Infant acne

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by Guest Posts on Wed Oct 13, 2021 10:07 am

Infant acne

My son (will be 6-7 weeks old when the clinic runs) is currently suffering with what I’ve been told by the GP is infantile acne. It started on his cheeks, but now has spread to the back of his neck and in his hair. It’s been apparent for 2 weeks now. It flares up when he is warm/distressed and then calms down.

Can you tell me a bit about infantile acne? How long should I expect this to last for? And what can be the cause of the “acne”? Is there anything I can do to help shift it?

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Thanks,

Rosie
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by Dr Anton Alexandroff on Sat Oct 30, 2021 12:13 pm

Re: Infant acne

Dear Rosie,

It is thought to be genetic in origin and lasts a few months. Benzoyl peroxide gel can help. You can read more here https://dermnetnz.org/topics/infantile-acne .
I hope this is helpful.
Kind regards
Dr Anton Alexandroff
Consultant Dermatologist, Honorary Senior Lecturer & BSF spokesperson - FRCP, CCT (Derm), PhD, FRSM, FAAD

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