It is well known that the raging hormones of pregnancy can causing mood swings, strange food cravings, and vivid dreaming. What takes many women by surprise is an outbreak of acne. At an age when many women assume they are past the ravages of youthful acne, pregnancy can cause skin flareups that need treatment. This raises the important question: Is it safe to use benzoyl peroxide during pregnancy? Are there other treatments to consider?
Caring for Pregnant Skin Naturally
During pregnancy extra caution is required to protect the health of the mother and the growing baby. One of the safest products to use is a vegan face wash made of healthy plant extracts and oils. Not only does it soothe and cleanse the skin, helping to curb acne breakouts, it also contains no harmful chemicals.
Another great product to try is blemish oil. Specially formulated to target breakouts caused by changes in hormones, this all-natural treatment is packed with plant based oils and extracts that reduce acne safely. Look for oils that include the following:
- Black cumin seed oil for antibacterial properties
- Tamanu seed oil to fight redness
- Lavender oil for soothing and calming the skin
- Blue tansy to repair damaged skin
- Rosehip oil lightens dark spots and fades scars
For more hormonal acne treatment options, take a look some common home remedies that have been proven successful in studies and practice.
- Tea tree oil is a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. A few drops on a blemish can significantly reduce redness and swelling.
- Jojoba oil can speed up healing so those acne lesions disappear faster. Place a few drops on a cotton pad and gently apply to your breakout spots.
- Echinacea has natural compounds that fight viruses and bacteria. Purchase an echinacea cream for daily use.
- Coconut oil is another anti-inflammatory that can reduce redness. Apply virgin coconut oil directly to your skin and soothe in.
- Rosemary extract is an antioxidant that can attack the acne bacteria in your pores. Apply a little to your skin morning and night.
The most popular over-the-counter acne treatments are creams or cleansers that contain benzoyl peroxide. This powerful medication works by killing the bacteria that causes acne. Used in conjunction with another popular treatment, salicylic acid, it has proven to be successful in clearing up acne and preventing future breakouts. But should a pregnant woman use it?
The general consensus is yes, benzoyl peroxide is safe for pregnant women. However, every woman, when pregnant or nursing, should check with her doctor before using any prescription or over-the-counter medicine. Some women have extra-sensitive skin when pregnant, and the benzoyl peroxide may be too harsh. It can dry out the skin and cause redness and flaking for these women. Testing it on a small area first is a good idea.
Salicylic acid, on the other hand, should not be used by pregnant women. There’s simply not enough information about this medication when applied topically during pregnancy. To be safe, try vegan, organic options to treat your hormonal acne.
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