Anyone who has been pregnant through a New Orleans summer knows the miseries associated. Hot, humid, and sunny conditions often lead to increased swelling, less energy, and for some, increased acne. While most acne is caused by changing hormones in the body and can often be diagnosed as such based on the ‘t-shaped’ pattern on the face (forehead, around the mouth, and chin), it can be exasperated in a hot and humid climate. And while there are many acne treatments available, many of them are category C or more and therefore not recommended during pregnancy. Here are a few tips to help fight that summer acne outbreak that is safe during pregnancy.
Azelaic Acid – This is a topical cream recommended by dermatologists as safe to use during pregnancy. It treats acne by killing the bacteria that infect pores and decreasing the production of keratin. Apply once a day like a cream to the entire affected area.
Don’t Try New Products – Steer clear of ‘new’ products such as facial creams, moisturizers, or gels. Many products will aggravate the skin and cause acne to flare.
WashFace Twice a Day – Try to be faithful to wash twice a day and anytime after sweating or being outside for a period of time with a mild cleanser. Oils that stay on the face will only make acne worse.
Avoid Heavy Makeup – Try to avoid applying heavy make-up, especially when spending long periods of time outdoors. This will clog pores and make acne worse. Neutrogena makes a good compact powder foundation that is dermatologist recommended and will not clog pores.
Sunscreen – Sunscreen is definitely important to wear when pregnant but be careful not to use one that will make acne worse. Try Neutrogena Ultra Sheer sunscreen or a store brand with the same ingredients.
While none of these methods will completely get rid of pregnancy acne, they will definitely help to diminish it as well as any long-term scars.