Chichi was born with flawless skin. Then, some time around the 2-3 month mark, she suddenly developed a bad case of baby acne across her forehead and eyebrows. It was like baby puberty.
Apparently, this is a rather common condition due to the change in hormones after a baby’s birth.
The recommended treatment is-no treatment. Supposedly, it will clear up on its own over a couple of weeks or months. But, let’s be honest, this is probably the worst thing a new parent can hear. Who wants their babies to have acne for god knows how long during those precious first few months when we’re likely to take a bazillion photos?
One of the first things I tried was to squirt some breast milk on her forehead and see if it would help (apparently, breast milk is good for just about everything). It did seem to help a bit, but it didn’t work very well. I also noticed her acne would be worse on some days, and not really noticeable on other days. After waiting it out for about 2 weeks, it started to get worse and was having a shiny appearance as if it’s quite oily.
Then, I tried using some baby soap to wash it when it was bath day. I would rub it across her head on bath days, then carefully wash it off without getting it into her eyes. This worked like magic. The acne was almost completely gone by the very next day.
Unfortunately, I don’t bath Chichi everyday. So, I went and bought Cetaphil gentle cleanser. This product is gentle enough for babies, and does not require water to be washed off.
Every night between bath days, I would rub a little bit on her head, then wipe it off with a damp cloth. This seemed to do the trick, and her acne was completely gone.
Over time, I noticed her forehead wouldn’t get as greasy as it would and now I don’t even have to clean it with anything and the acne won’t come back.
Another use I found for the Cetaphil cleanser was neck cheese. You know that white substance that ferments inside the neck folds, and smells like rotting cheese? I would also rub some Cetaphil in there and gently wipe it off in between bath days. It helped to keep her nice and clean. Worked like a charm