3 Unexpected Causes Of Acne Post Pregnancy

Acne Post Pregnancy

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Are you looking for solutions and reasons about how to treat your acne after pregnancy? You may have loved that glow on your skin, but what about those stubborn acne spots? Have you tried everything to get rid of your post pregnancy acne, but in vain?

If these skin woes are something you are battling with, read on to know all about acne post pregnancy.

What Is Acne?

Acne (1) is also known as Acne Vulgaris. It is a type of skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of your hair follicles. Acne predominantly occurs in teenagers as a result of hormonal changes. Your skin has pores (tiny holes) that are connected to the oil glands under your skin. These oil glands are connected to your pores through the follicles.

The oil glands secrete oil known as sebum. Sebum helps carry the dead skin cells out of your skin through the follicles. When these follicles get blocked they cause an accumulation of oil under your skin. This leads to breakouts like acne.

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What Is Post-Pregnancy Acne?

Acne after pregnancy is common and normal. You may experience acne on your face as well as on other parts of your skin. Once you give birth, your hormones will slowly start settling down. This will eventually help the acne to clear out. Your acne could remain for a few months or fade away in a few weeks; it varies from person to person.

What Are The Causes Of Acne After Pregnancy?

While you are pregnant and post delivery, your body goes through many changes. Acne can be associated to various reasons after your pregnancy. Here are some of the most common ones:

1. Hormonal Changes:

Your body goes through a lot of hormonal changes during your pregnancy and post delivery. In most cases, you could experience a case of acne as a result of the fluctuating hormones. Breastfeeding also releases certain hormones that can lead to acne.

2. Dehydration:

It may sound ironic, but if you are dehydrated, your skin will actually start breaking out! In your initial days after giving birth, you may find it hard to get time for yourself. In the sudden chaos and taking care of your baby, you may forget to drink adequate amount of water. This can often lead you to become dehydrated. Drink at least eight glasses of water each day to ensure your skin is hydrated.

3. Stress And Lack Of Sleep:

It is natural for you to feel stressed and not get enough sleep when you have a new born in the house. This can lead to breakouts. Try and sleep as much as you can. If you cannot sleep, try and relax as much as possible. Ask your partner to help you when you feel overly stressed. This will give your body the much needed rest to help bounce back. It will also help you take care of your baby better.

How Can I Prevent Or Reduce Acne After Pregnancy?

One of the first things you can do to ensure your acne will not spread is not to touch it. Resist the feeling to pick the acne. Avoid going out in the sun directly. Use a safe sun screen at least half an hour before you have to go out.

You may want to switch to a face wash or cleanser that is gentle and works effectively on acne. Cleansers that contain ingredients like chamomile, green tea, lavender, and eucalyptus oil are known to be good anti-acne solutions.

Eat healthy, drink adequate amounts of water, rest well and try to minimize stress as much as you can.

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