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Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians answer your health questions.

Dr. Jennifer Shu

Question & Answer


How long does it take for baby acne to go away?


Many babies are born with milia — pearly white bumps on the nose, chin, or cheeks caused by skin flakes trapped near the surface of the skin. Baby acne, on the other hand, appears as more pronounced red or white bumps on the forehead or cheeks. Baby acne develops within the first three to four weeks due to hormonal changes that stimulate oil glands. Rarely, baby acne may signal a hormonal problem.

Both conditions usually clear up on their own — milia within a few weeks, baby acne within a few months. Simply wash your baby’s face with water and a mild baby soap daily, avoid lotions or oils, and never pinch or scrub the bumps. If baby acne doesn’t clear up within three months, tell your pediatrician.

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