Have you suddenly started to experience pimple breakouts during pregnancy? If your answer is yes, there is actually nothing to be worried about it. You can suddenly start having pimples during pregnancy even if you never had the problem before and for the women who had the problem of acne and pimple in the past or still have a tendency of breakouts, the problem can be certainly more acute.
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However, there is a particular difference between the normal pimple breakouts and the pimple breakouts during pregnancy. More often than not the breakouts during pregnancy are more severe and it is the hormones that we have to blame.
Pregnancy makes you prone to getting pimples
Pregnancy is not only about getting that beautiful glow on the skin, but in reality, pregnancy is a time when you are expected to experience many skin problems and changes. It happens particularly due to the changing levels of hormones in the body, which affects the skin. The pimple breakouts during pregnancy are more serious and you might not actually be able to get rid of them completely until you have delivered and your hormonal balance has reached back to their normal state.
The good thing is that, the pimple breakouts caused due to pregnancy goes away on their own after the delivery of the baby. So, in this span, even if you are not able to get rid of the pimples completely, there is nothing to worry. All you need to do is to make sure that the breakout does not get worse which can harm the skin; because the pimples will go away on their own after the pregnancy is over, but if they cause scars on the skin, it might be difficult to get rid of them.
Fighting pimples during pregnancy can be critical
When you are pregnant, you have to maintain a strict restriction about any medicine you consume or even use topically. Even if your pimples are getting worse during pregnancy, your gynecologist might not actually suggest you to use any medicated or chemically formulated product for it, as some of the ingredients of these topical formulations can be absorbed into the skin and might pass to the baby. So, if you are suffering from pimples during pregnancy, the best way is to stick to the natural ways and home remedies.
Fight pimple during pregnancy in natural ways
Follow a simple CTM routine
Following a simple CTM routine can be one of the most effective ways to fight pimples during pregnancy. Though the hormonal changes in the body makes your skin prone to getting pimples during pregnancy, but if you are able to take care of the skin in the right way, it can certainly help a lot to fight with the problem.
Following a proper yet simple Cleansing-Toning-Moisturizing routine twice a day with anti-acne ingredients can give you the best results. If your skin is well cleansed, free from dead cells, debris and excess oil then naturally your chance of getting pimples even during pregnancy will reduce. You should not also skip the moisturizer as it plays a vital role in skin nourishment and healing, but do not use a heavy moisturizer which can add excess oil to the skin.
Maintain proper hygiene
Maintaining proper self-hygiene can also be helpful to deal with pimples during pregnancy. Apart from keeping your face clean, it is also important to ensure that anything that comes in contact with your face is clean and free from bacteria that can cause pimples. Make sure that your handkerchief, pillow towel and every other thing including your mobile is clean and free from germs.
It is important to ensure that you do not have dandruff, which can exaggerate the pimples during pregnancy severely. Also make it a point to not to touch your face with dirty hands. These small things about personal hygiene can actually give you big benefits when it comes to fighting pimples during pregnancy.
Go light on makeup
If you are suffering from pimples during pregnancy, it is only wise to control the use of makeup, particularly the ones that might clog the pores or are filled with chemicals that can cause irritation on sensitive skin. Make sure that your makeup products are not running out of date and also keep your makeup application tools clean and stored in a hygienic place.
Never miss to remove makeup from your face the first thing after you have reached home. Take due care to remove every trace of makeup from your face and then only jump to bed.
Home treatments – The best ways to fight pimples during pregnancy
Honey and cinnamon for fighting pimples
A spot treatment pack made with honey and cinnamon can work most effectively to treat pimples during pregnancy. To prepare this treatment, add 1/2 spoon of cinnamon powder with 1/2 spoon honey. You should finish with a thick pack like homogenous mixture of the two. Wash your face with a mild cleanser and then apply this pack on the pimples. Leave on for 30 minutes and then remove with water. You can use this treatment safely maximum 2 times a day.
Neem and basil wash for pregnancy pimple treatment
A completely safe and natural remedy for treating pimples during pregnancy can be easily prepared with neem and basil leaves. Collect 20 neem and 10-12 fresh basil leaves. Wash the leaves clean and boil them in 3 cups of water until the water becomes half. Now strain the leaves and store the concoction in a glass bottle. You should store the bottle in the refrigerator.
Splash your face with this concoction at least 2-3 times in a day after cleansing the skin. After you have splashed the liquid on your face, do not wash with water. Leave on until it gets completely dry and then only wash with water. Follow with a light moisturizer.
Oatmeal and honey for treating pregnancy pimple
Oatmeal is soothing for the skin and it helps in skin healing. Oats also help in clearing the clogged skin pores and absorb the excess oil from the skin, which can actually be helpful to treat pimples. Honey on the other hand has natural antibacterial properties that make it an ideal ingredient for fighting pimples safely.
Take two spoons of oatmeal and soak it in some water for 2-3 minutes. Once the oats turn soft remove any excess water and add 2 spoons of honey to it. Mix well and apply onto your face. Leave on for 30 minutes and then wash off with water, rubbing your face lightly with the pack.
Sandalwood and turmeric for pregnancy pimple
Turmeric has natural anti-microbial properties and Sandalwood promotes skin healing controlling the inflammation and redness of pimple. A pack made with sandalwood and turmeric paste can work miraculously well to keep pregnancy pimples in check. This pack is also highly nourishing for the skin and can help in giving a brighter complexion as well.
Take 2 inch turmeric root and grind it to a paste. Prepare sandalwood paste and add 1 spoon of sandalwood paste with the turmeric. Mix the two well and apply onto your face, focusing on the pimples. Let it stand until it gets 90% dry. Soak your hands with water, rub your face with the pack lightly for 2 minutes and then wash off with water. This treatment will work as an anti-acne scrub as well as pack.
Banana peel for fighting pregnancy acne
When you are trying to fight pimples in a safe way, banana peels can be a very good remedy. The nutrients present in banana peel have been found to be particularly beneficial in killing the pimple causing microbes and also to heal the pimple quickly. To use banana peel for fighting pimples all you need to do is to collect a fresh banana peel and rub the inner side of it lightly on the pimple for 2-3 minutes. Then discard the peel but do not wash the face. Wash your face with water only if it starts feeling stretchy. You should take this treatment 2-3 times a day to see quick improvements.
Aloe vera and tea tree oil for pimple treatment during pregnancy
Aloe Vera is soothing and nourishing for the skin and tea tree oil is an effective anti-microbial that can kill the infection causing bacteria present in pimple quickly. However, it is important to use tea tree oil safely on skin, particularly during pregnancy as during this time the skin becomes more sensitive. If you have not used tea tree oil before, we certainly do not suggest you to use it for the first time on your skin during pregnancy.
However, if you have used tea tree oil before on your face, you can use it mixed with fresh Aloe Vera gel to get rid of pimples during pregnancy. Collect the pulp from a fresh Aloe Vera leaf and then process the pulp to make a smooth gel. Mix 1 drop of the tea tree essential oil with 1 tea spoon of the Aloe Vera gel and apply it onto the pimples directly. You should use it as a spot treatment. Let it set for 5-10 minutes and then remove with a damp cotton ball.
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