Dr. Yoram Harth, an Israeli dermatologist who has co-invented the blue light acne vulgaris phototherapy and a radio frequency device for home treatment for wrinkle reduction, says that that there are about 500 million people in the world who have acne,and about 50 million of this are Americans. This makes acne as one of the most common skin problems in the world.
Although this skin condition is non-life threatening, it can cause physical and psychological challenges, such as scarring, poor self-image, and low self-esteem. Moreover, pregnant women are not exempted from having acne. Before this cause you so much trouble, it is good to note that there are effective acne treatments for pregnancy that you can use to treat or keep acne at bay.
What is acne?
Acne is a skin problem that affects the skin’s oil glands and also hair follicles. The pores in the skin are connected to oil glands located under the skin. These oil glands produce an oily substance known as sebum. The pores are connected to the glands with a canal known as hair follicles. Inside these follicles, sebum carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. With each follicle grows out out to the skin a thin hair. There are times when the hair, sebum, and the skin cells clump together and clog the pores. This makes it easy for bacteria to form and cause swelling within the area. A pimple grows when the clogged pore breaks down.
Most of these skin outgrowth are found on the face. They can also grow in the other parts of the body, including the neck, back, chest, and even on the shoulders.
Interesting Facts About Acne
- Taking care of your skin may prevent an acne outbreak to become worse.
- Severe acne requires a specialist’s attention. Consult a dermatologist for the proper treatment.
- Squeezing pimples or acne will exacerbate the condition. Avoid it. Instead consider the tips provided below on how to treat or manage an acne outbreak.
- Americans spend more than 1M each year on acne products to treat this condition. Still there are about 40% of those who have this skin problem who do nothing to treat their condition.
- There are things that you do that may actually worsen an acne outbreak. These includes excessive washing and brushing, tanning, using too many topical products, and picking or squeezing an eruption.
What causes acne during pregnancy?
The overproduction of hormones in your body causes acne buildup, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. The good news, however, is that if you don’t see any acne buildup during your early pregnancy, it is most probable that you won’t have them for the rest of your pregnancy.
How to take care of your skin to prevent or treat acne?
We understand the inconvenience that having such a skin condition can bring to a pregnant mother. It is good to know that there are simple things that you can do to keep your skin healthy and say goodbye to acne during pregnancy. Read on to learn more about them.
- Baking soda and tea tree oil treatment. If you have acne on your back, you may need to use a backscratcher to clean hard to reach areas of your back. First, wash off your skin with a washcloth lathered with natural soap. Then use some baking soda to apply to areas of your skin where there are acne buildups. After two minutes, rinse with water. Then, pout three five drops of tea tree oil on the washcloth and massage your skin with it. Just leave it on the skin to dry. Do this three times in a day for best results.
- Drink water regularly. Water is your first line of defense against pregnancy acne. Keeping toxins out of your body is necessary to prevent skin problems like acne. You can easily do this by drinking 8-10 glasses everyday. This can also keep your skin’s natural moisture and allow it to stay healthy and young-looking.
- Maintain a healthy diet. What you eat also contributes much to how your skin’s health will be. Incorporating leafy greens, such as kale, lettuce, cucumber, beets, spinach, and the like will help keep your skin healthy. Taking in foods rich in anti-loxidants will keep your immune system functioning well. This will help ensure that your skin will also be free from free radicals that may cause an acne breakout.
- Cleansing Ritual. It is important that you keep your skin clean throughout the day. When you do, use mild cleansers. This will prevent the skin from any irritation while you are cleaning it. When choosing a product to use, you also need to take note of these harmful chemicals: oxybenzone (sometimes labeled as benzophenone), parabens (also listed as one of these on product labels: methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl), hydroquinone, artificial fragrances, DHA (dihydroxyacetone), and so on.
- Use sunscreen. During pregnancy pigment-producing cells known as melanocytes are on hyper-drive. This makes your skin to get easily burned and also prone to darkening. This requires you to use a sun protection product such as sunscreen. When looking for the best sunscreen, make sure to use one that provides full-coverage. This will keep not only UVB, but also UVA I and UVA II rays (these are the ones that can penetrate the skin and cause it to darken).
A sunscreen with SPF 15 to 50 will also be your best option. You will also need to check if there are harmful ingredients in the product, such as oxybenzone. You need to opt for an oil-free sunscreen as well. Finally, the sunscreen will be best used by rubbing it on the skin and not by spraying. By opting for a sunscreen lotion or cream that you can rub on the skin, you are sure than every inch of the skin is covered with the product. This also ensures that no portion of the product is wasted.
- Practice healthy skin care routine. This includes using products that are non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic as they won’t clog the pores. Clogging the pores, as mentioned earlier, causes acne. Allowing products that double the clogging will definitely exacerbate your condition instead of treating it.
You may also need to use clean bedings. Make sure that your hair, skin, and nails are thoroughly clean throughout the day and before you go to bed. Bed sheets, blankets, and pillows also need to be changed regularly to make sure that no dust, mites, bacteria, or germs stay trapped on the things that you use.
- Use natural treatment methods to manage and cure acne. There are so many natural ingredients that you can use to treat acne. Aloe Vera, Turmeric, and steam are just a few of them. Using them on your skin will not only be safe, but they will also be healthy for both you and your baby.
If you see early signs of acne, do not fret. Remember these tips and you will soon say hello to an acne-free and healthy skin.