Acne during pregnancy in Charlotte

Acne has a way of showing up at those times in our lives that we deem most important; your prom night is always one to remember. Perhaps you need to make a presentation at work, the day you have scheduled your family pictures, even on your wedding day. Well, add another significant event to the list, but this time your acne could be more intense and last for weeks or months… (drum roll please) when you are pregnant.

What causes acne during pregnancy?

Acne breakouts are very common sometime around week 6 of pregnancy. By this time significant increases in hormone levels, particularly progesterone, which causes your sebaceous glands to increase acne-causing secretions of sebum. This inevitably clogs the pores, causing bacteria to build up, leading to breakouts. At the same time, your body is also retaining fluids which contain toxins that can also lead to the formation of pimples.

Can I prevent acne during pregnancy?

Many women develop acne during pregnancy, even if their skin has been clear for years. For others, pregnancy is causing them to develop acne for the first time ever. Either way, we should accept that changes in the skin are very common during pregnancy. The decision to treat acne during your pregnancy depends on your skin, your health, and the advice of your obstetrician and your dermatologist. Your best option is to start out to prevent breakouts by taking good care of your skin during pregnancy. Surprisingly, it’s not too different from skin care when you are not pregnant:

  • Always clean your face with a mild, soap-free cleanser twice a day.
  • Wash and rinse meticulously around your hairline and jaw. This is where pores are more likely to get clogged.
  • Wash your hair regularly, especially if it is naturally oily.
  • Change your pillowcases often.
  • Face and body towels must always be clean and freshly laundered.
  • Avoid the temptation to scrub zits away.
  • Don’t squeeze or pick at pimples. This will only make them last longer and can cause acne scars.
  • Moisturize with an oil-free moisturizer.
  • Use skin care, makeup, and hair care products that are oil-free and are labeled non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic.
  • Increase your dietary intake of vitamin A through foods. Avoid vitamin A supplements because it is known to cause birth defects.
  • Avoiding or cutting back on sugar and refined grains can do wonders for your skin.
  • Unhealthy fats can aggravate acne, replace them with skin-boosting fats like avocado, salmon, walnuts, and almonds.
  • Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin moist and clearer.

If you feel that acne medications are necessary, consult your Charlotte dermatologist. She can recommend topical acne treatments that are okay to use.

Acne skin treatments in Charlotte, NC

If you seek to avoid problems with your skin, hair, or nails, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality and innovative treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Deborah Nixon is a board-certified dermatologist whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your cosmetic concerns.

Their range of services includes medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. In addition to Halo by Sciton, they provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. Treatment is available for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin evaluation and analysis of stubborn fat to see if you are a candidate for acne scar treatment.


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