WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A video of a mom treating her baby’s acne with breastmilk is trending on TikTok.
- The video has spurred a discussion on baby acne and how it should be treated.
- According to Healthline, breastmilk contains antibacterial properties.
A video of a mom treating her baby’s acne with breastmilk has gained 4 million views on TikTok.
The TikTok video that Linh Ta uploaded on the weekend shows her son wearing a sheet mask over his face.
“When your baby has acne so you make a breastmilk face mask for him,” the mom captioned the video.
In the video, Linh Ta dips a face mask into a container of breastmilk and puts it on her sleeping son’s face. She also uploaded a photo of him without the mask to show the acne bumps on his face.
Linh Ta revealed that she’s a first-time mom, and that she made the mask to have a little fun.
Many TikTok users loved the mask, and several were curious where she got a small blank face mask without a scent. Linh Ta explained that she cut down a dry wipe she got from the hospital so it fits her baby’s face.
Linh Ta’s video spurred a discussion about acne in babies, with many mothers swearing by breast milk as treatment.
According to Healthline, about 20% of infants 0-6 weeks old get acne. The site says the cause of baby acne is unknown, but some are saying that the mother’s hormones are a factor for the onset of baby acne. Others say it’s caused by clogged pores or even yeast on the baby’s skin.
There are several ways to calm a baby’s flare-up, and one is to bathe the baby using warm water and mild baby soap.
Healthline says there is no scientific evidence supporting the claim that breast milk can treat baby acne, but it does say that breast milk has antimicrobial properties that could fight bacteria. If a baby’s breakout is caused by bacteria, then treating it with breastmilk could help, according to the health site. It also recommends breast milk for treating ear infections, eczema, and teething pain.
Linh Ta shared a follow-up video to say that the face mask has reduced the redness on her son’s face.
She also posted another video to respond to commenters debating over the baby’s acne and how she treated it: “This momma knows it’s not real acne … it’s just a way to describe the bumps. It’s very common in newborns and we know it will go away on its own.” She also reiterated that she made the mask for fun.