Acne After Pregnancy

Submitted by Nic on February 15, 2012

There are several changes that woman’s body goes through during the course of pregnancy, mainly due to drastic hormonal fluctuations that take place with the body. One of the changes that many women have seen is the appearance of acne, where there was none before. Many women claim that they get acne during pregnancy, which disappears on its own, after the baby is born, without any treatment. Unfortunately, in some instance, it is also possible for women to see hormonal acne after pregnancy. Some women also experience severe cases of acne after pregnancy, for the first time, due to hormonal problems.In most...


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Common causes of acne after pregnancy

It is very common to see women suffer from severe acne after pregnancy, especially if they are breastfeeding. This is because the body is still experiencing hormonal fluctuations and needs more time to settle down. Health experts state that the levels of progesterone increase when the woman is pregnant, so that the lining of the uterus stays healthy. Hence, once the baby is born, the hormonal levels are bound to fluctuate, so that the return to normal. This in turn increases the production of oil in the oil gland, which could block the pores on the skin, resulting in bad acne after pregnancy.

Treatment of acne after pregnancy

Fortunately, there are several ways of treating acne after pregnancy, even for those women who are breastfeeding. First of all, women should ensure that they use a mild facial cleanser on a daily basis, to get rid of the excess oil and all the germs from the surface of the skin. Cleansers that contain sulfur are good for nursing mothers, as it contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which enable the skin to heal faster. Also read more on acne remedies during pregnancy.

One of the home remedies for treating acne after pregnancy include the application of milk to the face and rinsing it off after a few minutes. A diet plays a very important role the overall health of the body, including acne. Hence, women should ensure that they follow a diet that mainly consists of fresh fruits and vegetables. Drinking around 10 to 12 glasses of water each day is also a natural way of dealing with acne after pregnancy.

In case of cystic acne after pregnancy, it is important to consult a doctor, or a skin specialist.

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