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Manifestation of Acne during Pregnancy

Aug 17, 2007
Being pregnant is both a beautiful and fascinating thing, and the act of giving birth is something else even more miraculous. However, the last thing you want to worry about during this special period of life is acne. In fact, acne during pregnancy is very common, and if you have not already guessed, is because your body is undergoing huge hormonal changes during pregnancy, which causes the formation of acne, very much similar to the cause of acne in teenagers and new adolescents.

If you are newly pregnant, or want to be, do not worry because acne in pregnancy is actually treatable, and is temporary. Once you reach full term at 40 weeks, or thereabouts, and when your hormones have calmed down, the acne usually clears out. Most women report that acne during pregnancy is the worst in the second trimester, and calms down in the third. Acne during pregnancy is not something you should worry about, it should actually instead be used as a marker that you body is going through the right changes in pregnancy, and that your baby is developing as it should do.

Treating acne in pregnancy is in fact something you should be very cautious about. You should not treat acne the way you would normally treat it, for example, with oral medication. This is because oral medication such as Ro-accutane can go into your baby's circulation and cause severe liver and nervous system damage to its body. It is actually required that most oral medications that a woman take be accompanied by birth control pills to prevent damage to the fetus.

The best thing to do is to control it with special creams, face washes and lotions. High-end treatments such as laser therapy and microdermabrasion can also be indicated in these situations, and are also highly efficacious.

Further things you can do to prevent or reduce acne in pregnancy, is to eat a lot of healthy food, keep drinking a lot of water, and prevent doing too much exercise and getting too sweaty, as this is also a causative agent for acne formation.

If things do get serious, which is rare, you should talk to your physician who will refer you to a gynaecologist, obstetrician, or dermatologist. These professionals will be more familiar with pregnancy acne than your normal family doctor.

Remember that in the end, pregnancy is a beautiful thing, and that side-effects such as acne, and even things like increased frequency of vomiting and feeling sick, are normal. Although they are not pleasant, it is a sign that your baby is growing well, and that things should go smoothly.
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Asanka Samaranayake (BSc Hons Neuroscience) and Darren Patten (Bsc Hons Surgery & Anaesthesia)have a specialist interest in microdermabrasion and provide you with an indispensable resource at Microdermabrasion Info. Net
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