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Acne During Pregnancy

16th October 2014

Any woman who has been pregnant can testify to the fact your body goes through a number of changes, both internally and externally. Some of the more well known side effects (not necessarily the most common) include swollen feet, nausea, and even acne. Pregnancy can be an emotional roller-coaster, what with the levels of hormones in your body changing, and having acne can cause unnecessary confidence dips.

The causes

An increase of androgen hormones (particularly progesterone) leads to an increase of sebum, an oily substance released by the sebaceous glands. This leads to clogged pores and more acne breakouts.

Top tips

Here's some advice on how to deal with acne during pregnancy and ways to reduce the likelihood of nasty spots appearing:

Don't Pick

As tempting as it may be, make sure you don't rub, squeeze or pick at your spots. This can lead just spread the bacteria and aggravate the problem as well as lead to unsightly scarring.

Don't over-wash your face

Your skin may be extra sensitive right now, so aggressive scrubs can not only be painful but strip your face of its natural oils. This will cause your oil glands to try and replace the lost moisture making it even more prone to breakouts.

Avoid make-up where possible

We're not suggesting that you go completely make-up free for your entire pregnancy, but try to cut it down. You should always choose water-based products and ensure you take your make-up off every night.

ALWAYS check with your GP or midwife on creams and medicines

As with everything, one size does NOT fit all. Some women may experience more breakouts during pregnancy, some fewer. Talking to your doctor regularly is be best way to get all your questions answered and receive advice you know you can trust.

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