First things First! So many of my clients and Social Media followers have one question in common and I get asked over and over.

“Why do I breakout when I’m pregnant?”

Is it even safe to treat acne while pregnant or should I wait until after the baby is born?  What is Pregnant Acne?

First things first! Any life event that affects the hormones has the ability to cause acne- and here’s why: Women experience many physiologic changes during pregnancy, including increases in androgen levels. When estrogen levels drop,testosterone, an androgen, stimulates the oil glands. Oil production increases, making an acne flare-up much more likely. This might lead to development or worsening of acne vulgaris and an increase in hair growth on various parts of the body

While hormonal acne is frustrating, it can be overcome with regular skin care treatments and safe, therapeutic-grade products. Products with mandelic, salicylic and/or benzoyl peroxide all used in the right way for your acne can keep hormonal acne from forming in the first place.

If you are trying to conceive, are currently pregnant, or are breastfeeding, I can recommend safe treatments and adult acne medication for minimizing breakouts. While hormonal acne is frustrating, it can be overcome with regular skin care treatments and safe, therapeutic-grade products.

Is it safe to treat pregnancy acne with Mandelic Acid, Salicylic Acid,Benzyole Peroxide,Topical Antibacterials, and Glycolic Acid?

Answer: With the exception of hydroquinone, which has a relatively high systemic absorption rate, and tretinoin, for which the evidence is controversial, these products act locally and therefore produce minimal systemic levels. Consequently, in most cases women can deal with these cosmetically unappealing skin conditions without compromising the safety of their unborn children.

Apart from hydroquinone (which is absorbed systemically in fairly substantial amounts and should be used very sparingly) and topical retinoids (owing to the troubling case reports), skin care products are not expected to increase the risk of malformations or other adverse effects on the developing fetus. Consequently, pregnant women can look their best without compromising the health of their unborn children.

Congratulations on these big changes, and if you’re ready to treat your acne now,contact your  local Face Reality Acne Specialist in your area who is trained (including myself!) and can help you no matter what stage of life you are in!

XO, Lori

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