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The top layer of a newborn's skin flakes off shortly after birth. You might notice dry, peeling skin for the first few weeks.

Your newborn's skin might also be covered by fine, downy hair at birth — known as lanugo — especially on the back and shoulders. Lanugo is most common in premature babies. It typically wears off within several weeks.

In addition, you might notice white bumps on your newborn's face that look like tiny pimples. These harmless spots, known as milia, typically disappear on their own within a few weeks.

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