Pregnancy is time of great change, largely brought about by your body’s increased production of hormones. Unfortunately, while pregnancy hormones can give you that coveted mom-to-be glow, they can also wreak havoc on your skin. Among the skincare issues expectant mothers can face, acne is one of the most common.
Pregnancy-related acne is largely attributable to an increase in progesterone production.
While progesterone is a key component in creating a nurturing environment for your growing baby, heightened levels can cause your skin glands to secrete more oil, called sebum. Excess sebum can clog your skin’s delicate pores, causing a build up of bacteria which can lead to blemishes and acne. However, the potential for pregnancy related acne can be significantly reduced by a maintaining a healthy diet and a solid skincare routine.
Preventing pregnancy-related acne starts with a balanced, nutritious diet. Here are a few things to consider:
- Make sure you’re getting a sufficient amount of vitamin A: not only is it critical to the formation of your little one’s heart, lungs, and nervous system, it also helps keep your skin radiant and healthy. You can find it naturally in foods such as milk, fish, eggs, carrots, and leafy greens.
- Cutting out or limiting sugar and refined grains, which can help reduce inflammation and glucose-induced insulin spikes, will do wonders for your skin.
- Unhealthy saturated fats, often found in fried foods and many baked goods, also aggravate acne. So try and fight through the cravings, replacing them with skin-boosting healthy fats like ones found in avocado, salmon, nuts, colorful fresh fruits and vegetables and, believe it or not, small amounts of dark chocolate (the darker the better) in moderation.
- Make sure to drink plenty of water. Staying well-hydrated helps flush toxins and impurities from your skin, helping maintain moisture and clarity.
And remember, eating healthy won’t just make you look and feel great, your little one will also reap the benefits of all those vitamins and minerals.
It is also important to develop a good skincare routine, using products that are free of toxins and dangerous chemicals which can be harmful to your growing baby.
Start by washing your face, twice a day, with a gentle cleanser. A mild product will open pores and thoroughly cleanse the skin without causing dehydration or irritation. Also, be sure to look for a cleanser that is, like all Rostoplasc products, free of parabens, petrolatum, and synthetic fragrances and perfumes.
After you’ve washed your face, applying a toner can help remove impurities deep within the pore and exfoliate dead skin cells. Just be sure to stay away from products that contain traditional acne-fighters such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, which should be avoided during pregnancy.
Finally, complete your regimen by applying a natural, chemical-free moisturizer. Cleansing and toning dries out the skin so, if you fail to moisturize, your glands compensate by ramping up oil production, exactly the situation you want to avoid.
Following these suggestions will help keep you looking and feeling beautiful throughout your pregnancy.