Being pregnant can be a joyful and exciting time. It can also be a time filled with anxiety, stress and crazy shifts in your hormone levels. If you are pregnant for the first time, you will likely be dealing with some unexpected “side effects” of these hormonal changes, such as acne. It’s not unusual for women to experience adolescent like acne breakouts during the first and second trimester of pregnancy.
Even if you have never had skin issues in the past, the changing hormone levels in your body can cause you to break out. Pregnancy can already be an uncomfortable condition, so adding acne to the situation can be annoying and even embarrassing.
As an expectant mother, you want to do what is best for you and your child, so considering acne treatments and the effects that they can have on your body is something you should consult a professional about. The experts at a Dermmedica clinic can help you to design a safe and effective skin care treatment to help battle your pregnancy acne.
Nearly everything that you put on or in your body during pregnancy can be transmitted to your unborn child, so special considerations should always be made. Some acne medications are known to be harmful to your child, so always get professional advice before you start any type of treatment.
You should avoid any products that contain Isotretinoin or Tetracyclines as they can affect the bone growth of your child. Adapalene, Tazorac and Retin-A have also been known to cause birth defects. Before you start taking any medications for your acne, inform your doctor that you are pregnant and go over the risks.
Acceptable Medicinal Treatments
There are several topical creams on the market that are proven to be safe for use by expectant mothers. Products containing Erythromycin, Azelaic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide can be effective in treating acne breakouts while remaining safe to use while you are pregnant. Again, no matter what acne solution you choose, if you are pregnant, it is in your best interest to discuss your options with a doctor before you start using any kind of product.
Natural Treatment Options
Although pregnancy acne can be annoying, it won’t last forever. It is more common for acne breakouts to happen in the first trimester of your pregnancy than any other time. In most cases, acne will start to clear up once you are further into your term. If you are concerned about taking an oral or topical medication, there are plenty of things that you can still do to help battle your breakouts.
- Limit washing your face to twice a day and avoid harsh soaps that can dry out your skin
- Use gentle, oil free and alcohol free cleansers only
- Rinse face with lukewarm water and pat dry; do not rub vigorously
- Change your pillowcases frequently as they can hold oils and dirt that can cause breakouts
- Try using earbuds instead of holding your phone to your face
- Don’t squeeze or pick spots if you can help it
Sometimes your skin will break out after the birth, so be prepared in case that happens, but remember, it will get better eventually.
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