How to Clear Up Baby Acne

by Tiffany Silverberg

Even on his worst days, your baby is perfect to you, but it may be hard to ignore those nasty red or white bumps that are starting to cover his skin. It's baby acne. Although it may be hard to make a connection between hormone-crazed teenagers and your little bundle of joy, even the smallest ones can have acne. The best thing you can do is to clean that smiling face and relax, knowing the acne will likely go away on its own in a matter of months.

Items you will need

  • Soft burp cloth
  • Soft washcloth
  • Mild soap
  • Soft towel
  • Onesie
  • Favorite toy
Step 1

Wipe any milk, saliva or other liquid from your baby's skin as soon as it starts to collect. This is especially important after he eats or when he is drooling.

Step 2

Dip a soft washcloth in warm water and mild soap and wipe your child's face and skin once a day, primarily in areas where moisture might be omnipresent, such as in her neck or around her mouth. Rinse the washcloth with warm water and wipe the area to remove any soap. Dry with a soft towel. Don't moisturize unless your baby's skin is dry or chapped, because excess oil can contribute to breakouts.

Step 3

Put your baby in cool outfits, such as onesies, as the weather allows. You will notice that the rash or acne flares up when he is crying or excessively warm. For special occasions like photo shoots or video recordings, dress him in cool clothes and keep him calm with a favorite toy or blanket to minimize the appearance of the acne.

Step 4

Make an appointment to see the doctor, if you don't have a routine appointment set, after your child is six months old. If the acne hasn't cleared up by this point, your baby may have another underlying issue causing it. The doctor can determine whether the rash is simple baby acne or if it may be caused by a more serious issue. He may prescribe a topical cream to treat the acne.


  • Do not try to pick or poke the pimples or acne. Let your child's skin heal itself and grow with him. Picking at the acne can cause unnecessary pain and infection.

About the Author

Tiffany Silverberg has written grants and copy materials for over three years. She graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in linguistics. Silverberg has conducted research regarding language development in deaf children and worked as the lead reporter at the Kingsville Record and Bishop News in Texas.

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