I unfortunately suffer from acne and have tried many natural and unnatural products from Proactive® to oatmeal and strawberry masks to keep acne away. Of course while being pregnant, you have to steer clear of so many products because they could cause harm to your growing baby in utero. I have five tips that I am going to share with you that will help your skin to breathe and leave your face with a healthy glow.
What many people don't know about acne is that in most cases, it has absolutely nothing to do with the cleanliness of your face or the foods you digest, and everything to do with your hormones. While pregnant, the spike in hormones can cause break-outs and unruly dry skin. Drinking water is a great way to keep your skin hydrated. Not only does water keep your skin hydrated, but it also helps to assist the excretion of toxins from your body.
Another tip is to keep your skin moisturized with a facial cream that is perfume-free. I keep my skin moisturized with Vanicream™, which is a safe lotion that is usually used to treat eczema. Another great moisturizer to use is aloe cream. I buy my bottles of aloe cream from the company Jason. I have very sensitive skin and have to stay away from all perfumes and extra ingredients that may clog my pores. Moisturizing your face is extremely important in keeping acne away because it stops dry flakey skin from clogging your pores. Your facial cream acts as a barrier that protects your pores from damage.
Also, don’t be afraid to use a topical cream for spot treatment on acne. Ask your physician for a pregnancy-safe topical cream for your acne prone spots. I chose to use clindamycin while pregnant and it helped tremendously with keeping my acne at bay.
It is also very important to keep a clean face at all times. Use a gentle soap without harsh chemicals in the ingredients. You want to stay away from micro-beads and scented wash. I use Simple® face wash because it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or perfumes that could upset my skin. I wash my face two times a day, in an attempt to not irritate my skin from over-washing.
Finally, a good work out can go a long way. Exercising helps to release endorphins and toxins in your body. Sweat is one way that toxins can escape. I know that when I work out, my skin tends to look brighter and have less acne bumps. I am very careful as to not wiping my sweat off while working out. I dab my face to keep from letting my top layer of skin from entering my pores and causing pimples. It is very easy to clog pores especially when you have sensitive skin.
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