Sometimes pregnancy can mean an acne breakout. Pregnancy acne usually happens to women as a result of too much sebum, an oily, waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous gland.
Your first avenue of care with acne during pregnancy is self-care. Keep your hair clean and out of your face. Avoid touching your face. Sweat and oil glands contribute to acne. Try not to pick, squeeze, or even touch your acne.Avoid skin care products such as scrubs, astringents, and masks as they can irritate your skin and make your can worse. Instead, wash your face with your hands twice daily, using a mild soap and warm water. Ask your dermatologist to recommend a cleanser for you.
Wash your hair more often too, especially if your acne appears close to your hairline.
Check the skin and hair products that you use. No greasy or oily cosmetics, sunscreens, hair products, and blemish concealers. Water-based, noncomedogenic products are less likely to promote acne.
What about medication for acne? Be careful and consult your dermatologist before trying acne medication. Treatments that are either applied to your skin or swallowed enter your bloodstream can affect your baby. Chances are the effects are minimal, but always, always ask your doctor first.
Treatments that contain erythromycin, clindamycin are generally considered safe. The affect of benzoyl peroxide is not yet known, and should not be used.
Oral isotretinoin and topical retinoids are known to cause birth defects. Avoid these during pregnancy and while nursing.
As with any symptom during pregnancy, do not hesitate to contact your healthcare provider with questions and concerns.