Acne is something that we typically deal with in the teenage years, but it can start to re-emerge once you become pregnant. There are many treatment options that you can consider to get it under control and resume enjoying your newly found glow. As with anything, be sure to cover any medications with your doctor before trying them if you are pregnant or looking to become pregnant. 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 Occurs
Acne is a very normal occurrence during pregnancy. Hormone levels start to rise in the first trimester as the body starts to account for not only your needs but for the baby’s as well. Because of this, the production of natural oils in the skin also begins to increase. The increase in oils on the skin can cause pore blockage and lead to breakouts. If you are lucky enough to have survived the first trimester without falling prey to new and additional acne, chances are you won’t suffer from 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 increased production of oils in the skin. These oils interact with the dead skin cells and cause an 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 Treatment 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.
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.
While treating things naturally is always a better choice if you can manage it. This is especially true during pregnancy, as we want to introduce as few unnatural substances to the body as possible. One thing to try is to use a natural cleanser to wash your face twice per day and make sure that you are washing your hair on a regular schedule. Try to keep from scrubbing your face to much as this will cause your face to overcompensate for the lack of natural moisture in the skin. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and maintain a balanced diet with plenty of vitamin A – you can find this is carrots, fish, and dairy products. It’s best to stay in contact with your doctor if you decide to supplement, as high concentrations of certain vitamins can be unhealthy for your baby.
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.
If natural treatments don’t seem to be doing the trick, it might be time to speak with your doctor about a different treatment option. They may recommend a treatment option that includes over-the-counter medication, or they might decide to look into a prescription option to control your breakouts. Some women find that dealing with a dermatologist during this time can also uncover some alternative treatment options that can help with pregnancy acne as well.