Having a perfectly clear skin before getting pregnant is not a guarantee that a woman will not develop acting during pregnancy. If however you've had the condition before, it might get worse. This usually happens in the first trimester of the pregnancy and will eventually go away after.
Here are the frequently asked questions about acne during pregnancy and acne treatment:
1. Are there ways to prevent acne during pregnancy?
NO. During pregnancy your body produces more androgenic hormones than usual that stimulates the sebaceous or oil glands in your skin to produce more oil. This usually happens in the first three months of pregnancy. Your skin will eventually clear up after this but in some cases, the presence of acne all throughout the pregnancy can be noticed.
2. What type of acne will usually develop?
The most common are cysts and pustules. White heads and black heads are also noted to propagate as well as body acne in areas where there is a heavy concentration of oil glands like the back, neck, chest, arms, shoulders and the buttocks.
3. Will it go away after childbirth?
It is a case to case basis. Every woman is different. During the first trimester, the body produces high levels of progesterone. After that the level decreases and is replaced by estrogen. The skin clears up but occasional breakout may happen. Some women go back to their usual self after two months of giving birth while others especially if it is a pre-existing condition may experience outbreaks every now and then.
4. Will the baby develop acne in his or her teens if the mother has acne during pregnancy?
NO. There is no direct link to this unless it is in the genes of either parent. There are so many factors that contribute to the development of acne.
5. What medications are safe to use for acne treatment during pregnancy?
It is best to check with your dermatologist or OB Gynecologist. NEVER self medicate! This can make the condition worse and the medications might have adverse effects on the baby. It is better to be safe than sorry.
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