What to do when acne strikes in pregnancy


February 22, 2018

What to do when acne strikes in pregnancy |

Q: I hear that women are meant to glow during pregnancy, but what I am experiencing are pimples all over my face. What can I do?

A: Acne is caused by a blockage of skin pores, usually by the natural oil (sebum) produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin, dead cells or even dirt and bacteria. In pregnancy, some women experience an increase in sebum production. Again, we blame the raging hormones! While oestrogen makes the faces of some women glow, progesterone stimulates sebum production in others, making acne more likely.

Who gets acne in pregnancy?

Anyone can! Some women who never had an acne problem are plagued by it during pregnancy, while some who are acne-prone suffer even more. For a lucky few, their bad acne totally disappears during pregnancy, only to reappear after delivery. Poor hygiene, dust and increased humidity may also aggravate an existing acne problem during pregnancy.

Treating acne in pregnancy


  • Twice daily washing of the face with warm water and a facial cleanser is key. Your cleaner should not harsh and you should use a light moisturiser afterward. The aim is not to completely strip away the oils and leave the face dry as that may trigger even more oil production.
  • Also, avoid touching the pimples as you may inflame or infect them even further.
  • You may want to reduce the amount of oil products used on your hair because they can provoke acne.

Topical treatment

Salicylic acid and glycolic acid containing products seem to be safe in pregnancy but topical retinols can result in birth defects or miscarriages and they must never be used!

If terribly infected, a doctor may prescribe some antibiotics that are safe in pregnancy but tetracycline must never be taken as it permanently stains the teeth and bones of the baby. To play it safe, you may want to go natural:

Home remedies

Honey, oatmeal, green tea oil, apple cider vinegar and lemon are some of the remedies that have been said to work in treating acne. Keeping adequately hydrated is also very important.

Final word

If your face is plaqued by acne, then you should observe a stricter hygiene, using mild products, though. If the condition does not seem to improve, then you should see your doctor who can prescribe something safe for you.

You can always call or chat with a doctor or specialist on doctordial.ng for answers to all your health questions.



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