Looking Your Best During Pregnancy: Answers to Your Frequently Asked Beauty Questions

How Can I Keep My Face Clear?

While some women notice that their acne actually clears up while they're pregnant, most women aren't so lucky. If you find yourself with new or worsening acne during pregnancy, you can thank all those hormones in your body. Certain pregnancy hormones are responsible for triggering the oil glands in the skin to make more oil. While some oil production is good (it prevents the skin and hair from drying out), too much can clog the pores, leading to breakouts. 
 
While you can't really prevent pregnancy-related acne, there are certain things you can do to help minimize the problem and improve your skin's appearance. One of the first steps is to follow a skin care plan that includes gently washing your face with a mild cleanser twice a day and after heavy workouts. Don't scrub your face or pick at pimples. These things can make your acne worse. Other tips include:
 
  • Avoid excessively touching your skin, especially in areas that are prone to acne.
 
  • Use cosmetics and moisturizers that are oil-free. Look for products labeled as noncomedogenic or nonacnegenic, which means they won't clog the pores. 
 
  • Make sure the objects you touch to your face are clean, including your hands and cell phone.
 
If you're following a proper skin care plan and are still troubled by acne, talk to your healthcare provider about a topical acne medicine. Don't use any medication, even over-the-counter (OTC) ones, without your healthcare provider's okay.
 
(For more information on this topic, see Acne Treatment During Pregnancy.)
 
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