Acne is surprisingly common amount newly-born babies. This is known as neonatal acne, or Acne neonatorum, Acne infantum, or "Neonatal cephalic pustulosis".
Neonatal acne is most frequently seen on the nose (including nasal bridge), and the portions of the cheeks adjacent to the nose, although sometimes other parts of the face may be affected, such as the forehead. The period when it affects babies is usually between the ages of about 2 weeks and 3 months.
A doctor should of course be consulted, but in most cases treatment is not needed, as the condition usually peaks at around 2 months and then gradually clears-up by itself. Occasionally however, doctors may recommend a gel or ointment.
The cause of neonatal acne is not really known, but one possibility is that it is due to infant's sensitivity to maternal hormones.
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