If you are a mom-to-be who thought acne was just a teenage problem and you are done with it, you are in for a surprise. Well, acne is just not a teenage problem; it sometimes haunts pregnant women as well. Severe hormonal fluctuations within the body during pregnancy induce acne.
A sudden flare-up of acne breakouts can cause moments of anxiousness in a pregnant woman. Few women might have had relatively clear skin for years but might develop acne for the first time since becoming pregnant.
Acne during pregnancy can be mild, moderate, or severe. It can occur any time during the pregnancy, it may come and go, or it may last the entire pregnancy. Acne can be at its worst during the first trimester as hormonal fluctuations are severe. Acne disappears post-delivery in most women, particularly in women who have had a history of clear skin. In worst cases, acne lasts until breastfeeding.
The good news is that acne during pregnancy usually resolves on its own and does not require any special treatment. If you feel conscious about it, you can visit a dermatologist. There are few over-the-counter medications and creams for acne that are safe to use even while pregnant.
Why acne while pregnant?
Elevated levels of progesterone: Excessive secretion of progesterone increases the secretion of the skin glands thus making skin oily and causing acne.
Alterations in the fluid levels in the body: Hormone secretions remain undiluted due to the alterations in the fluid levels in the body, triggering acne.
Who is more prone to develop acne?
Though it cannot be predicted, women with previous history of acne breakouts are prone to suffer more from acne during pregnancy. Women who developed acnes just before their monthly periods are also likely to suffer from this problem.
Tips to handle acne during pregnancy
Good skin care is the key to maintaining healthy skin during pregnancy.
Pregnancy induces many changes, the list includes weight, size, hormones, food cravings, etc, and most threatening is the changes in skin. Few women dread the stretch marks while yet a few enjoy the glow of pregnancy. Not all women are lucky enough to have glowing skin during their pregnancy. Few of them develop dry; itchy skin while others can have oily skin and suffer from acne and other related problems.
Women and pregnancies are unique and so are pregnancy skin problems. Proper hydration and a healthy diet can minimize skin damage. Pregnancy skin care varies for different skin types based on whether it is oily, dry or normal.
Skin care routine for oily skin
Pregnant women with oily skin can follow this simple yet effective skin care routine so as to prevent pregnancy related skin problems.