One out of two women develop acne during pregnancy. Even those who’ve enjoyed relatively clear skin will suddenly experience breakouts. Others will get severe cystic acne.

What causes pregnancy acne?

Blame it on the hormones. Our bodies produce more androgens, which cause skin glands to expand and produce more oil. Like regular acne, this clogs pores and develop into blackheads, whiteheads, and swollen pimples.

An increase in hormones called androgens can cause the glands in your skin to grow and produce more sebum, an oily, waxy substance. This oil can clog pores and lead to bacteria, inflammation, and breakouts.

What’s the effect of acne during pregnancy?

While the acne certainly doesn’t hurt the baby, it can affect a mother’s self-esteem. As one woman shared on a pregnancy forum, “It’s affecting my relationship with my husband — I feel like I look so terrible, I want to avoid him and everyone else.”

Many women are also afraid to treat the acne, since they’re more cautious about taking drugs or applying products on their skin because of the effect on their child. That’s also why those who have oily or acne prone skin see a sudden return of breakouts. They can’t use the products that helped them before. For example, isotretinoin – a very powerful acne ingredient – has been linked to birth defects. That’s why many moms will feel both confused and helpless. “What acne treatments can I safely take during pregnancy?”

Don’t take risks, see an expert!

Pregnancy acne can be controlled, but don’t do anything without consulting your doctor or a skin expert who has handled several similar cases. It’s especially dangerous to experiment with natural remedies you see on the Internet. Just because something is made of natural plant extracts or homeopathic pills doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s “safer” than something made in a laboratory.

Trained, licensed and experienced

The best and safest route is to go to trained, licensed and experienced medical professionals. Dr. EE of The Clifford Clinic has helped many of his clients control their acne during pregnancy. He makes sure that all his recommendations have been clinically proven and cleared for use during pregnancy and lactation. You can also discuss the recommendations with your oby-gynecologist! That way you will feel 100% sure that your acne treatment during pregnancy is both effective and safe.

Schedule your personal consultation with The Clifford Clinic