Pregnancy Acne

Acne during pregnancy is a common problem that many women must deal with. Research has suggested that 1 in 2 women will suffer from pregnancy related acne, and some of those cases can be quite severe.

Acne during pregnancy is caused and aggravated by the changes in hormone levels that the body experiences, especially during the first trimester. These hormonal changes result in increase production of oils in the skin. These oils interact with the dead skin cells and cause increased risk for acne. If you are someone who has battled acne in the past on a relatively consistent basis, especially if you tend to break out during your normal menstrual cycle, you are going to be more likely to suffer from pregnancy related acne. However, if you haven’t noticed any substantial change in your complexion during the first trimester of your pregnancy, you are less likely to develop acne during your pregnancy.

It can be tough to manage acne during pregnancy; after all, nobody wants to introduce unnecessary medications while carrying a baby. There are several medications that put you at a higher risk for pregnancy related complications and birth defects. Doctors will tell you that it’s a good idea to avoid medications if at all possible during your pregnancy in order to ensure a healthy baby.

There are some things to consider when you must find a way to deal with your pregnancy related acne.

Your Options

Experiencing acne during pregnancy is completely normal and is simply a cosmetic condition. However, it can be uncomfortable both physically and mentally, and does put you at risk for scarring. Although it is best to avoid any prescription medications during pregnancy, it is still worth speaking to your doctor to discuss your options. There are some natural remedies that your doctor might suggest, and they might give you some help in making decisions for options if those do not help.

Isotretinoin

One type of oral medication that has been developed specifically to treat acne is called Isotretinoin. It is important to note that this drug can be dangerous to the fetus and can cause birth defects. Because of the risks, it is recommended that women be on two kinds of birth control when starting this medication. Doctors may require pregnancy tests before, during, and after administration of this medication, and women will need to continue birth control for up to two months after discontinuing the medication.