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How to Minimise Acne During Pregnancy

Here's What to Do If You Get Acne During Pregnancy, According to Dermatologists

Acne can really knock your confidence, as anyone who has suffered with it will attest. Even after identifying which type of acne you have and trying dozens of treatments, you might still have skin concerns. This is particularly true during pregnancy. Your body goes through multiple hormone changes when you're expecting, so skin flare-ups can be more common. We spoke to experts and dermatologists to find out why this is happening and what you can do about it.

Why might women be prone to acne during pregnancy?

Dr Rupert Critchley, GP and founder of Viva Skin Clinics, says that the major cause of acne is hormone fluctuation, as there is an "increase in androgens, especially during the first and second trimesters of pregnancy." Dr Adam Friedmann from The Harley Street Dermatology Clinic says this hormone increase can cause the skin to produce more sebum, clogging follicles and leading to breakouts. Dr Friedmann also makes an interesting and surprising point that many women have "recently stopped hormonal birth control before they become pregnant, and this can cause acne to flare up".

Can acne be prevented during pregnancy?

Dr Critchley says that pregnancy-related acne is unfortunately not preventable, but thankfully it does settle down after the hormone levels stabilise. However, there are things you can do to minimise the acne.

What women can do to treat and minimise breakouts?

According to Dr Critchley, benzoyl peroxide-based products like Dermalogica Special Clearing Booster (£31) can be used for bad breakouts. Dr Friedmann adds that antibacterial and peroxide washes and topical agents containing clindamycin are safe to use, as well as some antibiotics for particularly severe acne. However, he does note that many topical acne treatments haven't had sufficient studies on pregnancy and advises that someone always consults their GP before trying a new treatment.

How should women change their skincare routine during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, a basic skincare approach is best. Twice daily cleansing, using non-comedogenic creams, and, for some people, avoiding oil-based products (including makeup) can reduce spots. Try using oil-free foundation and don't forget to also use sunscreen daily.

What ingredients should be avoided during pregnancy?

Dr Friedmann says that retinoic acids should be avoided at all costs during pregnancy in both topical and tablet form.

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