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How to treat: Pregnancy Acne

What do we know about acne?

Acne is a non-contagious skin disease which affects the hair follicles. As dead skin cells and sebum collect in these hair follicles (or ‘pores’ as they’re more commonly referred to) they create a plug or ‘blocked pore’ which in-turn develops into a pimple.

Although the cause of acne is unknown, Doctors believe that certain factors might encourage a flare up. Often genetics play a huge part in this but also hormonal imbalance’s, birth control medication (once you stop), stress, heat, sun and humidity, diet, and current skincare regime.

Does pregnancy increase the chances of getting acne?

Finding out you’re a mum-to-be can be a whirlwind of emotions and dare we say it, hormones! It’s these changes in hormones that increase the skins oil and sebum production ultimately resulting in acne, it can be minor or severe but it’s totally normal, in fact, statistics show that 1 out of every 2 pregnant women may experience an acne outburst. It’s more than likely to suffer within the first trimester as this is when the body is subject to that ‘shock’ of new hormones!

It’s more than likely, if you do experience pregnancy acne, that it’ll appear on the face but it can also affect other body parts such as the back, arms, thighs and buttocks

How can I predict and prevent acne during my pregnancy?

You simply can’t! It can affect anyone at any time. Unfortunately, if you’ve suffered with acne during your teens or previously, you’re at a greater risk of dealing with acne during your pregnancy than say; a woman who’s never had to treat the skin condition.

How can I treat it?

Acne is a really tough skin condition to treat as it requires deep medical attention to be properly cleared and unfortunately, most of the medications aren’t safe during pregnancy. However, all hope is not lost! We’ve listed a few ingredients that aid pregnancy break outs, however, we have to stress that not ALL products containing these ingredients, will be safe for use. So, before applying, please do your research and seek advice from a professional to confirm the go-ahead.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is a natural substance found within the body, it can hold 1000 times it’s own weight in water, making it a great humectant. It will improve skin hydration and production of collagen, fight free radicals, maintain skin elasticity, and even has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that aid wound healing.


Azelaic Acid

Azelaic acid is a dicarboxylic (means it contains two carboxyl groups in the molecule dicarboxylic acids) acid that’s synthesised by yeast naturally; now it’s made from products like barley and wheat, on it’s own, it’s simply an acid so it’s safe for ladies who are intolerant to gluten. It works as a very mild skin exfoliant and aims to unclog blocked pores, in this case – sebum. It’s rich in antioxidants and reduces skin sensitivity, redness and those very pesky ‘under the skin’ bumps.


Glycolic Acid

Also known in it’s proper form ‘AHA’ or Alpha Hydroxy Acids. AHA’s are natural substances found in fruits (Glycolic acid derived from sugar cane) and milk-based products (Lactic acid derived from milk). They act as an exfoliant to break down the glue-like layer that adheres the dead skin cells to the skin, this reveals that smooth and soft complexion we look for after exfoliating.

As AHA’s are attracted to water, they’re a great humectant, which means they draw in moisture and offer hydration. Not only this, they also they work to fight against fine lines and wrinkles on the upper-most layer of the dermis.

A product with AHA is mostly suited to those with dry or sensitive skin as it’s gentle yet effective and will also work to reduce sun damage and pigmentation.


Gentle Facials & Skin Peels  

Always check with a professional that the treatment is safe to have while pregnant, but a deep cleansing treatment will work wonders to clear and soothe pregnancy acne. The power of natural acids and active ingredients work to deeply exfoliate and brighten the skin. Skin Peels work to stimulate new cell growth and collagen production, helping to reveal fresher, clearer, brighter skin.

Our variety of industry leading Skin Peels use a non-toxic chemical solution to remove the top layer of dead cells which encourages new, fresh ones to grow in their place.


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By HC MedSpa
24th June 2019