Neonatal acne

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Neonatal acne
Other namesAcne infantum, Acne neonatorum,[1] and Neonatal cephalic pustulosis[2]
Neonatal acne on the forehead of an infant, 2009-10-18.jpg
An infant with neonatal acne on the face, especially the forehead

Neonatal acne (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.[medical citation needed] Typically, it peaks at around 2 months and rarely needs treatment. Sometimes gels or ointments are given.[4]

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  1. ^ Holm EA, Jemec GB (December 2000). "[Acne neonatorum/acne infantum]". Ugeskrift for Læger (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 978-1-4160-2999-1.[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.
  4. ^ "Hormonal effects in newborns: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2018-11-20.

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