Adult acne products and hormonal fluctuations pregnancy: What’s safe and what’s not
Most pregnant women experience breakouts due to hormonal fluctuations. In most cases, adult acne worsens during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy, then wanes after delivery.
Safe Adult Acne Products for Pregnant Women
The good news is, there are skin care products which are generally considered safe to use during pregnancy.
Here are some tips for skin care during pregnancy:
• Alpha Hydroxy Acids such as Lactic acid and Glycolic Acid. Lactic acid is recommended for those with sensitive skin as it won’t cause skin irritation.
• Benzoyl Peroxide in low concentrations
• Salicylic acid in low concentrations
• Oral or topical erythromycin
But as a rule of thumb, always consult with your doctor before using any acne products.
Acne products to avoid
There are certain adult acne products which are contraindicated for pregnant women. Here are some of the following:
• Topical retinoids – This includes Differin, Tazorac and Retin-A. These should be avoided by pregnant women and breastfeeding women as these have effects on developing fetuses.
• Tetracycline – Antibiotics – This can interfere with the normal growth and development of bones of the fetus. It can also cause discoloration of the teeth of developing fetuses.
This list of adult acne products to be avoided may not be comprehensive and again, as a rule of thumb, always consult your doctor before using over-the-counter acne products.
Other ways to treat or prevent acne during pregnancy
If you are into natural alternatives you may be of the mindset like many of us that skin rashes and acne can be a result of toxins building up in our syste.
There are many possible reasons for this and ideally your doctor will help you get to the cause of the flare ups, but generally speaking a yeast imbalance can be the root cause of your acne.
If this is the case you may want to consider taking a high quality probiotics to help bring your gut balance back to normal.
Also there are many natural anti-fungals such as olive leaf extract and oregano oil which will help kill some of the yeast in your system.
There are soaps that have tea tree oil in them that can do amazing things for your sking. You may never have realized how the right soap can help your skin feel clean and clear.
In addition to natural alternatives for mild flair-ups, you don’t need to invest in expensive products to clear up pimples and acne. All it may take is a change in lifestyle which could do wonders not just to your skin, but also your baby.
Here are some tips to keep skin healthy during pregnancy:
1.Maintain good basic skin care routine – keeping your face clean and moisturized will keep your skin healthy and glowing while helping alleviate your adult acne woes. Always remember to wash your face in the morning and night time before you sleep with a gentle cleanser and follow it up with a light, non-comedogenic and fragrance free moisturizer. Skip the toners as they can dry and irritate your skin. Remember that during pregnancy, your skin becomes sensitive, so you need to be selective with the products you can use on your skin.
2.Eat healthy – avoid wheat and grains as well as food rich in sugar, carbohydrates and fats as they can aggravate flare ups. That is why it is best to keep intake of sweets, junk food and fatty food to a minimum. Replace sugar-rich snacks with fruits to satisfy your sweet tooth. Go easy on cereals and breads and try to avoid grains.
3.Avoid stress – stress can also exacerbate flare ups. To combat stress, have a pleasant afternoon walk after work and get plenty of sleep to recharge.
4.Keep hands clean and away from face – unless you are applying medication or washing your face, you must keep your hands off your acne to avoid infecting and aggravating your acne breakout as dirt and bacteria can transfer from your hands to your face.
You must also keep hair away from the face as shampoo, conditioner and hair treatment can irritate your skin. If you are adventurous try using the tea tree oil soap to wash your hair as well as your body (keep out of your eyes though!)
You should also change your pillow cases at least once a week as dirty pillowcases can house pimple and acne causing bacteria which can further lead to more breakouts.
Well – that should help you keep your skin clear during your pregnancy!