Baby Acne

Acne is not uncommon in babies, but it is important in all cases of baby acne that the clinical type of acne should be correctly identified. Most cases of baby acne occurring in the initial months of life are of the infantile clinical type and are not serious, but some cases of baby acne are associated with other clinical acne types, particularly adolescent acne, and have an underlying cause which requires specific treatment.

Definition of Baby Acne

Baby acne refers to the occurrence of acne in a patient during the first year of life. Although this is a short period of time chronologically, in development terms there are enormous differences between a newborn baby and an infant approaching its first birthday.

Causes of Baby Acne

Baby acne is not all of the same clinical type, although one clinical type of acne is responsible for the majority of cases:

Baby Acne - Not all cases of acne in babies are associated with acne of the infantile clinical type

Significance of Acne in Babies

Although baby acne is not uncommon, it is important that the correct clinical type of acne is diagnosed, that underlying medical causes are excluded and that any treatment is medically supervised. The correct course of action is to consult a doctor immediately if a baby develops acne type spots. Infantile acne does not require urgent medical attention, but some of the other conditions which cause acne or acne-like spots in babies are medical emergencies.