Baby Acne and Bungang Araw 101: A Guide to Newborn Acne and Skin Rashes

As a parent, seeing your baby’s delicate skin affected by rashes or baby acne can be concerning. Baby skin rashes (bungang araw) and baby acne are common issues that many newborns face, and learning how to manage them can make a big difference in your baby’s comfort.

In this guide, we’ll explore the causes, symptoms, and differences between these skin conditions, along with practical tips for treating them at home. By the end, you’ll feel confident in caring for your little one’s skin, helping it stay healthy and smooth.

What Is Baby Acne?

Baby acne, also known as neonatal acne, is a common and typically temporary skin condition that affects around 20% of newborns.

Causes of Baby Acne

The exact cause of baby acne is still unclear. Some experts suggest that it may be linked to maternal hormones.

Symptoms of Baby Acne

Understanding and recognizing the symptoms is the first step in effective baby skincare. Baby acne typically presents as:

  • Red bumps or pimples
  • White pustules or whiteheads
  • Red, irritated skin surrounding the bumps

These symptoms can be more noticeable if your baby is crying or fussing. Baby acne may appear on the face, and sometimes on the upper back or neck.

Baby acne differs from infantile acne, which can last until the age of 2 and may include blackheads, cysts, or nodules, potentially leading to scars if left untreated.

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What Are Baby Rashes?

Baby skin rashes can vary depending on the cause, with bungang araw being one of the most common types in the Philippines. Bungang araw, or prickly heat, is a common skin condition, especially in hot and humid climates. It manifests as tiny, reddish, raised spots and is most often seen around the neck, armpits, or groin—areas where the skin rubs against itself.

Causes of Baby Rashes

Baby skin rashes can be triggered by numerous factors, including:

  • Heat and Sweat. High temperatures can cause heat rashes, such as bungang araw.
  • Allergic Reactions. New foods, fabrics, or detergents can trigger allergic rashes.
  • Irritants. Prolonged contact with wet diapers or drool can lead to rashes like diaper rash or drool rash.
  • Infections. Viral or bacterial infections can also cause rashes.

In the case of bungang araw, the cause is usually blocked sweat glands. When sweat is trapped under the skin, it can lead to irritation and the formation of tiny bumps. Heat, humidity, dirt, and bacteria can also cause sweat glands to clog.

Symptoms of Baby Rashes

  • Tiny, reddish or colorless bumps or dots
  • Blisters filled with fluid
  • Peeling or dry patches
  • Itching or irritation, causing fussiness or crying

Bungang araw is not usually itchy but can cause a prickly sensation, making it uncomfortable for your baby.

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Baby Acne vs. Baby Skin Rashes: How to Tell the Difference

Distinguishing between baby acne and rashes can be challenging, but here are some signs you can look out for:

Baby Acne

  • Appears 2 to 4 weeks after birth
  • Tiny red or white bumps, mostly on the face and neck
  • Bumps are clustered together

Baby Rashes

  • Varies in appearance based on the cause
  • Red or pink patches, welts, or bumps
  • Can appear on different body parts, including the diaper area

If you want to be sure if it’s acne or rashes, it’s best to consult a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Addressing these symptoms early can make a significant difference in your baby’s skin health.

Treatment for Baby Acne and Rashes

When it comes to skincare, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, especially when it comes to babies. With so many products on the market, it can be overwhelming to try and figure out what is best for your little one. The good news is that there are a few things to keep in mind and help narrow down your choices.

In general, avoid products that contain harmful ingredients. These can be drying and irritating to sensitive skin. Instead, look for products that are made with natural and gentle ingredients and are safe for your baby.

Here’s a list of common ingredients in baby skincare products to avoid:

  • Sulfates
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Fragrances
  • Oxybenzone
  • Dyes
  • Harsh chemicals
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Baby Acne Treatments

Baby acne often clears up on its own without treatment, but choosing the right products and maintaining good hygiene is essential for keeping your baby’s skin healthy.

  • Wash Your Baby Regularly. Clean your baby’s face daily with warm water.
  • Touch Your Baby Gently. Avoid scrubbing or pinching irritated areas to prevent further irritation.

When it comes to soap, look for products that are hypoallergenic and free of fragrances, dyes, and other harsh chemicals. These bathtime products will be gentle on your baby’s skin and will not strip away the natural oils that protect your baby from the elements.

For instance, moringa soap provides multiple antioxidant properties as it gently cleanses dry and sensitive skin—which makes it just right for your precious one. Moringa-O2’s herbal moisturizing soap offers natural care without harsh chemicals, ensuring your baby’s skin stays healthy and protected.

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Baby Rashes Treatments

Bungang araw is generally harmless and tends to go away by itself, but there are baby skincare products to help ease the symptoms and give your baby quicker relief.

  • Stay Cool and Comfortable. Keep your baby in a cool, shaded, and well-ventilated area. Opt for loose, breathable clothing, preferably cotton, to prevent sweating and allow the skin to breathe. Cotton is hypoallergenic and helps control moisture, providing comfort.
  • Apply Cold Compress. To ease the prickly sensation of heat rashes, apply a cold compress. Wrap a few ice cubes in a cloth and place it on the affected area for several minutes every 4-6 hours. Alternatively, a cold shower or bath can also provide relief.
  • Use Aloe Vera. Keeping your baby’s skin hydrated is key to preventing dryness, eczema, and other skin conditions. For example, aloe vera is known for its cooling and soothing properties, making it a great remedy for prickly heat. Apply fresh aloe vera gel on the affected areas, let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with cold water.
  • Choose the Right Lotion.  Look for baby skincare products designed for sensitive skin and free of harsh chemicals. An herbal hypoallergenic lotion, for example, can provide your baby’s skin with the nourishing benefits of moringa oil and shea butter. Our moringa lotion is also dermatologist-tested, proving that it sits well in all skin types while also offering UVA/UVB protection.
  • Use Herbal Therapy Oil. In hot climates like the Philippines, it’s good to have an herbal therapy oil on hand. Moringa-O2’s Hair, Scalp, and Skin Therapy Oil is made with natural ingredients like moringa oil and herbal actives, which are known for their healing properties. As our recommended product for bungang araw or prickly heat, it can provide immediate relief and help keep your baby’s skin protected.

An added bonus of using Moringa-O2 products is that they cater to both you and your baby’s needs. These products are perfect for sensitive skin and also provide excellent care for adults experiencing hair fall and thinning hair. This means you can share these products with your baby, maximizing your purchase and enjoying the benefits together.

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When to Consult a Doctor

While baby acne and skin rashes are often harmless and resolve on their own, it’s important to consult a doctor if symptoms worsen. If the rash or acne does not improve with home treatment, appears infected, or causes significant discomfort, it might indicate an underlying condition that needs medical attention.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, seek medical advice promptly:

  • Fever
  • Severe pain around the rashes
  • Open wounds
  • Red streaks on the skin
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Blackheads, pus-filled bumps, or inflammation

Complete Baby Care with Moringa-O2

Taking care of your baby’s skin means knowing how to deal with concerns like baby acne and rashes, all while keeping their hair, scalp, and skin healthy in mind. With the right approach, you can make sure your little one is healthy and happy.

If you’re looking for safe and gentle products that won’t break the bank, be sure to check out our soap and other baby products in the Philippines for sensitive skin. Explore Moringa-O2’s range of products for a holistic solution that nurtures, protects, and cares for both you and your baby!

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