What Acne Treatments are Safe During Pregnancy? –
The wonder of childbirth is full of many changes in a woman’s body…some of which are miraculous, and some, well, not so much. The most well-known unwanted side effect of pregnancy is probably morning sickness. Or, in the case of some women, morning-noon-and-night-sickness that involves intense nausea. However, a lesser-known – but equally annoying – consequence of carrying a child is “pregnancy acne.”
And, because an expectant mother must be concerned about how everything she puts in or on her body affects her unborn child, most traditional acne treatments are off the table during pregnancy.
Fortunately, Goldenberg Dermatology in New York, NY offers several 100% safe and natural treatments for “pregnancy acne” that are non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical, and that do not affect an embryo or fetus in any way. So pregnant moms can keep acne at bay, and look beautiful at their baby shower, gender reveal party, and even during the birth of their baby!
What Causes Pregnancy Acne?
Typically, pregnancy acne is most likely to surface around a woman’s 6th week of pregnancy. Two things conspire to cause acne breakouts in pregnant women: hormone fluctuations and fluid retention. During pregnancy hormone surges, particularly increases in progesterone, cause the glands to increase secretions of oil. This “sebum” clogs pores and causes bacteria to accumulate, leading to acne eruptions.
Additionally, a woman’s body is prone to retain more fluids during pregnancy. This can cause toxins to build up in the body that can lead to unsightly pimples, as well.
Why At-Home Pregnancy Acne Treatments Don’t Work
Simply washing or getting overaggressive with scrubs typically doesn’t work to quell pregnancy acne. Over-washing only strips the skin of its natural moisture, which results in oil glands going into overdrive to replenish what’s been removed, making the skin even more prone to breakouts.
And pregnant moms need to steer clear of most over-the-counter and prescription acne medications, including topical benzoyl peroxide. Pregnant and nursing mothers also need to forgo pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics, as well as Vitamin A supplements that are often taken for acne – since an excess of Vitamin A has been shown to cause birth defects.
Treatments that are Safe for Pregnancy Acne
Photodynamic Blue Light Therapy for Pregnancy Acne
Goldenberg Dermatology in New York, NY offers revolutionary Photodynamic Therapy, that uses blue light to improve acne. Since no medication is used, and the blue light does not penetrate past the outer layers of skin, it is considered one of the safest treatments for acne during pregnancy.
Blue light acne treatments are extremely successful in naturally reducing active acne breakouts – especially in patients with stubborn, ugly pustules and cysts. Photodynamic Therapy uses light in the blue wavelength range to kill the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes (“P. Acnes”) that is responsible for acne eruptions.
There is no downtime or recovery period after Photodynamic Blue Light Therapy for pregnancy acne, and the treatment has no known side-effects or adverse reactions. It is also a relatively painless procedure, during which the tired mom-to-be can relax in our luxurious spa-like New York, NY dermatology office.
Laser Genesis for Pregnancy Acne
Another noninvasive treatment that is safe for treating acne during pregnancy is Laser Genesis. This state-of-the-art procedure uses controlled laser heat energy to break up the oil and dead skin cells that clog the pores and kill the acne-causing bacteria. Laser Genesis also offers the added benefits of simultaneously improving redness and scarring caused by acne.
Laser Genesis also stimulates the regeneration of collagen and elastin production, which gives the skin improved smoothness, firmness and glow. Laser Genesis is as comfortable as a regular facial, so no anesthetic is needed. And because it is a non-invasive procedure, there is no downtime afterwards.
Natural Treatment for Pregnancy Acne New York, NY
Thanks to Photodynamic Blue Light Therapy and Laser Genesis, expectant mothers in New York, NY can have beautiful, clear, smooth, glowing skin for their entire pregnancy.
Don’t let the hormone surges of pregnancy wreak havoc on your skin! Schedule an appointment for a pregnancy acne consultation at Goldenberg Dermatology today – and your skin will look amazing at your baby shower, gender reveal party, and in those precious pregnancy pics, too!