Acne And Pregnancy
During pregnancy, hormonal imbalance can occur like increased levels of androgen. These changes can make the sebaceous glands of the skin bigger. It also prompts the skin to produce excessive oil. The extra sebum in combination with dead skin cells that line the hair follicles can cause inflammation and skin acne. Acne during pregnancy can go from mild to moderate and severe. So, what should women do to improve their skin condition during pregnancy? Here’s how:
Wash Face Regularly
To remove dirt and excessive oil; it is important to wash the face gently with a mild soap or cleanser twice a day. Make sure not to scrub the face with washcloth because it can irritate the skin and make the acne worse. Rather, use the soft padding of your finger to gently wash your face. After washing, pat the skin dry with clean cloth. You can use moisturizer. Read the label, make sure that the ingredients are not harmful to use during pregnancy and that it is oil-free.
Having a pimple or any flaw on the skin can be very depressing. Some people would try to squeeze and pop the pimple to get rid of it. But according to skin experts, popping and squeezing can only aggravate the problem and could lead to further scarring.
Use Noncomogenic Makeup
Pregnant women can still wear makeup. However, make sure they need to use the right products on their face. Some products are not advised because they can only worsen the acne. Use products that are water-based rather than oil-based. Read the labels on the product. Those labelled as “noncomedogenic” or “nonacnegenic,” are okay to use because they cannot clog the pores and cause breakouts. Also, make sure to remove the makeup before going to bed, too.
Caution On The Use Of Drugs And Creams
Expecting women are advised not to take any medication or creams without consulting a trusted health care provider. Yes, there are several over-the-counter and prescription products that are effective in clearing up acne. In adults, strong-arm products like Accutane, Retin-A, and other topical retinoids (tretinoin, isotretinoin, tazarotene, and adapalene) are effective in treating acne. However, all are completely off-limits until after delivery and weaning of the baby because the product can be absorbed through the skin and pass through the breast milk and to the baby. However, some of the ingredients are not safe for pregnant women. If the acne is very severe, a dermatologist or a skin doctor can advise you with the best drugs for acne that are acceptable to use during pregnancy.
During this crucial time, the key is to playing it safe and to read the label. Steer away from BHA or salicylic acid ingredients because it can pass through the breastmilk and to your baby. If you have used products containing beta-hydroxy or salicylic acid, do not worry and just stop now. Talking to a skin doctor or your OBGYN can help answer your questions and alleviate concerns about acne and pregnancy.
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