Acne During Pregnancy
Feel like you’re going through puberty all over again? Why you're getting all those pimples -- and how to safely treat them.
What’s the best way to treat acne during pregnancy?
Stay away from any Retin-A products during pregnancy; they can harm your baby. Over-the-counter lotions and creams that contain benzoyl peroxide are typically considered safe.
If your acne is really bothering you, talk to your doc. While many acne meds, including doxycycline, minocycline, tetracycline and Accutane, are off-limits during pregnancy (because they can cause birth defects), there are some topical prescription meds that may be helpful.
Also, resist the urge to pick! Touching or popping your zits can actually make your acne worse. Some women also apply warm, moist washcloths to their faces to open the pores.
What can I do to prevent acne during pregnancy?
Wash your face every morning and evening with water and mild cleanser. Keep your hands off your face; a lot of women notice acne outbreaks where they lean their hands against their faces.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have acne?
“My face is a wreck -- tons of zits and dry, peeling skin. I’ve been using an apricot scrub for the peeling and super moisturizer for the dryness, but nothing is defeating this acne.”
“Ugh, I’ve been just scrubbing my face with water for now because I can’t figure out my skin! It’s really broken out, even all on my chest. I usually have dry skin, and I still look a little 'flaky,' but then I touch it and it seems kind of oily.”
“Mine has been the same way lately. Dry and breaking out seems like an oxymoron to me, but not with pregnancy. I finally broke down yesterday and had a facial. I can already tell it made a big difference.”
Are there any other resources for acne during pregnancy?
American Skin Association
American Pregnancy Association
Plus, more from The Bump:
The Mask of Pregnancy
Skin Tags During Pregnancy
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