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Pregnancy and acne

Acne in pregnancy is very common, due to the increased level of hormones in your body, particularly those that are present during your first trimester. The higher levels of hormones (called androgens) cause your skin to produce more of your natural oils, which can lead to spots.

If you already have acne and you get pregnant, or have had acne in the past, you may be more prone to skin problems during your pregnancy. However, your acne will usually ease after the first trimester when your hormones settle down.

Acne treatment in pregnancy

Some acne medications are not suitable for use when you are pregnant (or trying for a baby) because they can affect your unborn baby’s health. So, often, drug-free treatment will be recommended for pregnancy acne. Read more about treatments here.


You can also help your acne symptoms with some self-care tips:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet and drink plenty of water.
  • Don’t squeeze, pick or scratch spots, as this can introduce new bacteria and also leave long-term scars.
  • Wash the affected areas with mild soap or a gentle cleanser, twice each day, but no more, as this can affect the balance of your skin.
  • Shampoo regularly to help prevent spots on your hairline.
  • Avoid irritants and use a gentle, oil and alcohol-free cleanser.
  • Use a clean flannel every time you wash your face to avoid introducing new bacteria.
  • Change your pillowcases regularly, as the bacteria can live on the material.

If you are planning on starting a family and are receiving treatment for acne, you should check with a doctor whether your current medication is safe. Book an appointment today.

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