Skin Care in the First Trimester

by Anai Rhoads

Acne is often caused by the rapid changes in hormones and their affect on the oil-producing glands of the skin. Since pregnancy has such an impact on a woman's body, acne cannot be ruled out. During the first trimester, you may notice changes in your skin that are unpleasant.

If you suffered from moderate acne during PMS, you will find slightly more or the same for the first couple of weeks. It will decrease as your pregnancy progresses and go back to normal after the birth.

Unfortunately, the medication typically given for acne problems are not safe for pregnancy. Retin-A for example, can seep into the skin and travel through the bloodstream to the placenta. Retin-A is a form of Vitamin A, which in high doses can lead to brain damage, miscarriage and still birth. Other medications for acne that should never be used include Accutane and Tetracycline. Never assume that a topical medication wouldn't harm your unborn baby.

To help minimize the breakouts, go for the natural methods women have used successfully for years:

  • Say no to oil based foundations, creams, lotions, cleansers
  • Never scrub your face with loufa sponges or towels
  • Avoid abrasive cleansers, scrubs or exfoliants
  • Avoid touching your face throughout the day
  • Never attempt to "pop" your pimples, that may lead to infection
  • Wash your hands thoroughly

What Helps:

  • Use an oatmeal-based facial scrub to help clear your pores
  • Water based make-up, foundation, creams and lotions

If skin becomes infected see your doctor. She may prescribe benzamycin cream or gel.

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