5 Natural Home Remedies for Baby Acne

Did you know that, although it can look scary or worrisome, baby acne is one of the most common skin conditions babies have? You’ll notice it by the tiny red bumps that resemble a rash, usually on baby’s face and neck.

Fortunately, it’s completely harmless. Baby acne usually goes away on its own after a few days or weeks, but you can help it along with these five natural home remedies for baby acne.

Coconut Oil

Coconut has moisturizing and healing properties and can be used in a variety of ways on babies. Acne is caused by overactive oil glands that become infected, leading to the red bumps on baby’s face.

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is an anti-microbial saturated fat that is used to treat common infections, like the flu and fever blisters. When applied to baby’s acne, it can help clear the infection from oil glands and lead to a clear baby face.

Look for a high-quality coconut oil. The most natural kinds of coconut oil are those labeled “virgin” or “unrefined”, cold-pressed, and packaged in a glass jar to keep nutrients intact.  

You can apply a few drops of coconut oil to a cotton ball and apply to your baby’s acne a few times per day. The oil will help moisturize the skin as it clears infection.

Breast Milk

There is a reason moms create breast milk: it’s healthy for baby! And it’s healthy in so many ways, from building the immune system, to aiding in digestion, to clearing up acne on baby’s skin.

Breast milk contains lauric acid, just like coconut oil. Therefore, it acts in much the same way as coconut oil to treat baby acne. Breast milk also contains antibodies that prevent more germs from growing where it’s cleaning up the infection

It can also acts as a gentle moisturizer to leave baby’s skin soft and smooth as it heals. Rinse off your baby’s face with water and, using a washcloth or cotton ball, apply several drops of breast milk to the affected area. Allow the breast milk to air dry without wiping it off.

You can also regularly clean baby’s face in the same way, but gently rinse the breast milk off after a few minutes.  


Aside from being one of the most-used foods for medicinal purposes, oats have incredible healing properties when used on skin. You’ve probably noticed the addition of oatmeal to everything from lotions to shampoo and conditioner in recent years. But it’s not a fad; there really is something to oats that helps skin.

Oats contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory acids called avenanthramides. These acids are what keep inflammation from acne at bay while the antioxidant components go to work on the infection.

You can place some rolled oats in the end of an unused pantyhose leg and run it under water for several minutes to create a natural oatmeal moisturizer. Gently rub along baby’s acne and then pat dry.

Corn Starch

A natural corn starch has several uses in cooking, but did you know that it also has health benefits? When it comes to baby acne, corn starch can help absorb the excess oil that causes the acne and irritates baby’s skin.

Many parents swear by corn starch as the go-to remedy for diaper rash, and that’s because of its drying properties. Plus, it leaves baby’s skin super smooth as it heals.

A small amount of corn starch mixed with some water will create a paste to place on baby’s affected areas. Let the mixture sit for about an hour, and then use a washcloth with some water to gently wipe it off.  

Stop Treating It

One of the most natural ways to treat baby acne is…to stop treating it. It’s one of those things that probably bothers you more than it bothers your baby. If it does seem like it’s getting worse or irritating baby, you should check with your pediatrician. Otherwise, let it be and allow it to heal on its own.

In the meantime, you can switch to a natural laundry detergent and natural baby shampoo to prevent further irritation to baby’s skin. Remember to also keep her skin as dry as possible after bathing.


Baby acne can make baby’s beautiful face look more worrisome than it is. In rare cases, flare ups will need medical treatment. But most of the time, baby acne goes away on its own.

You can help soothe baby’s skin and clear up acne faster by using coconut oil, breast milk, oats, or corn starch on the affected areas for a couple of days. Or, you can stop treating it and allow it to clear up on its own.

If you have any other suggestions to safely, and naturally, clear up your baby’s acne, or have questions or comments on our suggestions, please leave us a comment!







Kate Trout

Hi there, I'm Kate! I started Maternity Glow to be a place to learn all about practical parenting tips, baby care tricks, and healthy-living hacks for new and expecting moms.

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