During your pregnancy, your mood changes constantly, your desires change constantly, it is like a whirlwind of emotion and hormones.
And the increase of certain hormones stimulates your sebaceous glands that reside in your skin. These glands, when stimulated become much larger in size and start to produce much more skin oil otherwise called sebum.
Now, the fact that your skin has much more oil to deal with, you become much more prone to any sort of bacterial infection, which leads to acne breakouts fairly easily. The chance of this happening is increased even further if you ever had any acne in the past.
Without tallying too much, here are the tips you can follow to decrease or stop any acne outbreaks during your pregnancy.
- Don’t touch your face too much. This also means no scratching, squishing. Try to control your subconscious attempts to do so.
- Clean your face a few times per day using any non-drying solution. For example, do not use soap as it will dry your skin, making it even worse.
- Either change your pillows daily, or use a fresh towel over it to prevent face contact with bacteria on the pillow.
- Makeup. Either stop using it for a while or make sure to be extra careful to always clean your hands before applying it and clean the makeup off your face as soon as you do not need it anymore.
- Hair. If your hair is long or comes into contact with your skin, make sure to clean it daily.
- Decrease the amount of oil that you apply to the skin. This includes oily hair, oily cosmetics, even contact with oily food (while it is not recommended to eat too oily food, when consumed, it itself does not induce acne, only when in contact with your skin directly).
Next we have the possible tips that involve medication of any sort!
- Use prescription medication. Two of the most used are Erythromycin (Erygel) and Azelaic acid (Azelex, Finacea).
- Use acne treatment creams / treatments that can mostly be bought online. You can find these in our review section here. The best ones contain an ingredient called Benzoyl Peroxide, which has the best success rate of removing acne. Do however make sure that it is pregnancy safe before using anything. Any treatments or cream that we recommend, are safe to use during pregnancy.
- There are 2 more treatment ingredients that are safe to use, called Erythromycin and Salicylic Acid (only in small amounts), which are proven to not affect you or your baby in any way, shape or form.
- You could also use medication in the form of pills, however there have been numerous studies done that make most of the known pills unsafe to use. If possible, do not use the pills. The most known examples of this are:
- Accutane, which reported an increased chance of birth defects for mothers who consumed this pill during pregnancy.
- Differin, Retin-A and Tazorac. These have not been tested at all, therefore until any testing is done, it is best to ignore such medication.
- Tetracycline, minocycline and doxycycline. These antibiotics affect the bone growth of your child, so do not use these pills.
- Estrogen, Spironolactone. Using hormone therapy is linked to birth defects for any mother that was using it during pregnancy.
Now to sum all the tips in an easy to remember way:
- Clean your face.
- Clean everything that gets into contact with your face(hands, pillows, cosmetics, towels).
- Use some sort of safe medication (prescription or over the counter treatments which preferably include Benzoyl Peroxide).
- Do not use some sort of unsafe medication (most oral medications).
And there we have it.
If however the acne still persists for some reason after a few weeks of applying these tips, then the pregnancy was just a part of the cause, and the real cause might be hidden somewhere else. Then, the only thing that remains is to either continue using acne treatments or use similar but less effective homemade treatments.