Many women experience acne during pregnancy. It’s most common during the first and second trimesters. An increase in hormones called androgens can cause the glands in your skin to grow and produce more sebum, an oily, waxy substance. This oil can clog pores and lead to bacteria, inflammation, and breakouts.
Women who are prone to breakouts during their menstrual periods have a greater likelihood of pregnancy acne, according to March of Dimes. Fortunately, pregnancy and postpartum acne is usually temporary. It will likely clear up once your hormones return to normal. Treat pregnancy acne with the right skincare routine and try these all-natural remedies.
General Skincare Tips
Washing your skin too much removes its natural moisture. This can then increase oil production and make you more prone to breakouts. Very hot water can also be drying to your skin. The Mayo Clinic recommends using a mild, soap-free cleanser with cool or lukewarm water in the morning, at night, and after heavy sweating.
Aim for gentle exfoliation instead. Use your hands or a soft washcloth with gentle pressure and cleanse skin in a circular motion. Wash and rinse thoroughly. Pat skin dry instead of rubbing and follow with a gentle, oil-free moisturizer.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Soak a cotton ball with raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and apply to your skin to absorb oil. Mix one-part vinegar to three-parts distilled water. This will create a natural toner that is rich in naturally occurring enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda dries the oil on your skin and promotes healing. Make a natural spot treatment by mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water. Apply to individual pimples. Allow it to dry before washing off.
3. Citrus Fruit
Alpha hydroxy acid is found in citrus fruit like lemons and limes. When the juice of a lemon or lime is applied to your skin, it helps unclog pores and shed dead skin cells, according to the Mayo Clinic. These astringent and antibacterial properties make it effective as an exfoliant. Squeeze the juice from a lemon or lime and apply directly to spots with a cotton ball. Leave on for 10 minutes or until dry, and then rinse with cool water.
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