How to Safely Treat Acne during Pregnancy
Your Drug-Free Acne Skincare Routine & Treatment
Along with the
excitement of being pregnant means many changes in your body. One of
them is a dramatic increase in hormone production, especially sex
hormones such as androgens (testosterone), estrogen and progesterone.
These are among the most potent stimulators of sebaceous glands. The
overproduction of sebum (skin oil) by sebaceous glands is the first step
in acne forming. The accumulated sebum together with bacteria, dead
skin cells and dirt will lead to inflammation and infection manifesting
itself as pimples, cysts, and in milder cases whiteheads and blackheads.
The fact is that more than 1 in 2 women will develop acne during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.
The problem is how to manage acne during the pregnancy while ensuring
the safety of baby and mother, and to help the woman to feel the best
she can during this very important period of her life. After all, a
happy mommy is the best mommy.
Below is some important information on what to avoid, and what you can actually do to safely manage your acne during pregnancy.
Unsafe Acne Treatments during Pregnancy
is known under the brand name Accutane (presently a subject of Class
Action Suit) and a number of generic names. It is an oral product used
mostly for treating severe acne. However, it's especially dangerous
before and during pregnancy as the drug is known to affect a fetus and
cause serious birth defects.
Hormone therapy. This includes the "female" hormone estrogen and the anti-androgens flutamide and spironolactone.
Oral tetracyclines. These include antibiotics such as tetracycline, doxycycline and minocycline, which can inhibit bone growth and discolor new firming permanent teeth.Topical retinoids
such as adapalene (Differin), tazarotene (Tazorac) and tretinoin (Retin-A). Topical
retinoids are actually similar to isotretinoin, and since they can get
into your blood stream through small capillaries in your skin they
should be avoided during pregnancy. Although studies show that the
amount of these medications absorbed through the skin is low, they still
may increase risk of birth defects. Please note that all retinoids or
cosmetic products that contain them are required to carry a warning that
states it is unknown whether they can harm a developing baby or a child that is being breastfed.
For the same reasons, many experts also recommend against using topical
treatments containing salicylic acid while pregnant. This is an
ingredient found in almost all over-the-counter acne products with
Proactive®, NatureCure®, Clearsil® and other known brands.
Drug-Free Acne Skincare Routine & Treatment
If your pregnancy
acne is mild and you did not suffer from acne before becoming pregnant,
you may actually try to deal with your pregnancy breakouts without any
specific acne products. This is the safest route, and here are some tips
on how to do it:
- Avoid squeezing or popping the pimples. This may result in permanent acne scars.
washing your face (and body if you have body acne) to two times
per day and after heavy sweating. Over-washing and drying your skin
will actually stimulate sebaceous glands to produce more oil.
- When you do wash, use a gentle, oil-free, alcohol-free, and non-abrasive cleanser. Try DIY chamomile astringent twice a day to keep your skin moist and bacteria free.
a soft washcloth (but change it every time you wash your face) or
cotton pads but do not rub or scratch your skin as doing so opens a
door, so to speak, to bacteria.
- Use lukewarm rather than hot water. Hot water will over-dry the skin and therefore stimulate the glands.
- Avoid over-cleansing and over-drying. Pat gently.
- Use noncomedogenic moisturizer regularly twice a day.
- Use natural DIY acne-prone skin masks.
- Shampoo regularly. If you have oily skin, it's best to shampoo daily. Avoid oily hair conditioners and mousses.
- Keep a healthy-skin diet that also supports pregnancy.
- If your pregnancy acne is moderate or severe and you want to safely get rid of it and PREVENT new pimples from coming, try AcnEase®.
AcnEase® is an all-botanical-ingredients, proprietary formula that is focused on rebalancing the body without directly impacting hormone levels.
Rather, it prevents hormone fluctuations from adversely impacting
sebaceous gland secretions and this way mitigates acne. It is completely
safe to take, however, you and your obstetrician may review the list of AcnEase ingredients so you can make sure none of them may adversely affect you and your baby.
With a Promise of Clear Skin,