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Neonatal acne in a 3-week old infant treated with zinc coceth sulfate foam wash

Authors:Mabelle F. Colayco MD


Introduction: Neonatal acne is a common condition affecting 20% of neonates. The condition typically presents with closed comedones, inflammatory papules and pustules, and prominent facial shine. The acne is mild and resolves within 1 to 4 months. In some instances, the condition may need treatment. However, a major consideration in treating neonatal acne is that the majority of clinical trials are conducted in patients ages 12 years or older.

Case Summary: We present a case of a three-week-old baby girl who developed prominent facial shine, comedones, erythematous papules and pustules on the scalp and face. In a span of 1 week, the lesions increased in number. The baby was started on a commercially available zinc coceth

sulfate foam wash. The wash was used daily to cleanse the affected areas of the body.

Conclusion: This case shows that an appropriate cleanser may be a good alternative to standard acne treatments in mild to moderate neonatal acne.




Colayco MF. Neonatal acne in a 3-week old infant treated with zinc coceth sulfate foam wash. J Phil Dermatol Soc 2019, 28(1), 59-61



acne, neonatal acne, pediatric acne, zinc

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