The joy of pregnancy is challenged by morning sickness, restless sleep, and often acne. Even if you’re one of the lucky few to have had clear skin through most of their teenage and adult-life, pregnancy brings about huge hormonal swings that can lead to annoying acne. Typically women’s estrogen levels rise steeply at the beginning of pregnancy and drop off as the pregnancy goes on. This drop off of estrogen, along with stress, can result in acne.
Here are our tips for dealing with this pesky problem.
1. Wash your face gently
Skin tends to be extra sensitive during pregnancy so avoid scrubbing your face. Scrubbing with a washcloth or rough exfoliant can irritate your sensitive skin. When you have a vulnerable bump on your face, being gentle during cleansing is even more important because opening it will allow it to spread.
2. Avoid oil
Be wary of products containing oil as it can clog pores. Wash your hair daily if you are prone to oily hair. Your pillow and towels can also be an issue if you don’t wash them regularly since oil from your hair can rub off to your face.
3. Try not to pop or pick
This one can be tough but it is a must. Picking and popping can lead to long lasting scarring. In the short-term, picking and popping can aggravate the area causing the acne to grow. Not to mention, picking and popping can lead to infection and that’s the last thing you need!
4. Find the right product for you
You can use sulpher-based products, and treatments containing glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acids. Avoid benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or any of the retinoids, as they could be dangerous during pregnancy. We like Olay's Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixer as a nice nightly treatment. We love Physicians Formula Concealer Twins 2-in-1 Correct and Cover Cream for concealing blemishes.
5. Drink up (water that is)Staying hydrated is essential when pregnant for several reasons and it also helps your skin look healthy. Water helps to flush out toxins in your system that could otherwise contribute to lackluster skin. If you’re bored of chugging plain ole water, try Bundle Organics juices or switch it up by squeezing your own fruit in your water.