Handling Acne During Pregnancy

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Acne during pregnancy could come as a mild, moderate or even severe problem. It can happen at anytime during pregnancy and every women is equally susceptible to suffer from it.

Causes
Hormonal imbalance leading to higher levels of hormones called androgens are at least partly responsible for pregnancy breakouts because they can prompt the sebaceous glands in your skin to get bigger and boost production of an oily substance called sebum. This very excessive sebum combined with dead skin cells blocks the pores, thus leading to inflammation and acne.

Prevention
You could take certain preventive steps to ensure that the acne outbreak does not get too serious.

A) The first and the foremost, start drinking as much water as you can because it keeps the skin hydrated and helps skin cells flush out waste more efficiently. Moreover, during pregnancy skin is more likely to dry than in normal condition. So, drinking lots of water helps.

B) Add more fruits and vegetable to your daily diet. Eating raw vegetables is especially useful.

C) Take special care of hygiene. Wash your face with plain, running water as often as you can, and use mild cleanser as a face wash a couple of times in the day. Do not use too much of cleanser because that may have a drying effect on your skin. If your skin is oily, use homemade masks. They are very useful in absorbing excessive oil.

Treatment
* Regular exercise can help reduce acne during pregnancy. Exercise will help decrease your level of stress. Being stressed out can make acne worse. Exercise will also improve the blood flow throughout your body which will make your skin healthier.

* Another way to decrease breakouts is to watch what you eat. Fried foods and excessive sweets have been linked to blemishes. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables can help improve your acne during pregnancy. Click here to read more about food and acne.

* You should wash your face at least twice a day. Use a mild, oil-free soap, and don't scrub with a washcloth. Using a harsh soap and scrubbing at your skin will strip away the natural oil, sending the message to your glands to produce more. When you wash, use your hands or an oil-absorbing cloth to cleanse your skin. Then pat your skin dry and use an oil-free moisturizer.

* If you use make-up, make sure it is not oil based. Be sure to wash it off before bedtime. Excessive make-up can cause acne during pregnancy.

* Finally, don't squeeze or pop pimples. This will only lead to scarring. Also, try to avoid touching the pimples and then touching other areas of your face, as this could cause acne during pregnancy to spread.

If your skin problems become too uncomfortable, speak with your doctor. You may want to consult with a dermatologist, but you should make sure the dermatologist knows you are pregnant. Just to be safe, consult with your ob-gyn before taking any medications for acne during pregnancy prescribed by another doctor.

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