Treatments For Acne During Pregnancy

Sandy asks…

What acne treatments can I use when pregnant?

I’m currently using presription creams , retin-a and aczone. What products are safe during pregnancy? OTC products?

Thanks!

admin answers:

Do not use anything with sulfates in it. They can cause serious problems. Also stay away from scented/aromatherapy lotions and creams. I would suggest using a sensitive skin wash, because when you are pregnant your skin reacts a lot differently than when you aren’t. Exfoliate with a franular scrub (but please do not use that apricot scrub that you can buy at walmart, its horrible for your skin).

Charles asks…

How to avoid acne breakouts in new places?

How do I avoid my breakouts from spreading? I used to only get acne on my forehead (which was better because my bangs covered them) but now I when I get breakouts it’s mostly on my cheeks which is worse. So how do I stop it from spreading?

admin answers:

I did some research and talked to my doctor to find the most common causes of acne.

• Hormones: The number one cause of acne is the production of sex hormones, known as androgen, that begins at puberty. This is why majority of acne sufferers are adolescents and teens. Hormones are responsible for then acne flare-ups during menstruation and pregnancy.

• When the sebaceous gland is stimulated by androgens, it produces extra sebum. In its journey up the follicle toward the surface, the sebum mixes with common skin bacteria and dead skin cells that have been shed from the lining of the follicle. While this process is normal, the presence of extra sebum in the follicle increases the chances of clogging — and acne.

• Stress: can also cause the production of hormones, such as cortisol, which can aggravate acne. Stress brings upon different hormone levels. With hormone changes the body prompts the skins oil glands to enlarge, secreting more oil. Which causes white heads, black heads and pimples.

• Oily or heavy make up: Heavy make-up clogs the pores and oily make-ups add more oil, which only adds to the problem if oily skin already exists. Cosmetics, especially certain moisturizers, foundations and pomades contain lanolin, petrolatum, vegetable oils, butyl stearate, lauryl alcohol and oleic acid.

• Certain medications and steroids: Vitamins are good for your body, But an excess of vitamins B1, B6 and B12 can cause acne flare-ups. These vitamins are good for the skin, but avoid overuse.

• Diets: For some people, a diet that is high in refined carbohydrates and sugars can actually aggravate their acne.

• Over abrasive cleansing: Harsh exfoliators can damage skin and spread infections.

• Picking and squeezing: This can actually send the infection deeper into the skin and can cause scarring.

• Environmental irritants: such as high humidity and pollution. High humidity actually causes swelling of skin. Pollution is of course is a big cause for clogging your pores.

• Genes: Family members who are also acne sufferers. Acne is inherited and severe cases known as cystic acne usually come from heredity.

And..,

You need a more thorough treatment. I suggest you start with these steps:

1. Avoid oil-based products such as facial lotions, wash and cosmetics. Look for products that are “non-comedogenic,” it means it will not clog your pores.

2. Do not wear tight headband, baseball hat, and/or helmet when you exercise or play sports, and make sure you wash the sweat-soaked things each time you wear them.

3. Keep the skin hydrated and moist so your cells can function properly. Moisturize your face with mild, non-comedogenic moisturizers to keep it hydrated. Moisturizing is a necessity. Again, the product with the least amount of chemical additives is the best. Always use a light moisturizer on your face after cleansing.

4. Cleanse your pores with an alcohol-free toner or skin conditioner on cotton balls. Do not try to scrub harshly or you will strip and damage your skin. Even after rinsing your face, if you do not remove the remainder of cleanser and loosened debris residues, you are only going to imbed that debris deeper into the pores as you layer serums and moisturizers on top. The absolute best way to perform this deep pore cleansing is with an alcohol-free toner or skin conditioner on cotton balls. There’s no need to harm your skin by vigorous scrubbing or harsh acids, simply wipe with toner damp cotton balls until the last cotton comes away perfectly white.

5. Astringents, Salicylic Acid, retinoic acids, and glycolic acids all work to prevent pores from clogging. Be aware of some active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, these ingredients can cause major side effects.

For better results, I suggest you also fight your acne from inside, because hormonal problems could also be the worst cause of acne. And for this kind of treatment, please choose safe ingredients… Herbals are the best.

Good luck!

Thomas asks…

How can I get rid of the acne on my back?

I am 24 weeks along and have bad acne on my back :( I really want it to go away now that the summer is almost here. I heard various things about products that you can/can’t use. What is your advice and experience? Thanks!

admin answers:

Holly B! Two factors that make acne more prevalent with pregnancy are the hormone, progesterone, and changes in hydration. Progesterone is the hormone that makes the bed of implatantion healthy for the fertilized egg. The ovary makes it, but after the first trimester it is usually the placenta that makes it. Besides making implantation stable, it also relaxes smooth muscle, which prevents premature labor, but also causes constipation. It loosens up the joints, especially the pubic joint which makes more room for the baby to fit through on the way out during labor.

But because progesterone is more androgenic (male hormone-like) than estrogen, it also causes the secretions of your skin glands to increase, which will lead to more acne.

Hydration is tough to keep up with when you’re pregnant. But drinking about six to eight glasses of water a day will not only dilute out secretions to improve acne, but will also contribute to the relaxation of the uterus and even help with the constipation. Hydration is not an acne cure, but it will help.

Skin creams that contain erythromycin and other antibiotics are safe if cleared by your obstetrician. Dermatologists are usually quite sensitive to and knowledgeable of pregnancy, and they will work with your doctor when prescribing such creams. Tetracycline pills, a standard treatment for acne, is absolutely forbidden during pregnancy, because it can permanently discolor your unborn baby’s teeth or even theoretically cause bone deformities.

For more information visit my free website
http://www.pregnancy-guidelines.com

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