Acne During Pregnancy: Causes & Tips

Acne is a common skin breakout that is common at any stage of our lives, including during pregnancy. Fortunately, pregnancy acne can be treated, and it doesn’t involve complex, expensive procedures!

With that in mind, we are going to take a look at the causes and treatment of pregnancy acne:

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The most common causes of acne during pregnancy are the hormonal changes that are most common in the first trimester. The production of skin’s natural oil may increase causing an acne flare-up. When women reach the sixth week of pregnancy, the production of progesterone will surge, and it directly causes the production of sebum. When sebum clogs up pores, the condition will be a perfect habitat for bacterial growth. Pregnancy also causes the body to retain more fluid, which slows down the removal of toxins. Both are risk factors of pregnancy acne.


Managing acne during pregnancy can be a challenge. Some OTC treatments and prescription drugs could elevate the risk of birth defects. If in doubt, leave it out and avoid anything that may risk the wellbeing of their new-born. Here are some effective and safe ways to treat your pregnancy acne:

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Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse - if your skin starts to get oily, it is important to prevent acne flare-ups before things get worse. Try using a pregnancy-safe mild skin cleansing product, this will remove excess oil and dirt from your skin. Remember, it is important not to over-wash your skin, because it will become dry. Your oil glands may go into overdrive to restore the condition of your skin and this too can increase the risk of an acne breakout.

Moisturise - using an oil-free moisturiser daily could minimise skin problems, such as irritation. We recommend using our Repair Serum to restore your skin back to it’s healthiest, best state everyday. Again, avoid using harsh acne soaps that could cause excessive skin dryness, making breakouts more likely to happen. Drinking enough water will also ensure you’re hydrated and contribute to skin moisture.

Pregnancy acne tips

Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure- prolonged exposure to the sun doesn’t just cause accelerated ageing and skin cancer, but it can also increase the risk of acne. If you spend more time outdoors, it is recommended to use sunscreen with an SPF 30 rating or higher. If possible, stay under the shade and avoid becoming overheated.

Contact Bumpalicious Skincare

To learn more about acne during pregnancy and how you can treat it, contact Bumpalicious Skincare and shop a wide selection of pregnancy-safe and effective premium skincare products today.

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