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Pregnancy Acne

Acne during Pregnancy

Acne during pregnancy is a common condition that many women experience. Acne is generally problematic during the first trimester, but tends to clear up as the pregnancy progresses. With the increase in estrogen levels it is even possible that your acne problem may clear up completely. Women who have had acne problems in the past, particularly before periods, are more likely to experience pregnancy acne.

Acne Treatment during Pregnancy

No matter how important your appearance may be you need to exercise caution and restraint with any acne treatment during pregnancy. Most over the counter acne medications are classified as drugs that could be unsafe during a pregnancy, and you would need to consult with your health care provider to ascertain which drugs are safe for you to use. Some of the commonly used chemicals in popular acne products are tetracycline, salicyclic Acid, tretinon and isotrentinoin, and any product with these chemicals should be avoided. Many of these ingredients have in fact been linked to miscarriage, birth defects and infant death.

Pregnancy Skin Care

There are however some basic pregnancy skin care guidelines that you can follow to minimize and treat acne flare ups safely during your pregnancy.

•    Exercise regularly to stimulate and improve circulation for all regions of the body including your skin,
•    Fresh fruits and washed vegetables should form the bulk of your diet, and
•    It is important that you ensure that your skin and body is well hydrated, so make it a point to drink at least six to eight glasses of water every day.
•    When washing your face try to use an oil-free mild cleanser. Natural skin care products are a better option as they generally use oil free ingredients. Fragrance free soaps are also a good option.
•    When washing your face use lukewarm water and make sure that there is no soap residue left behind. To dry your face you can pat it gently with paper towels.
•    If you do use an astringent choose one that is non-medicated.
•    Make sure that you only use oil free moisturizers.
In addition to the above mentioned points there are also some don’ts:
•    Avoid over washing as this will strip your skin of natural essential oils, and in some cases could even stimulate an increase in production of oil (excessive).
•    Do not touch your pimples or acne as this will only spread the bacteria, and
•    Always use cotton balls or disposable sponges for toners, or makeup.