Who doesn’t love to show off pictures of their baby to friends and family? With social media booming, you now have the chance to share cute pictures of your baby with the world. However, sometimes there is one inconvenient impediment to this – acne.
Baby acne is a worry every mother faces. Baby acne heals naturally, but no parent loves to see red spots and bumps on their little one’s skin. Using chemical-based substances can be detrimental to your baby’s health since their skin is sensitive; which is why care must be exercised. Read on below to learn more about popular baby acne home remedies and how you can treat it naturally.
How to Get Rid of Baby Acne Naturally?
Baby acne is known as neonatal acne in medical circles. This type of acne is completely normal in babies and occurs in babies who are about two months old. Normally, it subsides on its own with time, but if you want to treat your little one naturally, you can try opting for home remedies. Home remedies are ideal for sensitive skin and do not harm your baby, unlike topical medications and OTC drugs. Plus, they’re cheap and readily available too, which makes them more advantageous.
Here are 10 of the best natural remedies for baby acne which you can try today.
1. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Unrefined organic coconut oil or extra virgin coconut oil soothes and moisturizes your baby’s skin. By simply applying a few drops and gently adding it to the affected areas up to four times a day, the acne clears up. Coconut oil is completely natural and is perfect for rashes too.
Cornstarch is one of the best baby acne remedies; simply because you can find it in your kitchen and in every grocery store around you. Just mix it with water and apply it to the affected areas to notice a difference. It dries the skin naturally and cures acne like a charm!
3. Breast Milk
Breast milk is the ultimate natural elixir for baby acne and diaper rashes. Let’s not also forget the nourishment it provides to your little one. Take some breast milk and soak a cotton ball in it. Dab the cotton ball gently on the affected areas to heal acne.
Vinegar kills skin bacterium and soaks up unwanted oils and dirt from the skin. Avoid using concentrated vinegar, since it burns the baby’s skin. Dilute 1 part vinegar with 10 parts water. Dip some cotton into the mixture. Now gently dab on the affected areas. If you’re not sure how your baby reacts to vinegar, try applying it on another part of the body instead of the face (like the inner wrist that’s affected by acne) and see whether that area turns red or gets inflamed, just to be safe. Avoid applying, if that is the case.
5. Honey and Lemon
Honey and lemon naturally clean and nourish the skin, and work best for even the most delicate skin types. Mix honey and lemon in equal proportions and apply it to the affected area for healing acne naturally. Leave it for about 25 minutes and rinse with warm water to complete the treatment.
If you’re a nursing mother and you’d like to prevent your little one from going through the discomfort of facing acne, then the best way to do so is to change your diet. Stop eating foods that are sweet or sour and avoid or cut down on your intake of dairy products. Eliminate oily foods and aim for foods like kimchi, kefir, and miso. Avoid citrus fruits as well.
7. Washing Clothes with Organic Detergents
Make sure to clean your baby’s clothes with organic and chemical-free detergents. Sometimes chemicals from substances seep into the clothes and worsen acne or cause breakouts. The best way to prevent that is by using natural and chemical-free detergents. Check out the clothing material you’re using for your baby as well and cross-check with the manufacturer or retailer before letting your baby wear that.
8. Sandalwood Paste
Sandalwood paste is suited for treating tiny acne spots on the skin. Just mix a dab of sandalwood paste with double its proportion of mustard oil and apply it gently on acne-prone areas. It is known for its cooling effects and anti-inflammatory properties, thus treating acne naturally.
Oatmeal is a an unconventional, yet effective cure for acne and pimples. However, it is not suited for areas under the eyes. If there’s acne on your baby’s body, arms or legs, then oatmeal will work best. Take 1/3 cup of oatmeal and put it in a blender until it turns into a fine powder. Mix this powder with lukewarm water and let your child soak in the bathtub solution for about 8-10 minutes. Avoid rinsing and gently pat your child dry with a soft towel. Oatmeal causes irritation in babies’ eyes, which is why we recommend not applying it to the face.
10. Talcum Powder
Talcum powder is popular for treating baby acne and diaper rashes due to its cooling effect and because it helps in maintaining dry skin without clogging the pores. Double check the label to confirm whether the drying ingredient in the powder is talc or cornstarch. Sprinkle a little bit of talcum powder onto the palm of your hand, and rub it gently on your baby’s acne-affected face. Use your fingertips for best results. Make sure your baby doesn’t inhale the powder since that’s harmful.
Precautions and Tips to Keep in Mind
Here are few precautions and tips to keep in mind to prevent baby acne from worsening or eliminating it from the first place-
- Avoid using chemical-laden detergents and cleaning agents. Aim for organic cleansers and detergents which are not harmful to sensitive skin. Homemade alcohol-free baby wipes are recommended.
- Avoid overdressing your young one. Overdressing traps the heat and worsens acne by causing sweat to build up.
- Do not give oily foods to your baby or eat junk food yourself.
- Never apply topical ointments or over-the-counter medications on your baby, since their skin is very sensitive at this stage.
- Acne may return when your baby turns six to eight months old. Be sure to treat it naturally with the above home remedies, since acne outbursts are considered normal for ages two months and above.
- Do not let your baby touch his acne-affected areas. No rubbing, poking, dabbing or scratching those pimples and red bumps. Cover your baby’s hands to prevent them from doing so.
- If pimples turn to pus and that leads to infection, consult a paediatrician on what to do next.
- Bathe your baby with plain lukewarm water only. Avoid using soaps and shampoos.
- Be sure to wipe your baby’s face with a clean cloth dipped in warm water, after every meal.
- Do not use lotions or creams since they worsen the acne.
- Dry your baby’s face with a soapy washcloth using circular motions. Avoid scrubbing since it aggravates the skin.
- Wash your baby’s face every day. Use warm water and a mild, preferably organic, moisturizer.
Your baby need not go through too much discomfort when it comes to acne outbursts, as they are completely normal. You can try out the above home remedies for a nice fix or let them go away on their own. Remember to be patient since it takes a little while for those acne bumps to disappear.
If you try out the above remedies, be sure to do them on a daily basis so that your little one keeps smiling and is always ready for that next Instagram click.