Breastfeeding moms are just as careful about their food and beauty products as they are during pregnancy.
They want to make sure that they don’t ingest any ingredients that can carry into their breastmilk. That’s why a lot of women who are acne-prone, or got bad breakouts during pregnancy, are cautious about acne treatments.
Acne after pregnancy
It’s very common for women to develop acne during pregnancy and even after giving birth. The acne is caused by hormonal changes, and can be worsened by the daily stress of taking care of a newborn. They lack sleep, are often tired, and have very little time for a complicated beauty routine. The combination of higher oil production and clogged pores because they didn’t have time to cleanse and tone can all lead to recurring acne.
What acne treatments can I safely take while breastfeeding?
There are some effective acne ingredients that are proven to be safe because they don’t enter the blood stream and affect your breastmilk.
Two of those ingredients are:
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Salicylic acid
Some oral medications are safe, provided they are taken with the guidance of a medical professional who has the training and experience to guide you.
For example, The Clifford Clinic’s team of dermatologists have helped many women control acne before and during pregnancy. They understand the health risks, concerns, and what has been clinically proven and FDA-approved.
Why should I treat acne even if I am lactating?
Left untreated, acne can lead to acne marks and deeper scars that will be harder to remove. Bear in mind that when we are in our 30s, skin cell renewal and collagen production goes down. It will be harder and more expensive to treat these spots and the more severe “ice pack scars” than to take a proactive approach today.
Schedule your personal consultation with The Clifford Clinic
Dr. Gerard Ee of The Clifford Clinic has helped many of his clients control their acne. He is experienced with cases of acne during pregnancy and lactation, and can provide different options on how you can take care of your skin as well as you take care of your baby.