How to Have Clear Skin Safely During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is supposed to be a time of joyful happiness and glowing skin, right? Well that’s not how it always happens in reality. During pregnancy, there is an influx of hormones in the body which can lead to acne breakouts. During a time when women already feel self-conscious about their changing bodies, dealing with acne is just another thing to make them feel self-conscious. Feeling good about yourself during pregnancy is very important, especially during postpartum, when women are vulnerable to the “baby blues.”
Treating acne during pregnancy can be tricky. There are many medications and products that are perfectly safe when you’re not pregnant, but might be harmful to the fetus during those nine months. It’s important to talk to your obstetrician and dermatologist about which skincare products you’re using and if they’re safe. Thankfully, there are some safe options to treat breakouts during pregnancy.
Here are the treatments and ingredients on the do not use list during pregnancy:
- Salicylic acid
- Benzoyl Peroxide
What you can use safely to treat acne are the following:
- Lactic acid
- Glycolic acid
- Tea tree oil
- Green tea
- Light-based treatments, such as red and blue light therapy.
- Topical prescription acne medications, such as clindamycin, azelaic acid, erythromycin, and metronidazole
- The Clear Clinic Laboratories Safe + Sensitive Clear Kit
For more complete information on treating acne before, during and after pregnancy, check out the article on American Academy of Dermatology’s website (AAD).