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Baby Skin Care Tips

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

Your baby’s skin is so smooth and soft that you can’t help kissing and touching it. However, keeping it that way is not an easy task. Unlike many other organs, the skin needs almost 9 months to develop properly inside the womb. Most babies have a few infant acnes – the result of maternal hormones. Taking care of that young and sensitive skin takes time and effort.

What to do with infant acne?

You do not have to do anything about infant acne. The best you can do is keeping it dry and clean and refrain yourself from the urge to pop the pimples because it could leave your baby with long-lasting scars. The pimples should go away on their own. However, if the problem persists or seems to get worse with itching and discomfort, you should ask your doctor for advice since it may be another skin condition such as eczema.

Are products designed for babies really safe?

Not necessarily. Many skin and hair care products labeled as “for babies” contains many irritants. While some babies can use those products just fine, others may develop skin irritation. Moreover, additives like parabens and phthalates – dibutyl phthalate (DBP), dimethylphthalate (DMP) and diethyl phthalate (DEP) are a cause for concern. Scientific evidence suggests that exposure to those substances may have a negative impact on the human body’s hormone levels, resulting in developmental problems. Although the studies on this are still limited as most were conducted on animals, there is no evidence proving their safety either.

How to choose products for babies?

If you want to stay away from those potentially harmful substances, here are some tips for you:

−Stick to the basics. Your baby does not need tons of soaps and shampoos. Plain soap and water are probably enough. Also, young babies do not need to be bathed too often. 2 or 3 times per week is fine. If you bathe your baby too often, you may risk drying out their skin.
−Look for natural ingredients. It’s advisable to use products based on vegetable oils. Even though not all natural ingredients are safe for sensitive skin – some can still cause allergic reactions, at least, it’s a safer choice for your baby’s skin.
−Simple is the best. If a product’s ingredient list is too long and you can’t pronounce most substances, you may be better off with a simpler product. Using products with fewer ingredients can help reduce your baby’s exposure to harmful substances.

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