Pregnancy is a wonderful but a challenging time! And acne can make it even more challenging. You may have entered your pregnancy with existing acne breakouts. Or even more frustratingly, hormones may cause breakouts to re-occur or worsen. But the good news is that the same three avenues of acne treatment used outside of pregnancy – topical treatments, oral treatments, and facial acne cleanings – are still applicable… with some caveats.

If you have acne when you get pregnant, there’s a 50/50 chance it will get better, just from being pregnant. There’s also a 50/50 chance that due to your altered hormonal state, it will get even worse. And, if you don’t have acne, pregnancy may even cause it.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to predict who the lucky first group will be. However, if you’re in the second two groups, and you’re more apt to be in these groups if you often have a flare up at the start of your menstrual cycle, here are some tips to help you control your pregnancy acne.

Topical treatments that are generally considered safe in pregnancy are acne face washes and toners.  And of course at the Spa Within we have both.  We also have salicylic acid products. We recommend at home glycolic products throughout pregnancy as a whole face treatment to help prevent breakouts as well as a spot treatment for specific blemishes.

Cleaning out clogged pores and blemishes is also very helpful and need not be avoided in pregnancy. Whether done by us at the Spa Within or in a dermatology office, it results in faster resolution of pimples. Professional-strength glycolic treatments help to both prevent new breakouts and treat existing ones. And again we do glycolic treatments at the spa. 

As with most courses of acne treatment, it’s recommended to start with the simplest solutions and step up the treatment only if needed.

Pregnancy is a wonderful but challenging time. However, I can now say that being able to treat your breakouts with these techniques hopefully will make it just a little less challenging! Call the Spa and ask for Alana or Anne for your facial treatment.


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