Baby skincare FAQ’s
Common infant skincare questions and evidence-based responses:
|Infant skin care question||Evidence-based response|
|A mild soap is appropriate to cleanse?||All soaps (except moisturising cleansing bars) can raise skin pH significantly and adversely affect the skin barrier1|
|All wash products are bad?||Certain pH balanced liquid cleansers have been clinically proven to be as safe as water2|
|Baby wipes are harsh for infant skin?||Certain alcohol-free, unperfumed baby wipes have been clinically proven as safe as water3|
|Preservative-free is good?||Preservatives prevent bacterial and fungal growth and ensure product stability|
1) Cork MJ, Danby SG, Vasilopoulos Y et al. Epidermal barrier dysfunction in atopic dermatitis. J Invest Dermatology 2009;129:1892–1908.
2) Lavender T, Bedwell C, Roberts SA, et al. Randomized, controlled trial evaluating a baby wash product on skin barrier function in healthy, term neonates. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs 2013;42(2):203–14
3) Lavender T, Furber C, Campbell M, et al. Effect on skin hydration of using baby wipes to clean the napkin area of newborn babies: assessor-blinded randomised controlled equivalence trial. BMC Pediatrics 2012;12: 59.