Acne During Pregnancy

Developing some acne during pregnancy is fairly common.

In the first trimester as the body prepares itself to provide for two, hormone levels change which can cause an increase in the body’s oil production resulting in blocked pores, inflammation and development of acne.

Skin Health Hub Skin Conditions Acne During PregnancyYou may be more at risk of developing acne in your first trimester if you have a history of acne or if you have experienced acne flare-ups before your menstrual cycle in the past. It may be re-assuring to learn that for many women their acne flare-ups usually start to clear by the second trimester as this is when the body’s hormone levels begin to plateau.


Acne treatment solutions to avoid

If you experiencing outbreaks of acne in your first trimester you should be cautious about treating your skin with over-the-counter acne treatment products. This article highlight’s some of the most common ingredients found in acne treatment solutions and although the percentage of active ingredients that can be absorbed into the blood stream is minimal in some products, any risk of birth defects should not be overlooked.

  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Isotretinoin
  • Retinoids
    This includes topical retinoids such as tazarotene, adapalene and tretinoin, oral retinoid’s and Accutane
  • Oral tetracyclines
    This includes antibiotics such as doxycycline, tetracycline and minocycline,

Now you know if you find your skin going through frustrating hormonal outbreaks during your pregnancy you should avoid using over-the-counter acne treatment solutions that can come with a high risk of birth defects. Why risk even a remote chance of harming your baby over a few pimples or acne during pregnancy and consult your physician or obstetrician before trying to treat your acne during pregnancy.

Remember also, that diet plays an important part in controlling acne during pregnancy so you can help keep your skin clear of acne, and provide your baby with all the nutrients it needs for optimum growth and development by eating a healthy diet of low-fat and preservative-free foods.

For more information read our article on our tips on Skin Care During Pregnancy.

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