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Are you experiencing acne during pregnancy? This is a temporary problem, and while some women may choose to just ignore it, others would like to take action. You have several options, ranging from proper skin care techniques to prescription and over-the-counter medications. Not all products are safe for use in pregnant women, however, so check with your healthcare provider.


Do You Have Pregnancy-Related Acne?

Pregnancy comes with many expectations, but often reality doesn't quite measure up to those lofty dreams. Perhaps you were expecting your skin to take on a delightful glow, but in reality, you ended up with an ongoing case of acne that makes you want to never leave the house. Take heart! You're not alone, and it won't last forever. In the meantime, there are some things you can do to help keep your pregnancy-related acne under control.

A Common Problem

Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when an oily substance called sebum mixes with dead skin cells and clogs up the hair follicles under the skin. The clogged hair plugs up the pore, preventing sebum from reaching the surface. Bacteria can also get trapped. This leads to the formation of pimples.
Most people think of acne as a condition associated with adolescence, teen years, and young adulthood. While it is true that the majority of people with acne are in these age groups, it's also true that acne can affect people of all ages. In fact, many women in their 30s and beyond report being troubled by acne.
Because of hormonal factors, acne is also common during pregnancy. It can occur at any time during pregnancy, but is mostly an issue for women in the first trimester. Pregnancy can worsen acne in women who had the condition before becoming pregnant, or trigger new-onset acne in women whose skin was previously blemish-free. Still, there are some lucky women who find that their acne actually improves during pregnancy.
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