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Acne During Pregnancy

Acne is a commonly occurring skin disease in from of zits, pimples and blackheads. It can affect a person during various stages of life cycle and is no way dependent on age but on skin type and hormonal changes in the body. Pregnancy is the time when major hormonal upheaval takes place in the body and enhanced hormones called androgens can prompt the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, which when clog skin pores result in acne. So it is safe to assume that pregnancy can cause outbursts of acne or make existing acne worse

Acne is treatable by the use of prescription medicines like Accutane, Retin-A, and Tetracycline. However scientific research has proved these three substances to be barred for treating acne in pregnant women or those who are trying to conceive. Let us deal with theses drugs one by one. Accutane may cause birth defects like craniofacial defects, heart defects, and central nervous system defects in newborn infant, if taken during pregnancy. Retin -A is also avoided for moms to be as its after effects can be dangerous. It contains Retinoic acid (Roaccutane) that can cause birth defects and in some cases miscarriage. Regular use of tetracycline may cause some inhibition of bone growth and discoloration of teeth in a fetus.

When it comes to use of over the counter cleansers, it is best to consult dermatologist first and then go for the prescribed products. Research has showed that products containing benzoyl peroxide are safe while those containing salicylic acids must be avoided. Similarly Prescription antibiotic creams containing erythromycin or clindamycin have been regarded as safe for use during pregnancy.

The most successful methods of treating acne during pregnancy are same as those used in normal course of life with minor alterations. It is essential to adhere to a strict cleansing regimen to control bacteria, exercise daily to maintain normal blood circulation in the body and skin and also incorporate plenty of fruits and vegetables in diet after thoroughly washing them. Exercise also reduces stress and yoga makes mind and soul calm. This is necessary as stress is another triggering point for acne.

It is imperative to use oil free skin products and if possible those made from natural products. Drinking plenty of water will keep skin hydrated and thereby regulate sebum production and keep acne in check.

Another step is to regularize the intake of vitamins in consultation with doctor. Some studies have reflected that high dose of Vitamin A used for treatment of acne can result in birth defects like learning disabilities, various brain malformations, heart defects and facial abnormalities. In such situation, instead of taking vitamin A orally, it can be taken from eating plenty of red, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables.

It is important to remember that Acne can be treated fully even during pregnancy and there is nothing to worry about it. It might seem challenging during pregnancy but in reality it is not that difficult if the skin care regime is adhered to. Being pregnant is the greatest joy for a woman and the skin should glow and look more soft and supple than ever.