We know that becoming a new parent brings its own set of challenges, and one of them can be managing the unexpected appearance of baby acne. These small red or white bumps usually appear on a baby's cheeks, nose, or forehead. It often surfaces in the first few weeks after birth and is primarily caused by exposure to maternal hormones in the womb. Although it might look a little alarming, it's entirely normal and does not cause your baby discomfort.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective at-home remedy for baby acne, breast milk could be the answer. Keep reading to learn how breast milk can help remedy baby acne, learn some other treatments, and do everything else you need to know about baby acne.
The Power of Breast Milk
Breast milk is known to contain a powerhouse of antibodies, and it has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. All these make it an excellent remedy for baby acne. It can help soothe the skin and reduce the redness associated with baby acne. And, the best part? It's completely natural and safe for your baby's sensitive skin!
Applying Breast Milk to Baby Acne
To apply the breast milk, put a small amount on a Q-tip or cotton ball and lightly swab it on your baby’s face. You’ll want to let it air dry, and then carefully clean the breast milk off with warm water. You can repeat these steps a few times throughout the day. This method can help reduce inflammation, and if done frequently, can minimize baby acne breakouts.
Other Remedies and Care Tips for Baby Acne
While breast milk can be a miracle worker for baby acne, it's not the only solution. Gentle skincare routines can also be helpful. Remember to clean your baby's face with water or specific baby-sensitive soaps. You should avoid using harsh soaps or lotions, and never scrub their delicate skin. It's also recommended to steer clear of oily products that can block the pores.
The Duration of Baby Acne
So, how long does baby acne last? In most cases, baby acne clears up on it’s own in a few weeks or months without leaving any marks. However, if it persists beyond this period or seems to worsen, it's best to consult a healthcare professional.
Beyond Baby Acne: Other Uses of Breast Milk
Breast milk has other helpful uses, beyond feeding and treating baby acne. A few drops might help soothe the following conditions:
- Cradle cap
- Diaper rash
- Teething pain
This whole parenthood journey can sometimes feel like you're navigating a maze blindfolded, but don't worry! Whether you're struggling with shield sizes, poor milk output, or facing a sudden bout of baby acne, remember, you're not alone. There's a whole community here to help, so don't hesitate to reach out, or join other parents in our Pumpables Facebook Community.