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How to Get Rid of Milia and Baby Acne
How to Hide Milia for Baby's First Photos
I'm a newborn hospital photographer and one of the common questions I get is how to get rid of milia (or the newborn pimples or acne that many babies have). Many mom's want perfect pictures of their bundle of joy and want to hide milia in baby's first photos. This page will tell you how to treat milia, and also how to disguise it or hide it for baby's first photo shoot!
Don't wait for milia to clear up before getting baby's pictures made! Hide or retouch!
How to Treat Milia
The Best Treatment is No Treatment
Many new parents are surprised, but the best treatment for baby's milia is not to use medication but to let it clear up on its own. It should clear up on its own in a few weeks. If it stays longer, consult your pediatrician. To speed up a clear up, wash baby's milia with warm water several times a day and pat it try. Also, try not to touch baby's milia.
Don't use lotion or oil on baby's milia.
Don't try to pop or pinch baby's milia.
Don't scrub baby's milia either.
All of these things can further irritate or infect baby's milia (causing worse complexion issues).
Hiding Milia for Baby Photos
How to Disguise Milia Before Photos are Taken
Parents are excited to send out birth announcements and get pictures taken. Waiting for milia to disappear on its own before getting pictures taken is not a good solution! You'll miss out of several weeks of growth, plus there are plenty of work arounds.
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Retouching Milia, Baby Acne and other Imperfections
Photogarphers Can Retouch After Photos are Taken
Most professional photographers offer photo retouching services where complexions can be evened out after the photos are taken. This usually isn't very expensive, and you can't tell that milia or baby acne has been removed from pictures (unless you just knew the newborn well enough to remember every imperfection on their face).
What is Milia and Baby Acne?
Milia happens when dead skin cells become trapped in small pockets near the surface of a newborn's skin. Baby acne is caused by hormonal changes at birth that stimulate oil glands in the skin. Milia affect boys and girls equally (about 20% of newborns), but baby acne is more common in boys.