Common infant skincare questions and evidence-based responses:
|Infant skin care question||Evidence-based response|
|Water is good?||Water can be an irritant to the skin1|
|A mild soap is appropriate to cleanse?||All soaps (except moisturising cleansing bars) can raise skin pH significantly and adversely affect the skin barrier2|
|All wash products are bad?||Certain pH balanced liquid cleansers have been clinically proven to be as safe as water3|
|Baby wipes are harsh for infant skin?||Certain alcohol-free, unperfumed baby wipes have been clinically proven as safe as water4|
|Olive oil is appropriate for massage?||Olive oil can damage the skin barrier5|
|Preservative-free is good?||Preservatives prevent bacterial and fungal growth and ensure product stability|
1) Tsai, T.F. Maibach HI, How irritant is water? An overview. Contact Dermatitis 1999;41(6):311-14.
2) Cork MJ, Danby SG, Vasilopoulos Y et al. Epidermal barrier dysfunction in atopic dermatitis. J Invest Dermatology 2009;129:1892–1908.
3) 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
4) 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.
5) Danby SG, AlEnezi T, Sultan A, et al. Effect of Olive and Sunflower Seed Oil on the Adult Skin Barrier: Implications for Neonatal Skin Care. Pediatric Dermatology 2012;1–9.