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Newborn baby acne (frequently referred to as “milk spots“) is a very common, but sometimes distressing, condition that often occurs in the early weeks of your newborn’s life. The medical term to describe this condition is “neonatal cephalic pustulosis” and the hallmark appearance is clusters of tiny pustules (white/yellowy bumps) usually appearing over the face/scalp.

The good news is that it is usually temporary and clears up on its own quickly!

Why do milk spots occur?

It is thought to be due to overgrowth of the yeast, Malassezia, which is a naturally occurring yeast, commonly present on normal skin and is not dangerous. It is the same yeast that causes other common skin disorders such as seborrhoeic dermatitis.

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