Neonatal acne, also known as baby acne, is a skin condition that affects newborns (usually peaking around the 2 month mark). Although baby acne is not serious and usually clears up on its own time, it can be stressful for a mother to witness her beautiful new baby’s face (and occasionally body) break out in these white or red bumps and pimples. Although a doctor can usually prescribe some kind of mild topical cream to help, here we explore a few more natural cures for baby acne.
- Already renowned as a fabulously hydrating formula for your baby’s skin, many mothers swear by the amazing powers of coconut oil for baby acne. Stick to the organic, unrefined stuff; you’ll only need a little bit at a time as this stuff goes a long way. All you need to do is rub a small amount of extra virgin coconut oil onto the affected area a few times a day. Coconut oil is 100% natural and chemical free and many mothers claim to see a difference in their baby’s skin after just a few applications. Added bonus – it’s perfect for treating cradle cap!
- If that doesn’t work, the solution to your baby’s skin problem might be found in your kitchen cupboards. It has been suggested by many that cornstarch simply mixed with a little water is a great way of treating this annoying skin complaint. Cornstarch has natural drying properties and many believe that this is the reason it is such a great way of combating this increased sensitivity in your little one’s sebaceous glands. Just mix a small amount with some room temperature water then apply a thin layer onto the child’s skin. Leave for an hour or so then wash off with warm water. As cornstarch is so drying, it is suggested that you only need to do this once a day in order to start seeing some results.
- Tried, tested and a sworn fixer according to many a mother, that ‘natural elixir of life’ breast milk is a popular choice for many moms trying to help their baby’s condition. Considered the most natural way to treat neonatal acne, simply soak a cotton pad in some of your breast milk then gently wipe over the baby’s skin a few times a day. Many mom’s profess to seeing a difference almost immediately.
- If you are a nursing mom, a simple change in your diet could be all it takes to clear up your little one’s skin. For some ladies, drinking dandelion tea seems to have a great impact on fixing their baby’s skin complaint. Other women swear by cutting sugar or dairy out of their diet. It’s widely thought that eating a lot of citrus fruits can be a common cause of acne in a nursing baby’s skin, so if you do like fruit, try cutting out anything too acidic for a while to see if that helps.
- Finally, the most natural way to fight baby acne is to do very little. Stop moisturizing the area that has been affected, only bathe the baby every other day and simply use some cotton wool soaked in water to clean the child. Stop using fabric conditioner and switch to the most natural, chemical free and organic laundry detergent you can find. Sometimes it is as simple as taking away anything that may have unnatural components in it that could be affecting your child’s skin. Given time, you should start to see your baby’s skin clear up on it’s own.
These natural cures for baby acne have helped many moms, and hopefully will help you as well!