Postpartum Hormonal Acne

During pregnancy, there’s a lot to deal with, let alone acne which you thought you left in the past. The short reason for this is hormones. Your progesterone levels go crazy and increase the sebum production which clogs your pores with bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells which leads to acne. Joy.
After your little bundle of joy arrives, it usually takes between 6-8 weeks for your hormones to settle down. During this time the acne should settle as well but many women experience post-partum hormonal acne. This could be due to stress (hello lack of sleep and being completely overwhelmed!) or underlying issues related to hormones.

How to treat this:

Before you do anything, check with your doctor especially if you are still breastfeeding because what you are putting in and, on your body may have adverse effects. You can use lactic or glycolic acid to help clear dead skin cells and unclog your pores as well as pat a bit of coconut oil onto your skin to reduce acne as it has antibacterial properties. Retinol is a no-no!
Drinking 8 glasses of water a day and eating the right food will majorly help your skin by promoting hydration to avoid dry skin.

If you’re no longer breastfeeding, you can go back to using topical creams, retinols, or salicylic acid to treat your acne as these help to break down dirt and impurities to clean your pores.
Your best bet would be to use benzoyl peroxide which is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy or while you are breastfeeding for acne because very little of it gets absorbed into your skin. However, since every individual is different it is still best to check with a professional.
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