Acne can affect newborns and teenagers alike. Neonatal acne (benign cephalic pustulosis) is relatively common and usually begins between 2-6 weeks of age. Newborns typically have many small red pustules on the cheeks, chin and forehead. It is thought to occur from an overgrowth of a normal yeast that lives on the skin called Malassezia. Neonatal acne generally does not need treatment and typically resolves by about three months.
Infantile acne is different and typically begins between 3-6 months of age. It looks more like regular acne with white heads, black heads, and even cystic bumps. This form of acne can cause scarring, so it is important to seek treatment.
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