Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life. It can be amazingly beautiful and wondrous and it can also be amazingly difficult! As her body goes through a multitude of changes to create a new and sustainable life, a lot of things happen. One of the least loved things is often acne. Not all women get acne during pregnancy but when you do, it’s certainly not something that lends itself to that healthy glow so many people talk about.
Hormonal surges can play a major part in being susceptible to acne on your face, shoulders, neck, chest, and upper arms. It’s not fun and it’s certainly not very attractive and because of your pregnancy, there aren’t a whole lot of over the counter or prescription medications you can go to due to potential risk to your baby. Some acne medications, such as Accutane, for instance, have dangers. Accutane has even been shown to cause severe birth defects! So, what then, can you do about acne during pregnancy?
The following tips include suggestions from other women who have had success with them. We can’t endorse the use of these, particularly since some products could pose a risk to unborn babies in utero so do be careful but here are some things that might help you with pregnancy-related acne. Don’t hesitate to run any of these ideas past your doctor as an extra precaution:
- Follow a regimented skincare routine to minimise the effect of excess oil, especially before bed and in the morning, too.
- Choose your cosmetics carefully. Choose light water based or mineral based makeup products to minimise clogged pores.
- Some women have good success with helpful acne home remedies. A few include: Epsom salts, apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and a few others. Home remedies can be quite effective in helping you battle pimples during pregnancy and any other time, too.
Prescription Acne Medications:
Some acne medications, such as Accutane, are definitely not safe. But some milder over the counter medicines might be ok. Many say that using benzoyl peroxide medicines during pregnancy is ok and others prefer to avoid the risk.
As much as it’s not fun, it’s probably just temporary. Most women find that soon after their beautiful bundle of joy appears, the ugly pimples disappear.