Every pregnant woman is different. Some women already have acne and pregnancy makes it worse, while others experience healthy “glowing” skin.
If you are you pregnant or are trying to get pregnant, there are a couple things you should know about how your skin will be affected:
1. If you already have acne, your skin could either break out more during pregnancy, or simply clear up (hopefully it does!).
2. If you’ve always had clear skin, you could develop acne.
Both the above situations are quite common. In fact, women are prone to acne during pregnancy because of unstable hormone levels. Read the following acne and pregnancy questions to find out why acne occurs, what you can do about it, and
safe medication during pregnancy to use.
If you do start breaking out, or break out worse than before, it’s because of an increasing level of hormones in your body. Androgenic hormones like progesterone stimulate your oil glands to produce more oil, which leads to more acne.
The second reason is because of changes in hydration in your body. If you don’t drink enough water, the hormone secretions will remain undiluted and will not pass through the body as quickly.
Typically during the first three months (first trimester) when hormone levels are fluctuating. However, it is possible to experience breakouts at any time during pregnancy, or after pregnancy.
As your pregnancy progresses, your acne typically improves, possibly because of higher levels of estrogen. After the first trimester, progesterone is produced by the placenta instead of the ovaries.
For some women, their skin can return to normal a couple months after they give birth. For others, however, the breakouts can return after they’ve had their baby because of a sudden decline in the production of estrogen. Sometimes their acne will disappear after a few months, and in other cases, it may not. Everyone is different.
Typically, women develop cysts, pustules and blackheads. Body acne can also develop.
No. There is no correlation between developing acne during pregnancy and your infant having baby acne. Neither is there a correlation between pregnancy acne and children developing acne at later stages in life.
No. You can’t predict it and you can’t prevent it. In most cases, the skin clears up after the first trimester, or after giving birth. In the meantime, there are things you can do to take care of your skin safely.
You should seek a dermatologist’s help before you consider buying any acne treatment, since your acne at this time is due to hormonal changes.
Although you might be desperate about your skin condition, be extra careful at this time about any creams, medications, or treatments. Herbal remedies, although often promoted as natural treatments, may contain ingredients that could affect you. Even over the counter pimple treatments are drugs that should be discussed with your doctor first.
Find out more about various types of treatments during pregnancy:
Here is a list of things you can do to minimize acne flare-ups without causing harm to your baby, and also to maintain your health:
Here are some practical acne prevention tips:
Here is a recommended cleansing routine for pregnant women:
Hopefully the above information can help you understand acne and pregnancy related breakouts, and give you some tips on how to care for your skin. If you find that you are having persistent problems with acne consult with your doctor.
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