I was one of those super lucky girls my whole life. I think I had two, maybe three pimples before...
I was one of those super lucky girls my whole life. I think I had two, maybe three pimples before I turned twenty-five years. Blame genetics or the fact that I wear no make-up but I sure felt blessed. Then... I got pregnant. During my pregnancy I had four pimples! That's a lot for someone whose had three her whole life. Some women get many more. In fact some pregnant women experience the biggest acne outbreaks they've ever had during pregnancy and skin blemishes can also be common. Both are due to hormonal fluctuations. During pregnancy you hear, "glowing" and so you expect to glow. Acne can be a miserable surprise. Some women experience facial acne but acne elsewhere (like shoulders and back) can also occur. The first thing to do is check with your care provider so they can work with you to find a safe treatment. There are absolutely some acne medications you should not touch during pregnancy. Accutane is one to stay away from. Retinoids have been known to cause birth defects -- so items like Retin-A (off limits). Salicylic acid is another ingredient that has not been fully studied for pregnancy use. Although the oral version has caused issues for some pregnant women. It's best to avoid. Most likely your care provider will give you the go ahead to use a pimple treatment that contains benzoyl peroxide. You can also see a dermatologist and try blue-light laser therapy. Some easy things to try include cutting out any extra sugar from your diet and getting plenty of sleep. Both can contribute to clearer skin.

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