Pregnancy is a hormonal roller coaster, and your skin has no choice but to go along for the ride. Some women simply seem to have trouble with acne during pregnancy. Acne can comes up anytime during pregnancy since your androgen levels increases.
Pregnancy acne can be treated with self-care and medication. In the third trimester, when your androgen levels are extremely high, acne can get especially bad.
Below are 10 tips to deal with acne in pregnancy.
Avoid irritants: Don’t use oily or greasy cosmetics, sunscreens, hairstyling products or acne concealers. Use products labelled water-based or noncomedogenic, which means they are less likely to cause acne.
Don’t pick or squeeze blemishes: Doing so can cause infection or scarring. Avoid touching your face.
Watch what touches your skin: Keep your hair clean and off your face. Also avoid resting your hands or objects on your face. Tight clothing or hats also can be a problem, especially if you’re sweating.
Wash your hair daily: Acne is often the result of a build up of oil on the skin, which can come from your hair getting in your face. Washing your hair every day with a pregnancy safe shampoo will help.
Try exfoliating: Most pregnancy acne is caused by pores clogged with oil, so keep them clear with mechanical exfoliants.
Moisturise with Coconut oil: Coconut oil is known for hydrating and soothing the skin. It is very gentle and safe to use for every pregnant woman.
Hydrate: Drink lots of water because it hydrate your skin. When you’re pregnant, you need more water than the average person in order to form amniotic fluid.
Good sleep: When you are sleep deprived, your skin suffers as it does not rest and regenerate. This gives you higher chances for breakouts. Make sure you sleep for a good amount of hours.
Wash problem areas: Twice a day, use your hands to wash your face with a mild soap and warm water. Avoid certain products, such as facial scrubs, astringents and masks, because they tend to irritate skin.
Diet: Make sure to avoid acne triggers in your diet like refined sugar and processed carbohydrates like white carbs.
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