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Three Causes of Baby Or Toddler Acne

While acne is most commonly associated with the stage of adolescence due to the surge of hormonal activity, it does appear from time to time in other age groups. Adults, especially those who suffered from acne when they were teens, are especially prone to developing it. Pregnant women and menopausal women are also prone to developing acne. In fact, even babies and toddlers can develop acne. So much for baby soft skin, right? Well, baby and toddler acne usually isn’t as severe as adolescent or adult acne. It usually clears up quickly and doesn’t leave any scars due to the nature of children’s skins. Like adult acne, however, the cause for infant and baby acne is still generally unknown. Scientists cannot point to just one major cause. Instead, they attribute it to these three major factors.

Hormones

When a baby is born, he or she first shares a lot of hormones with her mother. This causes some adult-like characteristics to crop up, and one of them is acne. The hormones circulate in the baby’s blood stream and proceed to stimulate his or her undeveloped sweat glands and oil glands.

Some babies can have infant acne immediately after they are born while some babies have it a few weeks after.

Pores

The skin of children, especially infants, is not yet fully developed. That’s why it’s so sensitive, and at the same time, that’s also why it has a remarkable ability to heal. As part of the skin, children’s pores are quite shallow and get clogged easily. This makes it quite prone to acne.

Diet

As in the case of hormones, when you breastfeed your baby, he or she will, in a sense, eat what you eat. The nutrients you get will also be the nutrients that he or she will receive. So, if you have too much fat or oil in your diet, then the baby will also have too much in his or her diet. And this predisposes him or her to infant acne.

Likewise, if your toddler eats too much chocolate or oily food, then he or she is also predisposed to developing toddler acne.

However, in the case of children, consulting the doctor first would be the prudent thing to do. Make sure that the pustules you see are actually acne and not some other skin disease. As for treatment, it is not advisable to use antibiotics or creams like you do for adults. The infant or toddler acne clears up by itself and what you should do is just wash your child’s face at least twice a day with mild soap and clean water and wait for the acne to clear up.

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