Every woman has an ardent desire to look gorgeous at all times. It is also true in case of pregnant women but unfortunately it is the time when most of the women become victims of acne.
A pregnant woman is more susceptible to acne than anybody else. Different kinds of hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy make a pregnant woman more prone for acne
Acne during pregnancy is mainly caused due to the increased level of progesterone secretion. This progesterone elevates the sebum levels in your skin. The skin becomes oily and the acne gets space to creep in and destroy your beauty. The first 3 months of acne gives you a nightmare experience.
Women during pregnancy have to be very careful before taking any kind of drugs to combat acne, as most of the drugs have a negative effect on the developing foetus. Hence it is better to avoid acne naturally.
Safe Acne Treatments During Pregnancy
It is always safe to check the prescription before using any drug for acne during pregnancy. Benzoyl peroxide is the safe over the counter drug to use during pregnancy. Some of the over the counter drugs have salicylic acid in them which should be avoided. A health care professional can guide you better about the usage of over the counter drugs.
Natural Treatment Of Acne
Tea tree oil is one the safe natural drug that can be used to treat acne during pregnancy. A mixture of 5 parts of tea tree oil and 95 parts of water acts as a perfect medicine for your acne. It may be as effective as benzoyl peroxide but has very low side effects when compared to benzoyl peroxide. Honey is the natural anti bacterial that can be used to kill acne causing bacteria. A small quantity of pure honey applied on the face for a few minutes can keep those zits away. Clay masks, Bentonite and kaoline can also work against acnes.
A healthy diet can also help a lot to treat acne. A vegetarian diet and at least 2 litres of water intake per day can give you a relief from acne. Apart from the diet regular exercise (for pregnant women) and good amount of rest works too.
Medications To Be Avoided During Pregnancy
There a number of drugs that needs to be avoided during pregnancy. Acutane is a very powerful oral medicine used to treat acne. Acutane has been shown to cause birth defects in almost 25 – 30 percent of the infants. Tetracycline an antibiotic that prevents acne has also prevented the bone growth in babies and caused discolouration of the permanent teeth. Retin– A another drug for acne may not be good for the foetus. Thus it’s better to consult a dermatologist before taking any drugs.
Pregnancy acne in the first 3 months is because of androgen, whose effect can be masked by oestrogen as soon as the third month completes and your acne starts disappearing like magic. The best way is to wait for three months, but the options listed above can help you stop that acne and take care of your baby too.
Above all it is the health of the baby that matters the most to a mother.