18 April, 2019

Everything to know about Pregnancy Acne and Treatment

One of the many things that any woman looks forward to during pregnancy, is flawlessly amazing skin. While that pregnancy glow is no myth, acne during pregnancy is very much a reality for several expectant moms. So, why do you get acne and what should you do about it when you’re pregnant? Read on to know more.

Pregnancy Acne

During the first and second trimester, several pregnant women experience acne. In fact, it is believed that every second pregnant woman can expect to develop mild to severe acne.  The main cause of acne during pregnancy is the increased hormone levels in the first trimester. The higher the level of hormones, the greater is the increase in the skin’s production of natural oils.

Most women who have a history of acne or have acne flares at the start of their menstrual cycles are more likely to develop the condition during the first trimester. However, even those with clear skin can expect to experience acne during pregnancy.

Treating Pregnancy Acne

Most over-the-counter prescription medicines for acne are a strict no-no during pregnancy. These medications and treatments come with a high risk of birth defects. Therefore, even dermatologists will ask you if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, before giving you any acne medication. This means managing acne when you’re pregnant can be tricky.

It is important to understand that pregnancy acne isn’t a special form of acne. Some women may seem to have more trouble than others in controlling it. While medications are best avoided, here are a few things that pregnant women can do to keep their acne in control.

  1. Wash and Clean with gentle cleanser

Excess oil and sebum production are one of the main causes of pregnancy acne. The best way to prevent flare-ups and scars is by taking good care of your skin during pregnancy. Twice a day, clean your face gently with a mild, soap-free cleanser and wash with warm water. Avoid certain products such as facial scrubs, astringents and masks, because they can irritate the skin and worsen acne. Too much washing and scrubbing can also irritate the skin. Make sure you wash and rinse your face thoroughly, especially around your hairline and jaw, where pores tend to get clogged.

  1. Wash your hair regularly

If you develop acne around your hairline, shampooing regularly can help, especially if you have oily hair. Another thing that you can do is to keep your pillowcases, towels and any other head gear that you wear clean to avoid any issues and infections.

  1. Use a good moisturizer

Sometimes, over-washing and using a lot of scrub can cause a lot of damage to the skin. Your skin is extra sensitive during pregnancy. Over washing can strip your skin of its natural moisture and may even cause oil glands to go into overdrive and replenish what you’ve removed. It can also cause a lot of irritation and rashes. Using an oil-free moisturizer can help minimize the irritation and prevent further breakouts.

  1. Avoid squeezing or picking pimples

No matter how tempted you are to do so, don’t squeeze or pick at pimples. Doing so can cause infection or scarring. This will also make your acne condition worse and prolong your acne. It is also very unhygienic and can lead to acne spreading even more.

  1. Read the labels

When buying skin care, makeup, and hair care products, make sure you look at the labels. Avoid using oily or greasy cosmetics, sunscreens, hairstyling products or acne concealers. Try to use only products that are labeled water-based or non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic. These are less likely to cause acne during pregnancy. Oil-free moisturizers and makeup are the best.

  1. Be Sun Safe

In general, a woman’s skin is more prone to sunburn during pregnancy. Often, medicines used to treat acne which are safe to use in pregnancy, can lead to sunburn.  Too much sun can also increase your risk of skin cancer and causes early aging of the skin. It can also cause other blotches on your skin during pregnancy. Make sure that whenever you step out, you use a sunscreen of at least SPF 30. It is best to use an oil-free one to avoid your pregnancy acne from flaring up.

  1. Eat Smart

To keep your skin healthy, increase your dietary intake of healthy foods such as fish, eggs, milk and carrots. Make sure that the fish you eat is lead-free and safe to consume during pregnancy. A simple thing such as cutting out or limiting sugar and refined grains can do wonders for your skin. Choose whole grains instead and avoid unhealthy fats which can further aggravate acne. Replace these with skin-boosting healthy fats like avocado, salmon, walnuts, and almonds. Other foods that can help prevent and treat acne include colorful fresh fruits and vegetables, and even small amounts of dark chocolate.

