Acne can be the cause of emotional distress for people suffering from it. Hormonal changes, individual diet, stress, medical conditions, and certain types of medication can trigger or make acne worse.
What Causes Neonatal Acne?
In contrast, neonatal acne is due mainly to a high rate of sebum excretion. Pathogenic mechanisms like these are considered normal for newborns. It can also be caused by infant or maternal hormones.
Based on a 2014 study, this condition is no longer considered to be rare. It affects 20% of infants younger than six weeks and is more common in boys. Having neonatal acne may also indicate the development of severe acne in adolescence.
In contrast with infantile acne, which happens in infants after six weeks of age, neonatal acne is not as inflammatory. Therefore, this condition does not require the vigorous therapy that infantile acne does.
Neonatal acne is mild; commonly small pimples, bumps or whiteheads will form on the baby’s face, possibly with a surrounding reddish rash. And it will go away on its own, without treatment, in a few weeks.