Acne Caused by Pregnancy
Unfortunately, pregnancy can bring upon acne breakouts.
So you are having a baby? Congratulations!
But what’s this? Every morning you wake up, look at yourself in the mirror, you notice a new pimple on what used to be perfectly clear skin. Now you are not only worried about clearing up these pimples, you are also worried about the possibility of acne scarring. Your first thought is “how do I get rid of these zits”!
You thought you had left the memories of acne behind. As a teenager, it was no fun dealing with acne. Now, with everything involved in preparing for the new baby, you also have to deal with acne again also. Around 50% of adult women experience adult acne at some point in their lives. Acne in pregnant women is very common, and perfectly normal. Women who already have acne may see their acne worsen during pregnancy. It also is a possibility that the pregnancy will clear up pre-existing acne. It is simply a fact that pregnancy can bring about acne breakouts.
Typically, the most common time for the worst acne breakouts is during the first trimester. As the pregnancy moves along, a woman’s estrogen levels increase, which can cause the acne to go into remission, and even possibly clearing up completely. It has been shown that women who had problems with acne previously in their life have more severe cases while pregnant than those who did not have acne earlier in life.
There are steps you can take to keep your skin in the best condition possible during pregnancy. While you may not avoid getting acne, you can do your best to maintain a healthy glow during your pregnancy.
Tips for maintaining healthy skin during pregnancy:
- Get plenty of sleep. Getting enough sleep will allow you to look refreshed while keeping your skin healthy and less prone to wrinkles.
- Use sunscreen. Even if you don't suffer from melasma, during pregnancy your skin is more sensitive to the sun’s UV rays. Always use a moisturizer or sun block with at least an SPF 15.
- Clean your face and neck regularly. Don’t over do it. Pimples will be much worse if the pores are clogged. Clean your face using a gentle cleanser and light moisturizer, but do not scrub harshly. A gentle wash is all that is needed.
- Go for a facial. Facial's help improve acne and can help with circulation in the skin, improving the appearance of the skin and providing you with a natural, healthy looking glow.
- Moisturize religiously every day. A good moisturizer will help keep the skin looking soft throughout your pregnancy. If you are acne prone or have oily skin, try a light, water-based lubricant which will prevent pores from clogging.
One of the first questions usually asked by women who get acne during pregnancy is, "Will the baby will be more susceptible to getting acne?" Thankfully, no correlation has been found between acne during pregnancy and the child being more acne prone.
So why does this acne flare up happen in pregnant women? It comes as no surprise that the answer is an increase in hormones. Sebum production in the pores increases as the hormone levels rise, which lead to oily skin. In the lucky ones, this increase in sebum, or oily substance, causes that beautiful “pregnancy glow”. But for some, oily skin is the formula for acne. And your face isn’t the only part of the body susceptible. Body acne is also a possibility. This can affect self esteem as well, especially those who get body acne on the chest. It is hard to think of yourself as a pregnant goddess when you look at yourself in the mirror and see acne on your face and chest.
After the baby is born, usually the acne will clear up. But what if you don’t want to wait or if the baby is born and the acne does not go away?
What can be done to clear up pregnancy acne?
Be very careful when taking acne medications when pregnant. Accutane is a very common medicine used to fight acne. However, around 30% of babies exposed to Accutane during the first trimester were born with birth defects. The U.S. has set-up a national registry for Accutane users to help notify women who are trying to conceive, women who are already pregnant, and women who are breastfeeding. We recommend a holistic treatment such as the Acne no More step by step program. This wonderful system can even clear up scarring that acne has left on the face or body.
In any case, remember that acne only comes secondary to making sure the baby is healthy. That is most important. After the baby is born and yor hormones return to normal, most pregnancy acne is cleared up on its own.