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primary cause of the over secretion of sebaceous glands is
actually an imbalance in circulating levels of sex hormones (androgens, otherwise known as testosterone, estrogen and progesterone). Both women and men
produce all three hormones but, of course, in different amounts. During pregnancy, especially during the
first trimester, estrogen and
progesterone levels increase therefore increasing the skin's production of
sebum. The risk of getting acne during the pregnancy is higher, however, it is
rather difficult to predict who will suffer from more severe acne flare-ups and
which women will “glide” through this period without an acne flare-up. One risk factor is if
you have a history of acne, or experience acne flares at the start of your
menstrual cycle, you may have a higher risk of experiencing acne during your
pregnancy. If you do not develop acne
during the first trimester, it's unlikely you'll have this problem at all since
it is rare to get acne in the second or third trimesters.
Using any type
of medications including acne treatments, during pregnancy presents a dilemma;
the expectant mother needs to make certain the safety of the baby as well as
the mother is preserved.
Unfortunately many prescription and
over-the-counter acne treatments come with a high risk of birth defects so avoiding them is both a
necessity and responsibility we have to take very seriously. Below is
information that can help keep you and your unborn baby safe.
If your 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 route is by far the safest.
Here are some helpful tips
If your acne is moderate or
severe during your first trimester, you may opt for modest use of over the
counter topical products that contain either benzoyl peroxide or glycolic acid.
Topical agents impact
on acne blemishes may be only temporary and not necessarily very effective for
moderate to severe acne, they are not believed to pose an increased risk of
If you want to safely get rid
of and PREVENT new pimples from forming you may want to look at 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, in this
way, mitigates the cause of acne. 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. AcnEase has been used by pregnant and
lactating women without reporting any adverse effects.