- by Jahbuzor Eze
In order to avoid acne problems during pregnancy, this article will cover the following topics:
- the reasoning behind acne during pregnancy
- which acne treatments should be avoided while pregnant
- acne treatments that are safe during pregnancy
- the best foods to avoid acne
- the worst foods for causing acne and
- the importance of hydration to decrease pimples and/or acne break-outs during your pregnancy.
One of the most common symptoms during pregnancy is an increase in pimple and/or acne break-outs.
There are two reason as to why acne is a common symptom during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester (months one-three).
These two reasons are as follows:
- One – an increase in hormones (progesterone) and
- Two – an increase in the amount of fluid retained by your body.
Acne treatments proven unsafe during pregnancy
Hormone therapies acne treatments
Commonly hormone therapies are used to treat acne safely and effectively in women however, during pregnancy hormone therapy acne treatments such as flutamide and spironolactone are known to cause birth effects and should be avoided by all women whom are pregnant or desire to conceive.
Topical retinoids acne treatments
Topical retinoids are also used to safely and effectively treat acne however, topical retinoid acne treatments such as adapalene, tazarotene and tretinoin pass into the bloodstream and therefore, on to the growing baby.
Hence these types of acne treatments should be avoided by all women whom are pregnant or desiring to conceive.
Safely avoiding acne problems during pregnancy
To safely avoid acne problems during pregnancy without the risk of harming your developing child, we offer the following suggestions:
- Topical retinoids containing benzoyl peroxide such as Neutrogena Acne Line
- The use of foods, orally and topically
- The avoidance of foods known to cause acne
- The use of daily supplements
- It is suggested NOT to use products that contain salicylic acids, which is known to lead to birth defects and is used as a fungicide and in the creation of aspirin and dyestuffs.
Best foods to avoid acne while pregnant
There are two ways in which food can be used to prevent and/or decrease acne during pregnancy; both orally and topically.
When foods are used orally to prevent and/or decrease acne they are absorbed in the body (through the digestive system) and work by improving the overall conditions of the skin.
When foods are used topically, they are applied directly to the skin and work by being absorbed into the pores.
The best foods to apply to avoid acne topically include mixtures of the following; avocado, bananas, brown sugar, eggs, honey, lemon, milk, oatmeal, olive oil, pumpkin and yogurt.
Homemade facial mask for treating acne during pregnancy
1) Banana, lemon and honey facial mask
2) Edible mud mask
Supplements and essential oils for treating acne during pregnancy
Supplements that can safely be taken orally to avoid acne during pregnancy include; Vitamins A and E, Selenium and Zinc (50mg); each known to improve the overall conditions of the skin and should be taken once a day.
Another safe method for treating acne during pregnancy is the use of essential oils such as lavender and sandalwood. One or two drops of lavender oil can be mixed with 5ml of extra-virgin olive oil and applied to face at night as a night cream.
Sandalwood can be also be used as an acne treatment by mixing together one teaspoon of sandalwood (oil or powder), one teaspoon of turmeric powder, one teaspoon of water and a drop of camphor.
Apply this mixture to the face and wear over night as a mask.
Worst foods for causing acne
There are a number of foods that contain substances in which are known to increase the chances of pimples and/or acne break-outs.
These substances are found in processed foods, refined grains and dairy products and consist of the following items; milk, cheeses, sour cream, yogurt, ice cream, canned soups, frozen meals, lunch meats, breads, cereals, baked goods and much more.
The importance of hydration to avoid acne while pregnant
Hydration is one of the key elements to obtaining healthy, glowing skin. For women, it is suggested to drink 8- 8oz glasses of water each day; 8oz is equal to one cup.
However women whom are pregnant are suggested to drink 4 additional 8oz glasses of water per day:- that equals 12 8oz glasses of water per day.
This amount of water can be drunken by itself or in a juice or tea. Keep in mind, green tea is a natural component known to decrease pimples and/or acne break-outs.
To avoid acne problems during pregnancy and the risks involved with most acne treatments, it is suggested to consider the safer and more natural acne treatments offered in this article.
If it is found that these methods are successful in the treatment of your acne, it is suggested to continue their use during the period of postpartum (the period shortly after childbirth).