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My baby is 3 1/2 weeks and has bad baby acne. I know its normal and most say to leave it be but I can't help wondering if I can do something besides gentally clean her face daily! Homeopathy, reflexology, diet, topical treatment?
 

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You may want to post this also in "life with a babe" forum.<br><br>
My 2 babes had really bad baby acne. We just gave a gentle water wash once/day and I think they had both cleared up by around 8 or 9 weeks or so. It's not very pretty but it never seemed to both my babes.
 

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My baby had bad baby acne around 4-6 wks. Gentle washing once/day helped a bit, but mostly patience did the trick. It cleared up and she has beautiful baby/toddler skin now, of course. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It never seemed to bother her at all, so I tried not to let it bother me.<br><br>
I second posting this in Life w/a Babe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Also, just remembered for a brief period my baby had it on her chest, too - not just on her face. It all went away.
 

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It could be coincidence (i.e. it was clearing up anyway) but a little of my breastmilk placed gently on my DS face seemed to help a lot.
 

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Tillie got that too, and it lasted a good 4 weeks but it went away on its own.<br><br>
It doesn't bother her and soaps and such could aggravate it, best to just let it clear up on its own... it will.<br><br>
-Iris
 

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Same here!
 

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My second DD had especially bad baby acne. We didn't do a thing except wait. Her skin eventually cleared up on its own.
 

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My DD had it terribly, but just for a short time. She got it all up into her scalp and on her neck. I even called the doctor, even though I knew very well what it was. (They kindly confirmed!) Breastmilk didn't help hers, just time.
 

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If it's just baby acne, it will clear on its own after about three weeks. However, I thought the "baby acne" on my now-two-month-old was just that, but then one day realized that all the little bumps on her scalp and forehead were gone, but her cheeks and chin still looked horrible.<br><br>
When we talked about it on my DDC, several other moms were seeing the same thing. The rash seemed to react very badly to skin contact or sweat (like on the mom's arm while nursing). We guessed that it was some combination of winter and dry air, heat rash from contact with skin, maybe a little eczema to boot.<br><br>
I switched to a very, very mild soap and used PhisiObebe after any contact with sweat, and I started putting Stelatopia on her cheeks. Within 48 hours it had gone away and she had gorgeous newborn cheeks again. I still have to put the stelatopia on her every day; if I forget, I start seeing the red bumps and raised patches come back as soon as she sleeps on my husband's arm again.<br><br>
The moral of the story is that baby acne is totally normal and it just goes away. All my other kids have had acne and it lasts a few weeks and disappears. But if you're seeing the red dots get very "angry" or hot/dry/swollen with skin contact, consider something like a gentle barrier cream.
 
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