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Being pregnant causes surges and fluctuations in hormone levels that mean you can experience different moods and emotions from one day to the next. But these hormone variations don’t just cause changes in the way we think and feel, they cause physical changes too.
One of the most noticeable, aside from a growing bump of course, is changes in our skin. Some women report better, more glowing skin during pregnancy. But others develop pregnancy acne, which can mean that they’re experiencing acne for the first time, or that their existing acne becomes worse.
This can be upsetting and stressful, at a time when hormones are already causing unpredictable mood swings. Added to this, you might be worried about what you can do about your skin, when the expectation is that your skin should be ‘glowing’. What safe pregnancy acne treatments are there and how good are they? Does acne go away after pregnancy?
Here’s our Sönd guide to safe topical acne treatments during pregnancy.
What causes pregnancy acne?
When you’re pregnant, levels of hormones called androgens naturally rise. These androgens are most commonly thought of as being male hormones, but they’re also present in female bodies.
When androgen levels increase, it causes the sebum glands in the skin to grow in size, and in turn produce more sebum. Sebum is an oily substance with a waxy feel, that’s naturally produced by the skin to help keep it hydrated. But when it’s produced in excess, it can cause blockages within the pores of the skin where naturally shed skin cells build up. These blockages trap bacteria, leading to inflammation and eventually, acne.
When does pregnancy acne start?
When pregnancy acne can starts will vary from one person to another but tends to start from week 6 of pregnancy.
A common question is whether acne is an early sign of pregnancy. Given that it is likely to only start after week 6 of pregnancy it isn’t a reliable sign of early pregnancy.
When does acne go away after pregnancy
Pregnancy acne usually clears up once you’ve given birth, but it can be distressing at the time you’re going through it.
How to prevent acne during pregnancy
The best way to prevent and manage pregnancy acne is to keep your hormones balance. Eat a healthy balanced diet with plenty of greens and foods that contain antioxidants. Combine this with plenty of sleep and low stress levels and you will give your body the best chance it has to keep it’s hormones balanced.
Our tips on caring for pregnancy acne
- Use a gentle cleanser twice a day to help wash away excess sebum without irritating the skin. (Washing more often than this, and the skin could become more inflamed.)
- Try to avoid rubbing your skin with face cloths or face towels or using exfoliating agents or astringent cleaners. Be as gentle with your skin as possible, using your hands to rinse your skin and gently patting it dry with a soft, clean towel.
- Use an oil free moisturiser and makeup products that are also free from oils. Look for products that are non-pore blocking, or ‘non comedogenic’.
- Be careful what you use on your hair too, particularly if you’re prone to acne breakouts around your hairline and forehead. Oily products such as hair serums can add to the oil on your skin.
- Be mindful of what else touches your skin. If you have naturally greasy hair, it’s best to wash it daily and avoid having a fringe or wearing your hair in a style that’s in contact with your face. Try to also avoid touching your face with your hands, especially if you wear hand cream.
- As much as it’s tempting to do so, avoid squeezing or picking at spots and blackheads. If you do, you run the risk of making the appearance of your skin worse and causing permanent scarring.
Treating pregnancy acne
There are various treatments for acne, such as blue light acne treatment, glycolic acid acne treatment and laser treatment, but not all are safe during pregnancy.
Some regular, over the counter topical acne treatments are unsafe during pregnancy. Topical acne treatments are treatments that are applied to the skin. Drugs present in medicated skincare are absorbed into the bloodstream and can cross your placenta and enter the bloodstream of your growing baby. Many of them haven’t been tested for their safety in pregnant women so should always be used with caution.
To find out about acne treatments and whether they are safe during pregnancy click here.
Skincare for pregnancy acne
Getting your skincare right to help support your acne prone skin is important and is even more so during pregnancy. Using harsh ingredients that strip the skin and are absorbed should be avoided, and instead, products should be used to support the natural defences of the skin.
An effective way of tackling pregnancy acne safely is to use skin nourishing cleansers and moisturisers that help combat the causes of acne, rather than simply treating the spots and breakouts that are a symptom of acne.
Pregnancy acne, or any other acne, is not caused by poor hygiene, unfortunately, it’s a condition that can simply be caused by our biology. Here at Sönd, we believe in holistic skincare and healthy living to help nourish the skin, whilst helping it to stay as healthy as possible.
Alkalising skincare - A pregnancy acne treatment that works?
We developed our range of skincare to help problem skin and we were uncompromising on the fact that it needed to get results. So we created Sönd skincare unlike any other and made it alkaline based.Most other skincare regimes on the market are acid based.
Alkaline skincare allows the skin to stay more hydrated and helps support the natural defences of the skin. This alkaline environment ensures that the skin cells can thrive and maintain their optimum health. The skin is less stressed and more balanced, allowing it to spend more time maintaining itself, rather than having to constantly renew in order to repair itself. The less stressed the skin, the more able it is to deal with the excess sebum that leads to acne.
Our skincare contains alkalising salts that create a hostile environment for bacteria. This means that bacteria cannot build up as much as they can in a more acidic, bacteria loving environment. Another win for acne prone skin.
Pregnancy acne is most common in the first and second trimesters, so early pregnancy acne treatments are important to help you tackle your pregnancy acne if its bothering you.
Our range of cleansers, serums and moisturisers could be the answer to your pregnancy acne. We even have a sample set that you can try to see just how good it is!
We hope you find solace in our alkalising, safe pregnancy acne treatments that work. Not having to worry about your skin will leave you to enjoy the rest of your pregnancy, nurture your growing bump and feel excited to meet your baby. We wish you all the best!