The ABC’s of Baby Skin Care

Parents are taught what to expect when they are expecting, but when baby arrives, there are new rules to learn. As parents settle into their new role and discover all the beautiful joys of parenthood, nurturing and caring for baby’s skin quickly becomes a top concern.

Newborn and baby skin is very different from adult skin. Their skin, like their immune system, is delicate, thinner and requires extra-special TLC.  In fact, there are many differences between baby’s skin and adult skin.

Untitled-1Many common household products can cause irritation to baby’s sensitive skin. So parents should seek out products that are hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested to be safe and gentle on baby’s skin. Baby’s skin is more sensitive to chemicals, fragrance and dyes and is therefore more prone to skin irritation, dryness, chafing and rashes.


Dry Skin:

It is recommended that new parents look for a mild baby wash with natural ingredients that won’t dry out skin or sting eyes. Soap-free cleansers are also preferred.  It is best to use a cleanser or wash formulated specially for baby’s skin.  Palmer’s® Cocoa Butter Formula® Baby Wash is formulated with Pure Cocoa and Shea Butter and is hypoallergenic, tear-free, dermatologist tested and gentle enough for daily use.


Irritated and Eczema-Prone Skin:

Soothe dry, irritated skin and cradle cap with an emollient cream or oil that will condition and moisturize delicate, irritation-prone skin and scalp.  Often both eczema and diaper rash don’t develop until after the first month or two. Eczema, or dry, irritated skin, can appear as a red, itchy rash and can occur on the body, face and scalp.

Palmer’s® Cocoa Butter Formula® Skin Therapy Baby Oil is mineral oil-free and dermatologist tested for baby’s unique skin care concerns. This multi-purpose baby oil contains Pure Cocoa Butter and natural oils to help soften and soothe baby’s cradle cap and eczema-prone skin all over body and scalp.


Diaper Rash:

Diaper rash is caused by the irritating wetness of a dirty, soiled diaper.  It often develops when baby’s skin is not properly dried after bathing. Both a bacteria and yeast infection can also cause diaper rash. Luckily many forms of diaper rash don’t require a doctor’s visit and can be successfully treated at home.  Some of the best ways to treat and prevent diaper rash include:

  • Check and change diapers often.
  • Clean the diaper area well with a mild, baby wash or cleanser that is gentle enough for daily use, like Palmer’s® Cocoa Butter Formula® Baby Wash.
  • Pat and dry baby well after cleansing.
  • Apply a thick layer of a protective diaper rash cream that contains ingredients that treat and prevent diaper rash like Palmer’s® Cocoa Butter Formula® Bottom Butter® Zinc Oxide Formula.
  • Moisturize baby’s skin well, especially if skin is dry and post-cleansing.


Moisture loss:

Since baby’s skin is thinner and tends to be drier, keeping baby’s skin moisturized, soothed and touched is essential. Moisturizing baby can help strengthen baby’s skin barrier and seal in softness. By using products with natural ingredients like Palmer’s® Cocoa Butter Formula® Baby Butter with Cocoa Butter and Aloe, parents can maintain their little ones’ baby-soft skin.

Palmer’s® Cocoa Butter Formula® baby care products are formulated with Pure Cocoa Butter along with skin soothing natural ingredients to cleanse, soften and care for baby’s sensitive skin.  Cocoa Butter provides a natural protective moisture barrier and helps heal fragile, dry skin, making it the ideal ingredient for softening, smoothing and soothing baby’s delicate skin.


Palmer’s® Cocoa Butter Formula® Baby Wash, 8.5 fl oz. – A sulfate-free, tear-free baby wash with Pure Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter that cleanses and conditions without harsh detergents that can dry sensitive skin. Skin soothing lavender and chamomile calm and relax baby.


Palmer’s® Cocoa Butter Formula® Baby Butter, 8.5 fl oz. – A daily moisturizing lotion that gently softens and soothes baby’s delicate skin.  Palmer’s Cocoa Butter along with skin soothing Aloe Vera help soften and protect fragile, baby skin.


Palmer’s® Cocoa Butter Formula® Bottom Butter® Zinc Oxide Formula, 4.4 oz. – Specifically formulated with 10% Zinc Oxide, the #1 Pediatrician-recommended ingredient for the treatment of diaper rash. Palmer’s creamy formula combines Pure Cocoa Butter, Vitamins A, D, and Pro Vitamin B5 to help soothe sensitive baby’s bottoms along with starch, a natural drying agent.


Palmer’s® Cocoa Butter Formula® Skin Therapy Baby Oil, 5.1 fl oz. – A mild, mineral oil-free baby oil with Pure Cocoa Butter and natural oils that gently moisturizes baby’s delicate skin. Perfect for softening baby’s cradle cap and soothing eczema-prone skin.

Products are hypoallergenic, paraben-free, phthalate-free and dermatologist tested.


Baby Skin Care Differences

  • Baby’s skin is thinner
  • Baby’s skin is more fragile
  • Baby’s skin is less oily than an adult’s skin
  • Baby’s skin produces less melanin
  • Baby’s skin is less resistant to bacteria and harmful substances
  • Baby’s skin sweats less than adult’s
  • Baby’s skin is more susceptible to many skin irritations and rashes including heat rash, baby acne, eczema and cradle cap.

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