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Blackheads, a type of acne, are fairly common for babies to develop within the first couple of weeks after birth. Baby acne, including blackheads, develops due to hormonal changes that can stimulate oil glands. Not all babies get acne but babies who do develop acne most often do so on their cheeks. In some cases, babies can have blackheads on their forehead, chin and backs as well. In rare cases, severe baby acne can be a sign of a hormone problem and should be addressed with your paediatrician.
Wash your baby's skin with mild baby soap and water on a daily basis. Gently pat your baby's skin dry after washing. Be careful not to wash the area too much, as this can make your baby's delicate skin irritated and make blackheads and other acne worse.
Avoid lotions or oils. Lotions and oils can make your baby's skin worse and cause further irritation. Do not use over-the-counter acne medicines on your baby's skin. Blackheads on your baby should not be treated like acne that is experienced by many teens.
Do not pinch or squeeze the blackheads or bumps. Your baby's skin is very sensitive and just as with anyone, pinching or squeezing acne can cause increased pain, irritation and, in some cases, infection. Rupturing the skin to expel blackheads can also cause scarring of your baby's skin.
Practice patience. Waiting for the acne to go away on its own is usually the best course of action. If your baby is not bothered by the blackheads, try not to let them bother you. If your baby's skin does not clear up within three months, ask your paediatrician for advice, as it could be a sign of a more serious problem.
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