acne during pregnancy

Question: I’m only nine weeks pregnant, but lately I’ve been breaking out like I did as a teenager. What’s with all this acne?! What can I do to treat it?

Answer: It’s because of pregnancy hormones; they cause your skin to increase how much oil it produces. You’re more likely to experience pregnancy acne if your skin usually broke out like clockwork before your periods. If your skin is acne-prone and/or oily, your acne will probably be the worst in your first trimester.

Here are some suggestions that may help keep your acne from flaring up too much:

  • Use a gentle cleanser, and wash your face 2-3 times a day
  • Don’t scrub your face too harshly: over-exfoliated skin is more at risk of breaking out
  • Apply an oil-free lotion: skin that’s too dry may become more pimple-prone
  • Only buy skin care products and makeup that are oil free and marked “non-comedogenic.” That means that they won’t clog your pores.
  • Make sure to regularly clean your makeup brushes, and anything else that touches your face (such as your pillowcase)
  • Don’t pop or pick at your face!
  • Drink plenty of water: it’ll keep your skin clear and moisturized

Make sure to check with your doctor before using acne medications, whether they’re something you apply to your face or take in pill form. Some acne meds aren’t safe to use during pregnancy.