Pregnancy Problems: Acne and Pimples.
Being pregnant is every woman’s dream, but the phase of pregnancy is nothing more than a nightmare. Particularly when talking about the external changes that take place on the body. One of the major nightmares is the development of pimples or acne on the skin. They are very common on the faces of pregnant women. On an average, more than fifty percent of women develop these during pregnancy.
The obvious reason for the development of acne and pimples is the drastic raise in hormone levels in the first trimester of pregnancy. The production of natural oils increases on the skin due to the high hormone level. Ladies who have a history of developing pimples during their menstrual cycle are the ones most likely to undergo such changes during pregnancy. Mostly, the presence of acne and pimples is seen on the first trimester and not in the later stages of pregnancy i.e. second and third trimester.
It is not easy to manage acne and pimples during pregnancy. This is because the prescription of medicine and other treatments are normally not preferred as it may cause complications in child birth. Hence, a pregnant woman should always avoid the use of medications that are not absolutely required to prevent the baby from any defects.
However, the bright part is that there are some remedies to the acne and pimples that can be followed without putting any danger on the unborn baby.
Acne and pimples during pregnancy are natural phenomenon and the skin will surely gain back its natural state after the hormone levels come to normal. Therefore, there is nothing to panic about! But if absolutely in need of some relief from this condition, then you could use home remedies or can talk to your doctor for proper guidance.
Treatments of Acne and pimples:
1. Treatment with drugs:
Tropical prescription is recommended by some doctors which contains either erythromycin or azelaic acid. Some other products can also be used that contain benzoic peroxide or glycolic acid. These medications need to be diluted so that only 5% of it is absorbed by the body and will cause no harm to unborn baby. However, doctors should be consulted before using any such product.
2. Drug free Treatment
The best way to stay safe from danger to your baby is by avoiding the use of any kind of drug in general. Hence to solve the pimple problems, one can take few natural actions to maintain good skin over the time of pregnancy. Here are five drug-free remedies that will help you:
1. Wash your face two times a day and avoid washing face after sweating.
2. Use oil-free and alcohol-free cleanser to wash face.
3. Rinse your skin under tolerable warm water after washing, and use moisturizer after the skin has dried.
4. To avoid oily skin, shampoo your hair regularly. Avoid oily hair near the hairline.
5. Most importantly, do not squeeze the pimples. As this may result in the growth of more pimples and also leaves permanent scars.
Treatments to avoid for pregnancy acne and pimples
An oral medicine, Isotretinoin, is commonly used by women to get rid of severe acne. But, this should be completely avoided during pregnancy. This drug holds the potential of harming the fetus and causing defects in the baby. The harm of this drug is so high, that women of childbearing age who needs to take this drug is required to stay on birth control at least a month before starting to use. Plus they also are asked to remain in birth control for one month after the therapy stops. Women have pregnancy tests before and after treatment.
Some other treatments that can cause defects in birth are:
- Hormone therapy, which includes therapy using estrogen hormone and etc.
- Antibiotics like astertracyclin, doxycycline and minocycline, which may cause discoloration of permanent teeth and inhibit bone growth.
In conclusion, pregnancy is a very sensitive period and high level of care must be taken. The change in hormone levels may cause the formation of unwanted conditions like pimples and acnes, but they will positively vanish once the hormones are down to normal. Therefore, there is nothing to worry them. Stay happy and don’t compromise with the baby’s safety!