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Pregnancy medication safety: Acne

That moment when you are avoid posting your baby bump pictures on your social media because your face is going through all kinds of highs and lows and you do not want to be referred to as the lady with a ‘grater face’

Pimples,blackheads and bumps are forms of acne typical with 1 in 2 pregnant women experiencing it as a symptoms of pregnancy. It will be common in the first and second trimester of the pregnancy due to increase in the level of hormones. If the woman out of pregnancy suffers from acne, it may become severe during pregnancy.

As it is managing acne during pregnancy is challenging especially if it is severe . This is because the treatment for severe acne is Isotretinoin is an oral medication that has revolutionized the way severe acne is treated. However, it’s especially dangerous when you are pregnant. That’s because the drug can affect a fetus and cause serious birth defects. 

Pregnancy acne is a natural, cosmetic condition. It usually subsides when hormone levels return to normal. So the safest thing to do is to avoid any prescription acne medications or over-the-counter chemical spot treatments. Instead, you can rely on drug-free home remedies. But before starting any acne treatment when you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk with your doctor about what’s best — and safest — for you. 

For the same reasons, some experts also recommend against using topical treatments containing salicylic acid. This is an ingredient found in many over-the-counter products. So again, be sure to consult your doctor before you start any acne treatment

Pregnancy acne is a natural condition that usually resolves after childbirth. So, the safest course of action is good skin care. Here are some methods for coping with pregnancy acne that are drug-free:               

  • Limit washing to two times per day and after heavy sweating.               
  • When you do wash, use a gentle, oil-free, alcohol-free, and non-abrasive cleanser.               
  • Use a cotton pad or washcloth to lightly wash your face (but change and use a clean cloth or pad each time).    
  • After washing, rinse your skin with lukewarm water. Then gently pat dry and apply moisturizer.       
  • Avoid over-cleansing. It can overstimulate the skin’s oil glands.               
  • Shampoo regularly. If you have oily skin, it’s best to shampoo daily. Avoid oily hair mousse or pomade near the hairline.               
  • Change your pillowcases frequently.               
  • Keep your hands off your face because there are bacteria on the fingers.               
  • Use earbuds. Don’t hold a cellphone against the face.

Above all, avoid the temptation to squeeze or pop your pimples. This usually results in permanent acne scars. If you have clogged pores, get a professional facial.

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