used to treat anything from cradle cap to diaper rash to mom and dad’s dry heels.

The ointment is a little pricey ($16 for 3.2 oz), but a little bit goes a long way!

Try not to stress too much about your baby’s acne. It does get better…at least until they’re teenagers!

XO Nicoll

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