Pregnancy causes a series of hormonal changes in your body. One group of hormones in particular, called androgens, can cause pregnancy-related acne or make existing acne worse. While you can’t necessarily regulate your body’s hormonal changes, you can take steps that may help prevent and treat your acne. It’s important to talk about your skin care regimen with your doctor because most of the popular prescription acne medications and many of over-the-counter treatments contain ingredients that can cause serious birth defects.
Wash your face each morning and evening with a mild soap that doesn’t contain a lot of fragrances and additives. Pregnancy hormones can cause increased oil production and keeping your face clean will help prevent breakouts. Use room temperature water rather than hot water. Avoid harsh exfoliants that may irritate your skin.
Pat your face dry with a clean towel, then apply a light, oil-free facial moisturizer. Moisturizers prevent your skin from producing excess oil in times of perceived dry skin.
Change your makeup routine so that you’re only wearing it when you feel it’s necessary. Choose oil-free makeup that states on the label that it doesn’t clog pores and apply it sparingly. Avoid daily use of makeup as a way to cover your acne because some cosmetics can make it worse.
Keep your face free of excess oils and acne-causing bacteria from outside sources by keeping your hands away from your face. Tie your hair back if it gets oily or if you use styling products that could irritate your skin. Wash your pillow cases regularly in hypoallergenic detergent. Clean your cell phone with an antibacterial cleansing wipe.
Keep hydrated and eat a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables to provide the necessary nutrients and moisture for clean, healthy skin. While it’s a myth that fried foods and chocolate cause acne, it is true that good nutrition helps cultivate good skin.
See your doctor if changes to your skin care routine don’t help clear and prevent your acne. Some prescription topical antibiotics and over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide treatments may help. Your doctor will help you weigh the potential benefits with any potential risks.