Pregnancy brings about a lot of changes in a woman’s body. Expectant mothers not only need to make dietary changes to ensure that the baby is getting fed properly, but also need to make sure that they take enough rest and bring changes to their physical routine.
Of course, in bringing about all of these changes and in trying to take care of two lives – the mother’s and the baby’s – women often end up getting stressed, and this leads to more problems such as that of body ache, sore feet, pain in the lower back etc. But sooner or later, women do end up finding solutions to such problems and have them sorted. However, one problem that annoys most women and makes them irritated is that of pregnancy acne.
Pregnant women hate to see the constant outbreak of pimples on their face, and become very upset over this issue. This is even worse for those women who have never had acne problems earlier in life, and face it for the first time during pregnancy. But you must know that there are some very simple steps that you can take to get rid of this acne easily.
How to Control Pregnancy Acne
One of the major concerns while treating acne during pregnancy is obviously the baby’s health. Keeping this in mind, most dermatologists and skin experts do not suggest the use of oral medication to treat acne. There is a chance that some medicines actually work very well for your particular skin type. But with a baby in your womb, it is best not to take such risks.
You never know when the medicines might cause a reaction, which can cause complications in your pregnancy or can even affect the growth and development of your baby. Hence, make sure that allopathic and other kinds of oral medications are out of your mind.
What you can try using are some natural or herbal creams and lotions. These are made of natural products, and are therefore free of side effects. It is best to consult a doctor or a skin expert before you decide to buy a particular cream.
There are a lot of brands in the market these days with a variety of creams; all claiming to help you get rid of your acne. But in reality, only a few of them work. A dermatologist will help you choose one, which works for your skin type, based on proper analysis of what kind of acne you have, and the extent of it.
When suffering from pregnancy acne, you must know and realize that it is not always hormonal changes that cause such problems. Sometimes the reasons can be as basic as you not following proper skin care regime. Therefore, it is very important to eliminate such causes from your lifestyle, and then see what other triggers are causing the acne. You must ensure that your face is clean at all times, and that you wash it regularly during the day.
Remember, using soap or a cleanser always is not that important. Even plain water helps your face to get rid of the accumulated oil and dust, and helps you to maintain a clean skin.
Use of a cleanser should not exceed 2 or 3 times a day. And again, make sure that your dermatologist has approved the cleanser or soap that you use, so that it suits your acne condition and skin type. Even if your acne is actually being triggered by hormonal changes, these skin care steps will at least prevent the problem from worsening.
Drink lots of water daily. It helps your body to get rid of toxins and cleanses it on a regular basis. The more water you drink, the more your body will remain clean and the lesser will be the acne outbreak. Besides, water also helps your body temperature to remain cool. Heat on the other hand (internal and external both) can cause acne.
During pregnancy, your first priority with your diet is to eat those foods, which support your pregnancy and help your baby grow properly. But even in that diet, try and reduce excessively oily, salty and spicy foods, which can cause acne.
Make sure that you consume a lot of juices and other natural beverages such as coconut water, along with eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. This is because fresh fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, which are very good to cure acne and many other skin problems.
There is a myth that those who have more acne during pregnancy are actually carrying a baby girl instead of a baby boy, and that the coming baby girl would steal away all your beauty. However, that is something that shouldn’t bother you because science and medicine do not run on myths.
There are enough researches and case studies to prove that the amount of acne you have during pregnancy is in no way related to the gender of the baby you are carrying. Hence, do not stress over such small issues and worry so much, as stress too can increase the amount of acne you have. You should rather be happy that your hormones have triggered the right way and are causing the acne during pregnancy, because this means that once the pregnancy is over, the acne too will get over as naturally as it came!
You might come to know of a lot of women who claim that some over the counter medicines have worked very well for them. But you must realize that what works for someone else might not necessarily work for you as well. Each person’s case and extent of acne is different. So obviously, the treatment too for each person will be different.
Risk free medications like Homeopathy might be a good option, if you are really keen on taking some treatment. But beyond that, always remember that there is another life in your womb that you need to take care of. You can’t be selfish with the aim of clearing your acne, while putting you baby’s life at risk at the same time. So be wise and take a rational, well-thought decision.