Your baby’s skin is amazingly soft – but it’s also vulnerable. “Babies have immature skin. The stratum corneum layer on top is half as thick as an adult’s, and the amount of sebum produced is only one-third that of an adult. Skin becomes dry easily because the ability to store moisture in the skin is weak,” explains Dr Mihoko Yokoyama. A certified specialist of the Japanese Dermatological Association and director of Yokohama Skin Clinic, she has a special interest in sensitive baby skin.
She explains it’s important to look for skincare products that are specifically formulated for babies and toddlers. “Babies and toddlers have a high metabolism and naturally sweat a lot. This means their skin gets itchy easily. This makes them prone to scratching their own skin, leading to an itch-scratch cycle,” explains Dr Yokoyama.