Which newborn baby is most prone to acne?
NEW YORK — Newborn babies who have sensitive skin are more likely to have a type of skin disease called nodulocytic acne, according to a study published Tuesday.
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, looked at more than 8,000 newborn babies born between April 2013 and January 2016 in New York City.
New moms who have acne had a 44 percent increased risk of developing the skin disease, according the study.
While a few people with acne appear to have other skin conditions, the risk of acne is elevated among the youngest children, according Toal, a dermatologist at the New York University Langone Medical Center.
“We found that newborns with acne had elevated risk for developing nodulolytic acne.
This is significant because many newborns are developing a skin disease in the first two years of life,” Toal said in a statement.
Researchers also found that babies with acne have a higher risk of having other skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne scars.
More than half of all newborns were given antibiotics to fight acne and other skin disorders.
According to Toal and his colleagues, the increased risk for newborns was largely due to the fact that the condition was not understood at birth, leading to the birth of babies with other skin diseases, such as psorosis.
There are other factors that may contribute to newborn acne, Toal told ABC News.
One possible factor is the stress that newborn babies experience during the first six weeks of life.
And newborns who are prone to other skin infections such as cystic fibrosis and skin cancer also have increased risk, Toala said.
Toal said the study provides a strong indication that newborn acne is linked to other conditions in the future.
But the study did not determine if other conditions, such heart problems, are a cause of newborn acne.
A spokeswoman for the National Institutes of Health said the research has been ongoing and would not comment further.
ABC News’ Stephanie Kohn contributed to this report.