How is acne vulgaris characterized in neonates?

Updated: Mar 26, 2019
  • Author: Jaggi Rao, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Acne or acneform lesions, such as in neonatal cephalic pustulosis, may be present in the first few weeks and months of life, when a newborn is still under the influence of maternal hormones and when the androgen-producing portion of the adrenal gland is disproportionately large. [25] This neonatal acne tends to resolve spontaneously. However, some neonates may require therapy (eg, topical retinoids). [25]


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