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Natural Cures for Baby Acne

author image Rachel Nall
Rachel Nall began writing in 2003. She is a former managing editor for custom health publications, including physician journals. She has written for The Associated Press and "Jezebel," "Charleston," "Chatter" and "Reach" magazines. Nall is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Tennessee.
Natural Cures for Baby Acne
A close-up of an infant with baby acne. Photo Credit: sframephoto/iStock/Getty Images

If you observe red, pimple-like bumps on your baby’s face that seem to be exacerbated when he becomes fussy or cries, your baby could have baby acne, according to Medline Plus. Baby acne chiefly occurs on the face area, not on the chest, legs or arms. Baby acne is a common result of the shared hormones between mother and baby. The condition typically is noticeable for the first weeks after birth, and then disappears. During this time, it is possible to reduce the symptoms of baby acne by utilizing several natural treatments designed to be gentle to your baby while reducing the appearance of acne.

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Cleanse Daily

Just as an adult with acne should cleanse the skin daily, cleaning your baby’s skin can help to reduce acne’s appearance. In the simplest form, you can gently splash water over your baby’s face and towel dry the face. You also can use a gentle soap and wash the face, then cleanse with warm water. You should not, however, cleanse more than once daily as this can irritate your baby’s delicate skin and could potentially make the condition worse.

Honey and Lemon Solution

Nature’s anti-inflammatories, honey and lemon can be effective in treating baby acne, according to To make a honey and lemon solution, combine 1 tsp. of lemon juice with 1 tsp. of honey. Dip a cotton swab in this solution, and then apply to your baby’s face. Leave the solution on for 30 minutes, then wash away with warm water. When toweling off your baby’s face, be sure the towel has not been washed in harsh detergents because this can lead to a reaction that worsens baby acne.

A Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is vital to reducing the inflammation that can result in the continuing presence of acne. If you are nursing, be sure to drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods rich in vitamins and minerals. You will then pass these along to your baby, which can result in improved appearance of the skin, according to SkinHelp.

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