Hormones change rapidly during pregnancy and bring changes to the body, skin, and hair. It isn’t always good as sometimes the changes can be projected harshly on the skin. In many individuals, hormonal changes can cause either little or severe acne during pregnancy. According to dermatologists, this is termed pregnancy acne.
What Is Pregnancy Acne?
No two pregnant women have the same experience during pregnancy. Due to the body going through. This means that not every pregnant woman will suffer from unusual breakouts. For some women, their pre-existing skin condition improves giving them healthy and clear skin.
A little side note, if a woman breaks out during her menstrual cycle, she is more likely to break out during the pregnancy too.
Although acne is most likely to appear during the first quarter, it is the blemishes, pigmentation, and pimples that appear throughout the pregnancy.
Cause of Pregnancy Acne?
During pregnancy, some women experience acne, pimples, and painful face bumps like never before. Throughout those 9 months, a woman’s body goes through so many hormonal changes, especially during the first quarter. This might stress pregnant women causing acne and pimples.
The levels of progesterone often increase during pregnancy. This is truly designated as ‘the queen of Hormones” during pregnancy. An increase in progesterone stimulates the oil glands to produce more oil. This oil is often mistaken for glowing skin, however in reality it clogs pores and causes breakouts. Hence the pregnancy acne.
Treatment for Pregnancy Acne:
With acne comes treatment and depending on the skin type (dry, oily, or combination), a pregnant woman can treat her acne:
Home-Made Face Masks
Ingredients like honey, turmeric, and aloe vera can be used on the skin regardless of the skin type to help with pregnancy acne. Honey has antibacterial properties, so it can help with bacterial acne. It can also moisturize the skin. Turmeric is rich in anti-inflammatory properties that can help unclog the pores and calm the skin. Furthermore, aloe vera contains salicylic acid which when applied to the skin can reduce acne.
Pregnant women should execute precise research and invest in good skincare products. A proper skincare routine should also be followed diligently in the morning and at night. Pregnancy acne shouldn’t be pricked as it can introduce more bacteria to the skin.
Also, skin-care products should have more natural ingredient so that pregnant women can feel more comfortable to treat this kind of acne.
Often forgotten with the hustle-bustle that is called life, not just pregnant women, almost everyone forgets to moisturize their faces from time to time. Skin usually feels dry after using a cleanser; which is why pregnant women should apply a light moisturizing lotion or cream at least twice a day.
Pregnant women should eat fresh fruits and vegetables, lean sources of protein, good fats, and sufficient nutrients. They should also drink enough water to ensure that their skin remains hydrated. Furthermore, they must also avoid processed food and refined sugars as that can also cause pregnancy acne.
Consult A Dermatologist
Before starting any kind of skincare treatment or home remedies, it is always advisable to consult a dermatologist beforehand. It would always help in case the acne gets worse.
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