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Pregnancy and Acne: How To Treat?

Picture of a Pregnancy and Acne Care Acne is usually triggered by the sudden change of hormone levels, either an increase or a decrease in its levels. This is why it is a not a surprise when most pregnant women would experience a sudden acne breakout during their pregnancy. Even though the woman has not experience acne before, this will all change when she enters pregnancy. This is what makes it even more hard because this is the first time she will have to deal with these annoying changes in the skin. In fact, most pregnant women say that their acne condition worsens during their second trimester. Afterwards, they say that it gets better. If you have had a clear skin for a long time, it is possible that your acne problems will clear up after the delivery. Breastfeeding have the tendency to prolong your acne problems.

Acne Treatment During Pregnancy

Pregnancy and acne is quite a controversial issue. Treatment of acne in pregnant women is not the same as the usual treatment for acne in teenagers and the male population. However, prevention of acne during pregnancy is just the same. It is all about good basic skin care. This means that if you wish to get rid of your acne problems, you must make it a point to take care of your skin. Ensure that your skin is getting all the nutrients and vitamins that your skin needs. What you need to do is to cleanse your face in the morning as well as night. For this, you will have to make use of a gentle cleansers. Never ever opt for astringents or strong toners that may increase the risk of irritation of your skin. During pregnancy, the skin is a lot more sensitive so it is not wise for you to make use of the regular skin care products that you are using before. After cleansing, moisturize your face with a very light moisturizing cream, one that is fragrance free.

Consult a Dermatologist

In the case that your acne continues to worsen, then it is time that you seek the help of a dermatologist. NEVER ever self-medicate. Remember that pregnancy is not a joke. There are certain medications that are contraindicated to pregnant women. If you wish to protect the health of your baby, then you should be vigilant in choosing the acne medications to take.

In lieu of that, here are some treatments that are considered safe for use of pregnant women--- benzoyl peroxide, low dose salicylic acids and erythromycin. These medications are considered generally safe however it is still best that you talk to your doctor first before taking any of these medications.

On the other hand, a lot of acne treatment available these days are considered harmful to the fetus so it is best that you are aware which these medications are. These medications include accutane, Topical retinoids (adapalene, tretinoin and tazarotene) as well as tetracycline. The list of medications given here is not comprehensive so it is +always best that you consult your doctor first before using any medication.