Acne is one of the most frequently seen skin problems in pregnant women. Traditional treatments prescribed by doctors such as Retin-A and antibiotics are generally not prescribed during pregnancy due to the potential risk of harm to the baby.
Acne in pregnancy is often caused by the increase of Progesterone and the lack of adequate hydration. It is important to stay well hydrated during pregnancy, even if it sends you to the bathroom on a regular 30-minute rotation. Keeping yourself hydrated will help keep your skin clear. In addition, it's important to include an Omega-3 fish oil/or vegan flax seed oil supplement in your diet, supplied either by your physician or from a pharmaceutical grade brand. Omega-3 supplements can help your skin by reducing inflammation as well as balancing the level of androgens in the body. Androgens are hormones that influence the production of sebum in the hair follicle, excess sebum often results in acne as well as other related skin conditions. Androgens run a little amok in pregnancy, causing overproduction of skin oils to either give you that beautiful pregnancy glow or make you break out like a teenager. Not only do Omega-3's help balance the skin and reduce inflammation, they help reduce the risk for preterm birth and preeclampsia. Did we mention they help with brain development of the baby? And who doesn't want the smartest kid in the class to be their own!?
For your skin, we recommend our Healthy Skin TRIO; the TRIO will calm your skin without irritation, with naturally-based and calming ingredients. Our Extra Oil Controlling Pressed and Loose powders can help you control the hormone fluctuations of your pregnancy without looking oily.
Pregnancy is a special time in a woman's life, warmth, a gorgeous glow, new life; it's all exciting! Don't let oily skin or breakouts ruin this precious time in your life.
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