Breakouts When I Should Be Glowing

Posted by Lauren Robinson May - 8 - 2014
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You’re pregnant! You should be glowing, you should be the happiest you’ve ever been, and everything should be perfect- right? Well sometimes our presumptions and our hormones don’t line up perfectly. It’s not that you aren’t glowing, it’s just that even the slightest sign of a blemish or pimple ruins, what could be, a perfectly painted pregnancy picture.

You may have history of slight blemishes, or a history of perfectly clear skin. No matter what the history is, pregnancy puts every woman on the same battle ground. And the fight against Pregnancy breakouts is ours! During this magical time your body will not only fluctuate hormone levels, it will also a produce substantially larger amount of hormones. One kind of hormone, for example, is androgen. This hormone actually prompts sebaceous glands in the skin to increase and boost the production of an oily substance called sebum. Because of the fluctuation in your hormone levels during pregnancy, blemishes and breakouts can come at any time. Whether they show up sporadically throughout the entire pregnancy, or they only greet you during your first trimester. And ladies, it isn’t just your face. Blemishes can show up on your chest, back, and even arms.

While knowing the problem is simple, finding a baby-safe solution may be a little tougher. It truly depends on what you prefer, but there are options. Washing your face gently, with your hands (scrubbing with a cloth can aggravate pores), and also with a mild soap or cleanser may work for you. However if you prefer something a little more powerful, it may be in your in best interest to contact your health care professional or dermatologist. Once recommended a product, be sure to ask questions to make sure it’s safe to use while pregnant. And even once your doctor tells you it is safe, feel free to do your own research or even look up reviews on the product from other moms that have used it.

Another pregnancy precaution to take is an easy one and a prescription won’t be needed. Simply protecting your skin from the sun can also help to reduce blemishes and discoloration during pregnancy. Using water-based products that contain SPF 30 are great, and may help you to see that glow that you’ve been missing. But no matter what steps you take to clear up your skin, you may want to act fast. That’s because once the pregnancy is over, all of your bumps and blemishes should begin to fade on their own.

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  2. Michelle F. says:

    Yes… breakouts have been a pain from the start! For me, they came in cycles (scattered pimples first trimester, clogged pores along my hairline second trimester). But it’s all worth it! Can’t wait to get my normal skin back soon!