This is not merely a problem in teenage, or that it can affect people of any age. But did you know that it could even affect babies? So no matter how bad your problem may be, imagine how much worse it must be for babies who are not even able to make themselves understood.
You would think that nature could be kinder by sparing babies the misery of suffering so much discomfort when they are not even able to communicate. But unfortunately, that is just the way it is. Babies do suffer and there is not much that you or they can do except to put up with it and make them as comfortable as possible.
Why do babies get it? You may be at your wits end when you are faced with a squalling baby and cannot fathom what could possibly be the problem. But once you face up to the fact that your baby is suffering from it, you will feel better if you know a little about it.
It is caused by the transfer of hormones from the mother’s body, through the placenta. These hormones have the effect of stimulating the secretion of oil in the skin. As a result, your baby may develop acne. It usually appears at an age when babies are generally cranky and you can be sure that you will be in for more than a few sleepless nights!
You will find that the skin problem generally appears when your baby is about three or four weeks old. It shows up in the form of bumps on the babies’ cheeks, forehead or chin. Once it has made an appearance, it may be visible off and on until the baby is between four and six months old.
Coping with it
Unfortunately, since this is normal and will simply have to clear up in its own time, there is not very much you can do. The best thing you can do is to keep your skin clean and make sure that he or she is as comfortable as possible. It would help to wash your babies face with water. Using mild soap once daily would also be a good idea.
Watch for milk or saliva dribbling from the baby’s mouth, which could irritate the skin and should be wiped away. You should also take care to avoid using harsh laundry detergents.
The best thing you can do for yourself while you are coping with it is to try and relax. If you are really worried, perhaps you could consult a pediatrician. Remind yourself that your babies acne will clear up in time and will be nothing more than a distant memory in a short while.
This is a passing phase. Instead of fretting, remember that your time with your baby is very precious. It is also a time that will not return so make the most of it while you can. Once it has cleared up, you will probably wonder why it upset you so much. Circumstances may be a little different the next time it’s coming up. By then, you will have a teenager on your hands and a whole new set of problems, as your child advances towards adulthood.
So do try to take it easy and remember that it is much more important to enjoy the time you spend with your baby.
What Are The Causes Of Acne?
This is perhaps the most common of all skin conditions, particularly in young adults and teenagers. While it is usually little more than an embarrassing nuisance, severe cases can result in some of the pimples becoming cystic, which can be quite painful.
What are the causes?
It is typically caused by excess oil production and bacterial infection. While it was once believed that eating certain foods, such as chocolate and greasy French fries, was also a cause, this has been by and large proven to be incorrect. There are a number of over the counter treatments.
Special cleansing agents can be purchased that reduce the amount of facial oil. This may have some beneficial effect on the occurrence, but they can also damage the skin and cause rashes that result from excess dryness. Topical antibacterial creams can sometimes be more effective, as they kill the actual bacteria that cause pimples and blackheads.
More severe cases can be successfully treated using oral antibiotics as well as other oral medications that gradually reduce the production of facial oils.
In addition to medical treatments, there are a number of home cures and remedies that, while never scientifically proven to be effective, are nevertheless commonly used. While some of these might actually be useful, most are a bit dubious.
One common home cure is to combine ground nutmeg with milk and apply to the site for one to two hours.
Another popular is to apply a mixture of honey and cinnamon to the site and let it remain overnight. While this sounds like a nice topping for toast, whether or not it can actually treat or prevent is not one that is likely to be answered.
Home remedies have been around for years, but none have been found to be seriously effective. The best treatment is to consult with your physician to determine which course of treatment would be most effective for your particular situation.