It’s a few days or even the night before your baby’s Brooklyn Newborn Photography session. You have been planning out this session with your photographer for weeks or months and you notice that your baby has developed acne. Oh no what should I do! Should I reschedule his newborn photography session? Please don’t worry. This is completely normal and nothing that I have not dealt with before. In fact, almost all the babies that I have photographed have some form of acne or other skin condition that usually occur a few days after birth. It is not unusual for a baby to have jaundice, blotchy redness all over their bodies, purple feet, baby acne or even scratches from their own nails. We will just go with the flow of what baby comes along with
At around 2 to 5 weeks old you may see small pimples on their face, it usually starts off on the cheeks, forehead, and nose. It can spread to all over the face, neck, and body. Baby acne is common and about 3 in 10 babies get it.
Experts are not exactly sure what causes baby acne, but it could be due to one of the following:
Sorry to say there aren’t any home remedies that will quickly clear up baby acne. You just need to wait for it to go away on its own. Baby acne typically sticks around for about three to four months and then goes away with no scars.
As I mentioned earlier babies can develop various skin conditions during their first few weeks of life. Baby acne looks like red pimples, while milia are tiny white bumps or whiteheads. Both conditions are treated the same keeping it clean with washing and just waiting for it to go away.
There are, however, several other skin rashes or other skin conditions that may show up on your baby. These are usually itchy and uncomfortable for the baby and usually need topical or other treatment to help ease the discomfort or to clear them up.
Diaper rash: This rash is caused by moisture, irritants, and too little air. It appears as red irritated skin in the diaper area.
Infant eczema: The skin will appear dry, flaky, and red, usually starts off in patches around the cheeks, scalp and then spreads to elbows and behind the knees. It can become fluid -filled pimples that pop. This form of skin condition needs to be treated because it can lead to scabbing and oozing.
Cradle cap: This shows up as tiny red bumps smaller than acne and many times is accompanied by yellow, flaky skin that looks like scales. It normally appears on the head, but you might see it on eyebrows or upper body too.
Baby heat rash: This usually occurs when it’s hot outside. You will see clusters of tiny, moist red bumps that look like baby acne on the arms, legs, upper chest and even diaper area.
Now that you know about all these different skin conditions with the most common one being baby acne let me tell you do not need to reschedule your Brooklyn Newborn Photography session. First of once it starts it just stays for up to 3 or 4 months and we all know the small window we have to get these newborn baby portraits done. In some cases, if your baby does seem uncomfortable that day or their skin is red, I totally understand you rescheduling the session to another day when baby is feeling better.
I have worked with babies that have jaundice, dry skin, bruising, acne and eczema. I’ve learned different editing techniques that allow me to remove these blemishes so that your photographs show your baby without these annoying but normal newborn skin conditions. Don’t let these skin imperfections stop you from bringing your baby to their Brooklyn newborn photography session.
Brooklyn newborn photographer specializing in fine art photography for babies and maternity. She also offers family and children photography sessions upon request. Located in Brooklyn, NY the in-home shooting space provides a comfortable setting for you and your family to relax and enjoy your session. She specializes in offering timeless images that will be cherished for a lifetime. Contact to check availability and to schedule your session.