Acne during pregnancy? Try these natural remedies
Pregnancy Acne: Many women experience acne during pregnancy. It’s most common during the first and second trimesters.
An increase in hormones called androgens can cause the glands in your skin to grow and produce more sebum — an oily, waxy substance. This oil can clog pores and lead to bacteria, inflammation, and breakouts.
Women who are prone to breakouts during their menstrual periods have a greater likelihood of pregnancy acne, according to March of Dimes. Fortunately, pregnancy and postpartum acne are usually temporary. It will likely clear up once your hormones return to normal.
Here are some tips for treating pregnancy acne, from all-natural remedies to daily skin care do’s and don’ts.
1. Baking soda
Baking soda dries the oil on your skin and promotes healing.
Make a natural spot treatment by mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water. Apply to individual pimples and not the entire body or face. Allow it to dry before washing off.
Honey has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It’s also soothing to the skin.
To apply, first, rinse your face with warm water. Apply honey directly to the affected area. Leave it on your skin for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
3. Apple cider vinegar
Soak a cotton ball with raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and apply to your skin to absorb oil.
Mix one part vinegar to three parts distilled water. This will create a natural toner that is rich in naturally occurring enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids.
4. Citrus fruit
Alpha hydroxy acid is found in citrus fruit like lemons and limes. When the juice of a lemon or lime is applied to your skin, it helps unclog pores and shed dead skin cells. These astringent and antibacterial properties make it effective as an exfoliant.Squeeze the juice from a lemon or lime and apply directly to spots with a cotton ball. Leave on for 10 minutes or until dry, and then rinse with cool water.