Pregnancy & Acne

Pregnancy is a special time of your life, but for some it can also bring an onset of hormonal acne. When you become pregnant your skin will either be beautiful and clear and glowing or be terrible.  Normally how your skin is while pregnant, is how it will stay until you finish breastfeeding as the hormones don’t settle down until then.
For the unlucky ones it can be a confusing mindfield of: What can I do? What should I not do? Are there any treatments I can have?
So to help you all out, here are our tips to keep your baby safe and your skin clear.  
Also as a sidenote- these rules below also apply if you are trying to become pregnant, we treat you as if you are pregnant, as you may be pregnant.

DO’S

Facials are great to have and you can have them at any time throughout your pregnancy.  There are just some modifcations we make if you are pregnant- nothing that changes the great results you can get.
Extractions are the best way to go, all natural and result driven.
AHA peels are still fine to have. Most of our clients prefer to wait until the 3mth mark, but they are safe to have at any time.  AHA’s are great for loosening the build up of dead skin on the surface that are clogging the pores, as it is only a surface treatment the product cannot penetrate into the blood system so therefore can’t effect your baby.
Microdermabrasion is also great to have- this is more for dry or rough textured skin, not inflamed acne. The main precaution with this is your skin can be a little more sensitive when pregnant so we take care to go gentle in those areas if needed.
LED light therapy is also on the go ahead list- helps give you the extra glow that you want. Or we can use the blue light if your skin is breaking out badly.
DON’TS
Any products containing BHA (salicylic acid) or Vitamin A (retinol) Both these ingredients are designed to penetrate deeper into the skin and have a slight the ability to penetrate into the blood system. Therefore we say to stay away. These ingredients are found in a lot of acne homecare products.
Certain types of peels. The ingredients above-mainly BHA’s- can be found in salon as well, mainly in peels
High frequency- A favourite addition of our clients who have acne facials, which when a client is pregnant (or trying) is the 1st thing to go and always faced with dread. The alternative though is to add a blue LED light into your treatment. It is a super charged version of high frequency, but safe.