Pregnancy and Acne
Now that you have passed adolescence, you may have thought that you had escaped those nasty pimples from your teenage years. Knowing that you were unhappy with having pimples and you would have done anything you could to have crystal clear skin. You now know that having smooth, clear skin can build up your self confidence, no doubt about it. But who would have thought that you would start experiencing acne again as soon as you became pregnant. Yes, pregnancy and acne is one of the common problems during the first trimester of child bearing for most women.
Definitely, back in your teenage years, you didn’t enjoy having such a nasty experience with acne and for sure now, being pregnant, you won’t be pleased to have it back again. If you are not pregnant, it would be easy for you to make use of any medication in order to get rid of these problems but this is not the same when you are pregnant and acne strikes.
You can’t simply get any medication to use to solve the problem. It is better for you to consult your doctor about it in order to make sure that you and your baby will be safe and healthy.
If you are wondering why you are experiencing pregnancy and acne now at the same time, it is because your estrogen level is increasing. Not all women will experience pregnancy and acne together at the same time but it is common. The most common acne during pregnancy is not only on the face but also on the chest and back. While you’re pregnant, estrogen hormone levels increase which cause oily skin. With oily skin, you are prone to developing acne and pimples.
Here are the things that you can do for acne prevention:
1. Wash your face thoroughly but you must not use just any soap. Most soaps are actually too harsh for the sensitive facial skin. You should find a good acne soap.
2. Rinse your face well with lukewarm water in order to get rid of any soap residue
3. Dry your face with the use of clean towel by padding your skin and not rubbing
4. Moisturize and hydrate your skin and body by drinking plenty of water
5. Do not pick your pimples to avoid acne scars
6. Consider using a natural acne treatment system while consulting your physician
If you experience pregnancy and acne, it is advisable to avoid some medications such as Tetracycline, Salicyclic Acid, Tretinoin and Isotrentinoin.
Remember that Accutane can cause birth defects, miscarriage, and infant death.
As soon as you deliver your bundle of joy, you’ll see that your face will begin to clear up. There can be some marks left on your face from the acne and if you want to get rid of ice-pick scars, you can make use of treatments like laser resurfacing. You can make use of over-the-counter creams if you want to get rid of pigmented scars due to pregnancy and acne. A professional chemical peel can be use as treatment for severe acne scarring.
Remember again that if you plan to breastfeed your baby you will want to make sure that any prescription medication or natural acne system will not affect your child.