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Acne, infant


Acne is not unusual among newborns; it is triggered by hormones passed from the mother before birth. The hormones cause the glands in the skin to produce oil; if these glands become blocked and inflamed, whiteheads and pimples may develop on the newborn’s face. Newborn acne usually clears up on its own in three or four months. If it is troublesome or persistent, a pediatrician may prescribe a topical medication. Contrary to popular belief, infant acne is not associated with the development of acne in adolescence. Rarely, however, infantile acne becomes severe and persists for months or even a few years. This is usually associated with a family history of acne (usually in the father) and is often followed by severe acne in adolescence. A doctor should evaluate the skin condition so as to rule out both SEBORRHEA dermatitis and MILIARIA.