For some women, acne becomes a problem or gets worse during pregnancy. Products to treat acne can cause ingredients that are unsafe for the baby. Even if the ingredients are safe, they tend to have harsh chemicals. These can irritate the skin, which can become more sensitive during pregnancy.
Natural skin care products are the best option for expectant mommies. You can find natural or organic lines in health food stores or on the internet. These products tend to be more expensive than many over the counter skin care remedies. Some women don’t mind the added expense, but others may not be able to afford it.
Fortunately, you can treat acne with remedies made at home. Lemon juice, an egg mask and garlic are believed to help acne. To make an egg mask, beat an egg in a small bowl. Use the whites for oily skin and the yolk for dry or sensitive skin. If you have combination skin, use the entire egg. Spread the mixture on your face and allow it to dry. Wash off the egg with cleanser.
The first step to preventing acne is to keep the skin clean. If your skin gets oiler during pregnancy, wash it with a gentle facial wash that is made for oily skin. You may need to wash your face three times, rather than twice each day. This will help prevent the oils from clogging the pores.
Diet and exercise benefit the skin. Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. The benefits of exercise for pregnant women are well known. Now we can add another benefit to the long list. Regular exercise helps increase circulation throughout the body, including to your skin. This helps keep the skin healthy and glowing.
Increase circulation and keep your body well hydrated to help heal and prevent acne. Water improves circulation, which will help flush toxins from the skin. Drinking water is important for you, the baby and the production of amniotic fluid. The benefits to your skin are a bonus.