Controlling Acne in Pregnancy

Acne in pregnancy? Not surprising. The increase in hormone levels can have dramatic effects on the skin.

If you had acne before you were pregnant, your skin may improve or get worse during pregnancy. You can't tell which changes you'll see but you can take steps to minimize breakouts.

It's not that you can prevent acne in pregnancy - no one can. Hormones have a mind of their own and they sure like to party when you're pregnant. And not just at night, but all the time.

So you'll want to take action before you notice spots and pimples starting to appear on your face, neck or anywhere else. Here's what you can do to minimize flare ups.

Take care of your skin before you are pregnant as well as during pregnancy.

The least you can do is to follow a daily routine that includes cleansing, toning and moisturizing. If you have acne prone skin, it's also a good idea to use a clay mask once or twice a week.

Make it harder for pregnancy acne to take hold. Pamper your skin but choose your skin care products with care. Skin changes a lot during pregnancy and it may become sensitive to certain ingredients. So use mild and non-irritating products.

If you want to get medical treatment for acne, it's safer to wait until after the baby has been weaned. Many common acne medications have potential side effects and can affect the baby. Beta hydroxy acid or salicylic acid, for example, is absorbed through the skin and can interfere with blood clotting.

I managed my acne when I was pregnant by following a simple skin care routine. That was easy - I couldn't have coped with anything complicated in that condition!

So what did I do? Hmmm, let me think.

I cleansed, toned and moisturized daily (OK, on most days), and used a clay mask twice a week. I took care to use only products with natural ingredients. No way was I going to risk using any chemicals that might harm my precious baby, even if they cleared acne.

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