Despite what they say, acne isn’t only experienced during your teen years. If you find yourself pregnant you may very well be experiencing a reemergence of acne problems. Fortunately, you can take preventative measures now along with using natural remedies, to get your acne under control. We do recommend you always seek the help of your doctor before trying out any of the following remedies.
Why Pregnancy Acne Happens
During the first trimester, your hormones fluctuate, giving way to natural oil production in your skin. As the oils increase they can block pores and increase your risk of acne breakouts. However, if you’ve made it through your first trimester with no problems, then you stand a better chance of making it through your second and third with no problems.
First, make sure to cleanse your face with a soap-free cleanser twice daily. Additionally, wash your face regularly particularly if you have long hair. This prevents dirt from transferring to your face. Be sure not to over scrub your face, because your skin is already lacking in moisture and hard scrubbing only furthers the problem. It can even cause your glands to kick in and produce more oils. Finish with an oil-free moisturizer and sunscreen to prevent damage. Seek out makeup products that are non-comedogenic.
Another simple tip is to drink plenty of water. You’re probably tired of hearing it, but drinking water can prevent breakouts altogether. Also, be sure and consume foods rich in vitamin A, including carrots, fish and milk. Avoid vitamin A supplements, however, as they can lead to birth defects.
If you’re still suffering from breakouts after making these changes, talk to your doctor about acne therapies. It is likely that your doctor will recommend over-the-counter treatments such as products that contain glycolic acid. Alternatively, he or she may prescribe you a topical antibiotic. Some of the most common are erythromycin and azelaic acid both of which are believed to help with pregnancy related pigmentary issues. Light-based therapies may also be an option depending on your acne.