16 Oct 2010
Many women experience acne or worse acne during pregnancy. Looking forward to having a baby can be a happy time but the pregnancy can also be uncomfortable as your body changes. Acne on top of this can be a nuisance and you may need acne treatments that work. Before getting acne treatment pregnancy we will look at when and how acne during pregnancy is caused.
The acne in pregnancy is triggered by the hormonal changes during pregnancy and is temporary.
The Acne (or worse acne) in Pregnancy is temporary. So you shouldn’t panic, it will go away.
Acne can start at different stages. For some it can be during the first trimester or for some during the second trimester. Usually it will clear up during the third trimester. So it can start at different times depending on the mother.
If the acne doesn’t clear up in the third trimester, then it will usually stay on after childbirth especially if you will be breastfeeding. This should not stop you breastfeeding though as there is no danger to your baby. There is no link between the mother having acne during pregnancy or after pregnancy and baby acne or the child having acne later on in life.
When getting acne pregnancy treatment you should be very careful about any medication you use either topically or orally. First perform the basics. Wash your face twice a day as shown in earlier posts. Use a mild non-medicated soap or face wash. Do not over wash your face as drying out the skin can cause acne too. Use a natural moisturiser if you need to.
Mothers to be can also get body acne or cysts which can be quite sore. Use a cube of ice wrapped in a paper towel or cloth to cool the cyst down and get rid of any pain. Do not actively use ice as an acne treatment just use it relieve any pain of large cysts or spots.
You also need to be aware of what medication you can and cannot use. Best thing is use all natural acne treatments which will be safer for your and your baby. We will cover these in the next acne treatment pregnancy post.