Spotty skin: What is baby acne? And has my baby got it?
Has your baby got spotty skin? We explain what you need to know about baby acne, milia and spotty skin
Babies don’t always have that smooth, perfect skin we imagine. Spots on baby’s skin is actually common and affects 20% of all newborns. Here’s what you need to know
My baby has white spots on her face, what are they?
If these spots are tiny and white and across the cheeks, nose, forehead, chin or around the eyes, it is likely to be milia. It’s common in newborn babies and nothing to worry about.
When is my baby likely to get milia?
It is most common in the first weeks after birth and should disappear on its own over the coming weeks and by the time baby is 3 months old.
My baby's not newborn anymore - could my baby have acne?
If the spots on their face look red and angry raised blemishes, this could be baby acne. Much like milia, it should clear up naturally over time.
How do I know the spots aren’t a sign of something more serious?
Both milia and baby acne will do no harm to your baby it’s more upsetting for you seeing them on your baby’s face. If you are in any doubt what the spots are, do visit your GP to be sure. Pimples that appear after three months of age are more likely to be infantile acne. They tend to look more severe and often need medical treatment. Do not use over-the-counter treatments, face washes or lotions. Your baby's skin is very sensitive at this young age.
Can I treat the spots on my baby’s face?
If your baby’s skin seems oily or it is irritating them, just regularly wash their face with warm water and pat it dry with a clean towel. Don’t apply any lotions to the spots.