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Nowadays, acne is no longer a serious concern. We already know the mechanism behind acne formation and has lots of ways to arrest the process midway.
Prevention and treatment involve cleansing agents, toners and topical creams that cures existing acne and prevents new ones from forming. For serious cases, oral medications and cosmetics with powerful compounds treat acne both from within and from without.
Pregnancy, however, makes things a bit complicated. Most active ingredients in skin care products are dangerous for the developing baby. This includes retinoid, tetracycline, and hydroquinone—all are proven effective in treating acne but have negative effects on fetal health.
In order to avoid the adverse effects associated with acne medication, it is best to go natural and drug-free. That is, use as less product to treat acne as possible.
You can treat acne without resorting to these treatments. One of the best ways is to use natural products. You can buy these natural products in the drugstore but if you doubt the process involved to prepare the product, you might as well prepare it on your own.
There are still safe products that you can use to clean your face. When you select one, make sure that it is non-abrasive (select the mildest as possible with pH close to that of the skin’s which is about 5.5), non-comedogenic (usually, oil-free and water-based) and alcohol-free. Opt for non-soap cleansers.
Here are some tips for treating your acne without using drugs:
#1 Wash your face twice daily
Washing the face excessively strips the skin of essential oil and nutrients and messes up with the natural microbiome which protects the skin from harmful microorganisms.
Instead, limited washing your face to twice daily—when you wake up and before you sleep. Think of it as a wash every 12 hours. You can have an extra wash after heavy sweating. Perspiration can bring with it oil and substances that makes dirt stick. It also allows dead cells to clog pores.
#2 Use a clean washcloth or a cotton pad
When washing the face, use new wash clothes or a cotton pad to remove dirt. Make sure that you clean your face slowly and lightly. Do not rub it vigorously. The goal is to clean the face without causing irritation.
#3 Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry
Use a lukewarm water to rinse your face. This opens up pores and releases trapped particles that might cause acne. Splash your face with water until all traces of the cleanser are washed out.
Gently pat your face dry with a soft and clean towel afterward. Just press the cloth in your face lightly and let it absorb the water.
After washing your face, always apply moisturizer. Dry skin can make it difficult for dead skin cells to fall off the skin naturally which can cause acne.
Choose a water-based moisturizer. If not, virgin coconut oil is a perfect substitute. Although it’s oil-based, it doesn’t clog up pores, has nutrients that help heal and nourish the skin and has antibacterial and antifungal properties which help keep the skin acne-free.
#5 Wash your hair regularly
Oily and dirty hair that gets into your face can cause acne. Wash your hair daily and keep it out of your face. Do not apply hair mousse or similar products near the hairline as it can cause acne in the forehead.
#6 Use cotton pillowcases and change them frequently
One of the causes is irritation from pillowcases fabric. We can keep off it for the first few minutes of sleep but what happens for the next 7 hours or so while asleep is beyond our control. One way or another, our face will be pressed on the surface of the pillow.
Instead of avoiding it, make your pillowcase skin friendly by choosing cotton pillowcases and by changing them frequently. The dirt and dead skin cells that are trapped between the fabrics of the pillowcase encourage bacterial growth. It also feeds dust mites that we can’t see but can irritate the skin.
#7 Keep your hands off your face
Even if it gets tempting, don’t price your acne and keep your hands off your face. You never know what is in there that you might introduce to your face. Pricking acne doesn’t just make irritate and make it worse, it also makes acne scars ugly and noticeable.
Wash your face twice daily and that’s it. That is the only contact your face needs for the day to keep it from getting acne or making the existing condition worse.
Pregnancy acne will not stay for long. It won’t even wait for the whole 9 months to go away. Instead of resorting to quick fixes that might have negative effects on your child, focus on having a healthy skin regimen.
The tips above are basic steps that apply to all kinds of acne—even those that are not caused by pregnancy. A healthy skin regimen is all that it takes to keep acne away.