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Neonatal acne is usually self-limiting, and will resolve after 3-6 months of age. Neonatal acne does not scar.
Treatment is usually not necessary except in patients with extensive lesions.
In rare cases where the condition persists beyond 6 months of age, further investigations may be necessary to exclude other medical causes. This will be reviewed and decided by your physician.
Frequent diaper changes or leaving the child out of diapers for short periods of time would be helpful.
Gentle cleansing with tepid or warm water, and a soft cloth. If soap is desired, a mild, fragrance-free soap substitute or bath oil is recommended.
Apply a moisturiser or a barrier cream to the skin before each diaper change.
Ensure the diaper area is air dried completely before putting on the diaper.
If the skin is very inflamed or red, a mild topical steroid will be prescribed.
If candida yeast is suspected, a topical anti-fungal cream may be prescribed.
If secondary bacterial infection is suspected, topical antibiotics or a course of oral antibiotics for 5 to 7 days is prescribed.
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