Have you heard the news? We’re expecting! In celebration of Baby Black (due in April!), we’ll be running a #InnerBeautyBaby series here on the blog equipping you with all the information you need to keep your skin vibrant and healthy during pregnancy. Got any tips of your own? Tweet us!
From strange cravings to waves of emotions, pregnancy hormones affect many areas of your life in different ways. And with all that talk of the “pregnancy glow,” it can come as quite a shock when you get your first pre-natal breakout. Especially during the first trimester, pimples can run rampant on your face as your body tries to cope with the influx of hormones. The fact is, your skin is different when you’re with baby, and you have to find a whole new way to handle it. If you’re currently dealing with pimples while pregnant, we’ve got a few tips that should make the process a little easier.
Stay away from acids
As we discussed in our last blog post, acids found in beauty products should be completely avoided during pregnancy. This includes salicylic acid, which is found in most acne products and facial cleansers. Swap your traditional method for a homemade spot treatment — we like apple cider vinegar.
Hold an ice cube or a frozen spoon to the blemish for a few minutes at a time. This should reduce swelling and redness.
Don’t pop it!
The last thing you want to do with any pimple, but especially while you’re dealing with sensitive pregnancy skin, is pop it and irritate it further. We know it’s tempting, but resist — you’ll only regret the minor satisfaction later when you’re dealing with scabbing and even more breakouts.
Know the difference
Don’t confuse a pimple for acne, or vice-versa. While a breakout or two is nothing to worry about, if you’re consistently fighting your skin you should always contact your physician.
With any new product, always consult with your doctor. One of the most important things to keep in mind during this journey is there are so many unknowns, so what worked for your skin before may not work for you now. Even if you don’t physically see or feel change, your skin will fluctuate constantly during pregnancy. Err on the side of caution — this isn’t a time to be experimenting with new products. Keep up with a routine. Less is best, from ingredients to steps. Focus on hydration (including serums!) and tons of SPF. You’ve got a lot to look forward to. Motherhood comes with concerns, but your skin shouldn’t be one of them. I’m on this journey with you — you’re not alone. If you have any questions, help is a phone call away.