Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Acne and Pregnancy

Pregnancy can trigger acne or make existing adult acne worse. The higher levels of hormones called androgens are partly responsible for pregnancy breakouts. Androgens can prompt the sebaceous glands to get bigger and boost production of an oily substance called sebum. Acne during pregnancy can be mild, moderate, or even severe, and it can occur at any time during the pregnancy. It may come and go, or it may last the entire pregnancy. Acne in pregnancy is also a case to case basis as their are some women with acne-prone skin report a decrease in breakouts during pregnancy.

There are available acne medication which you can buy over the counter. But if you are pregnant, you need to consult your doctor first before applying any medications as there are medications that won't be safe for your unborn child.


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