Just when you thought you’d outgrown the acne that plagued you when you were a teen, it decides to make an appearance—one last hurrah during your pregnancy. You might have heard that pregnant women get that “glow” but unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky. Don’t just chalk up an acne breakout to the hormones and wait for it to run its course as that could have a negative effect on you, particularly your self-esteem, after you give birth. Consult an expert from an acne and skin care clinic like The Healing Station in Folsom, CA as early as possible.
Don’t Wait Too Long
Acne during pregnancy is essentially the same as any case of adult acne. The only difference is that pregnancy hormones could significantly increase the production of oil in the skin, which could mean more acne for you. According to the Academy of American Dermatology, waiting too long to seek treatment runs the risk of you developing dark spots and scars. Ultimately, the decision to seek professional help for your pregnancy-induced acne problems is yours alone; however, experts say that pregnant women will benefit from a professional consultation.
Why Professional Treatments are Important
It is no secret women are more vulnerable to hormonal changes when they are pregnant. You might become allergic to some skin care products that you used before. If you do decide to come in for skin care treatments in Folsom or anywhere else, it is best to go to professionals instead of following an at-home skin care regimen you found on the Internet. According to The Bump, an online resource for pregnant women, some products may contain chemicals that could be harmful for the baby. For instance, note that Retin-A (tretinoin), a known substance used to treat acne is generally not safe for use while one is pregnant.
It is better to go to a skin care expert for specific treatment of your acne type in order to determine the best solution. Before you start applying topical creams on your skin or taking oral medications, it would be well advised to consult a skin professional first.
Professional treatment combined with healthy practices at home can reduce breakouts. Aslo, maintaining healthy skin care habits before getting pregnant could reduce the chance of having acne during pregnancy. Washing with lukewarm water and mild cleansers are also recommended as well as using sunscreen to protect the skin from pigmentary changes.
To schedule a skin care consultation today call us at 916-294-9980 or you can conveniently schedule online by selecting the Schedule Online link at the top of our website.
Acne can put a damper on hopes of glowing skin during pregnancy, American Academy of Dermatology
Acne During Pregnancy, The Bump