Acne During Pregnancy

Acne during pregnancy

Acne is common during pregnancy.  The pregnant body goes through so many changes due to hormones is normal to experience skin changes. Some lucky women get the pregnancy glow while others might develop multiple acne skin problems. 

 The pregnancy glow is what most women look forward, having radiant flawless glow. However, many women do not experience the glow instead they might have itchy skin, red, and break outs.

Is Acne A Sign Of Pregnancy?

Acne is not a sign of pregnancy since it normally does not appear during the 4th to 5th week of pregnancy.  Nevertheless, acne can appear during your pregnancy at any given moment during your pregnancy.  This is why is not consider an early sign but  its a common symptoms during pregnancy.

Why Does Pregnancy Cause Acne?

The cause of acne during pregnancy is caused by a production of oily skin called sebum. During pregnancy the higher levels of hormones called androgens are responsible for pregnancy breakouts.

The androgens cause the sebaceous glands in your skin to get bigger cause an increase of oily substance.  The increase oil productions causes acne during pregnancy.

How To Prevent Acne During Pregnancy?

Acne during pregnancy affects every woman differently.  Some women experience mild, moderate, or even severe acne during pregnancy. 

Here are some common tips to help or prevent from future breakouts during your pregnancy:

  • On a daily basis wash gently with a mild soap
  • Pat your skin dry, no rubbing
  • When using moisturize, make sure it’s oily free since your body is already producing tons of oil.
  • Drink lots of water to keep the skin hydrated
  • Avoid greasy foods
  • Use oil free makeup
  • Wash your hair regularly if it’s oily
  • Follow a healthy balance diet
  • Avoid fast food
  • Tie your hair back when sleeping to avoid oil from your hair to add additional oil to your face
  • Regularly wash your towels, bedsheets, and pillow cases
  • Hydrate your skin

Are Regular Acne Treatments And Products Safe During Pregnancy?

There are certain acne medications that are safe during pregnancy. We highly recommend speaking with your doctor before using any medications.

Acne Medications During Pregnancy

The safe acne medications to use are the following:

  • Clindamycin
  • Azelaic acid
  • Erythromycin
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Oral Tetracyclines
  • Accultane

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