Neonatal acne

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An infant with neotanal acne on the face, especially the forehead

Neonatal acne (also known as "Acne infantum," "Acne neonatorum",[1] and "Neonatal cephalic pustulosis"[2] (not to be confused with "Benign cephalic histiocytosis")) is an acneiform eruption that occurs in newborns or infants, and is often seen on the nose and adjacent portions of the cheeks.[3]

The main cause of this condition is not known, but it could be due to the increased sensitivity of the infant's sebaceous glands to maternal hormones during pregnancy which also leads to a variety of skin conditions in the newborn.Typically, it peaks at around 2 months and rarely needs treatment. Sometimes gels or ointments are given.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Holm EA, Jemec GB (December 2000). "[Acne neonatorum/acne infantum]". Ugeskr. Laeg. (in Danish) 162 (50): 6856–7. PMID 11187144. 
  2. ^ Rapini, Ronald P.; Bolognia, Jean L.; Jorizzo, Joseph L. (2007). Dermatology: 2-Volume Set. St. Louis: Mosby. ISBN 1-4160-2999-0. [page needed]
  3. ^ Freedberg, Irwin M.; Eisen, Arthur Z.; Wolff, Klauss; Austen, K. Frank; Goldsmith, Lowell A.; Katz, Stephen, eds. (2003). Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill. p. 648. ISBN 978-0-07-138076-8. 

Further reading[edit]

  • O'Connor NR, McLaughlin MR, Ham P (January 2008). "Newborn skin: Part I. Common rashes". Am Fam Physician 77 (1): 47–52. PMID 18236822.