  1. Keep yourself Hydrated

Whether you have acne or not, this is one thing that you should religiously follow during pregnancy. Drinking plenty of water helps flush out your skin, keeping it moist and clear. It also ensures you do not have any other complication and enjoy a healthy pregnancy.

  1. Talk to your Doctor

Most over the counter acne medications are not advised during pregnancy as they can enter your bloodstream and cause serious birth defects in your baby. Therefore, before going for any OTC medication, talk to your doctor about it. They may even recommend a topical acne treatment that is right for you during pregnancy.

Acne can stay beyond pregnancy or it may just clear up as soon as you give birth to your little one. Following some of the above practices can help you enjoy a smooth, clear skin during pregnancy. If your acne worsens, talk to our doctors at KIMS Cuddles to know about the right treatment for you. Make sure you don’t use any medication, topical or oral, unless it’s been prescribed or cleared by a doctor who knows you’re pregnant.

*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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27 December, 2022

Tips for dealing with postpartum vaginal discharge

Lochia, or the vaginal discharge that a woman’s body produces following childbirth, is expected to last for a few days to weeks after delivery. After birth, the rapid flow of blood and mucus begins. For the first 2-3 days after birth, the bleeding will be severe and contain blood clots. However, after a few days, the flow will gradually decrease to spotting before stopping entirely. When the uterus recovers after a few weeks, the flow colour can change from dark red to brown, then yellowish-white. It’s an unavoidable and inevitable occurrence, and the only thing you can do is wait for it to end. It continues to decrease in volume before entirely ending. Here are a few essential tips to keep you prepared for this postpartum vaginal discharge.  Pile up with sanitary napkins and replace them regularly. You’ll need big pads with a lot of absorption potential in the first few days. Maintaining strict sanitation and keeping your private parts washed will help you prevent more postpartum infections. To keep away the infections, avoid having tampons or menstrual cups. Empty the bladder regularly, even if you don’t have the urge. This will relieve you.  Medications that thin the blood, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, should
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17 November, 2022

Taking care of mental wellbeing during pregnancy

Pregnancy often is a happy and joyous phase to treasure and cherish. It brings a mix of feelings for you, and not all of them are good. Few thoughts might even trigger the mental health that might disturb you so much during and after the pregnancy. It’s just as important to look at your mental wellbeing and health during pregnancy as your physical health.  For your safe and happy pregnancy, a happy lifestyle is crucial. However, it is good to notice your mood drifts to identify the problems in the early stages.  What can you usually experience?  While mood swings are common during pregnancy, continuous and long down moments are not good. Take a look at the durations you are down.  Feeling fear or anxiety all the time about your baby or pregnancy.  Having negative thoughts about your life, pregnancy and relation  Feeling burdened with unknown pressure in your mind can relate to the stress of pregnancy but requires attention.  Common mental problems experienced during pregnancy  Depression during Pregnancy “During pregnancy, the symptoms of depression such as changes in sleep, appetite, and energy levels are often difficult to distinguish from the regular experiences of pregnancy.“ says Diana Carter, MBBS Xanthoula Kostaras, BSc. In her recent publication, she mentioned that up to 70% of women report
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20 November, 2021

5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy

No matter how happy you are about your pregnancy, stress during the pregnancy phase is unavoidable. Most of the time, it is because of the hormones that play around. But there are a lot of other factors that account to stress. Managing stress during pregnancy is an efficient way to enjoy your pregnancy period.  Knowing the changes and accepting them happening to your body will help you best during this phase. However, know more efficient ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.  Here are the 5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.  Eat well and sleep well must be a routine  Nothing can replace the best benefits of proper food and sound sleep. Ensure that you follow a balanced diet with all the necessary supplements that your body needs and take enough rest. A night of proper sleep will make your day brighter and keep you comparatively in a cheerful mood. Rest when you are tired. Do not overdo during pregnancy. A perfect routine for food and sleep will ease up your hormones.  Surround yourself with positive energy. Talk to your friends and family. Pregnancy can put you through a lot of thoughts. It will make you think about the least possible negativity. Well, these are the instincts of the mother to safeguard her child. So
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