Oily skin during pregnancy: causes, signs and treatment

When you found out you were pregnant, you probably couldn’t wait to get that much talked about pregnancy burst. For some expectant mothers, however, very oily skin is just one of the changes that occur during pregnancy. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the oiliness.

What Are the Causes of Oily Skin During Pregnancy?

If you’re pretty skillful these days, you can thank these hormones once again. During pregnancy, increased hormones (namely androgens and progesterone) stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more oil.

The result? Your skin may be oily than usual, and you may also be more prone to rashes.

How to treat oily skin during pregnancy?

Having a good skin care routine will go a long way in helping control your oily skin.

  • Purify. Wash your face twice a day, morning and evening (and after exercise). A gel-based cleanser is best for oily skin because these formulas help remove sebum better than a milky cleanser. Choose a mild, soap-free cleanser (preferably a cleanser without dye or fragrance). Use lukewarm water with fingertips to apply the cleanser. Also, avoid over-drying acne cleansers, as your skin may be more sensitive.
  • Gently blot. If you’re not near a sink and need a bit of cleaning up, try blotting papers, which come in individual sheets and soak up excess oil. These will come in handy whenever you sport a super shiny forehead or nose.
  • Go easy on the exfoliation. If you have clogged pores or acne breakouts, you can exfoliate during pregnancy. But look for formulas with gentle physical exfoliators instead of harsh chemicals, which can irritate sensitive pregnancy skin. Rice powder, a silicone scouring pad, or a muslin cloth are good exfoliators to try. Exfoliate only once or twice a week and don’t scrub too hard.
  • Avoid acne and retinol / retinoid medications. Just as you should skip acne washes, you shouldn’t be using topical (or prescription) treatments, retinols, or retinoids in an attempt to manage rashes. Although the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) states that topical salicylic acid is generally considered safe in limited amounts during pregnancy, other dermatologists and skin experts during pregnancy advise against using any of this. which contains salicylic acid until after breast-feeding. Your best bet is to check with your obstetrician / gynecologist or dermatologist for safer acne treatments while you wait. And prescription retinoids, over-the-counter retinol products, and oral vitamin A derivatives (such as isotretinoin) should absolutely not be used if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or if you are pregnant. are breastfeeding.
  • Hydrate. You might think your face is oily, which means you don’t need to moisturize it. However, you still need to keep your skin hydrated. If your face tends to turn oily 30 minutes after washing it, you can probably skip the moisturizer. But, if not, you should moisturize once or twice a day, after cleansing, and only apply the moisturizer where your skin is dry. It’s best to use an oil-free moisturizer (look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin, and avoid products that have oil in the ingredients).
  • Wear sunscreen. Opt for mineral or physical sunscreen (look for zinc oxide and / or titanium dioxide as the active ingredient). These products are hypoallergenic and sit on the skin instead of being absorbed by it. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30 and offers broad spectrum coverage, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Check your makeup. It may be a good idea to change your makeup if the pregnancy makes your face very oily. Use products that are oil-free and labeled as non-comedogenic (meaning they don’t clog pores).

Can we prevent oily skin during pregnancy?

Your first line of defense against fat is to follow your facial cleansing routine. But, in this case, more is not better. Do not think that you have to wash your face too often, as this could lead to irritation and rashes.

Some other smart strategies for dealing with oily skin during pregnancy:

  • Fluctuations in blood sugar can stimulate the sebaceous glands, so try to keep your blood sugar balanced by eating healthy snacks. Snacks should contain protein and fat, not just carbohydrates. So grab an apple with almonds, or carrots and hummus, instead of snacking on pretzels or a muffin.
  • Drinking water is essential because it helps keep the body’s organs functioning at optimal levels and keeps the digestive system moving.
  • Your hair can play a big role in how oily your face gets every day. If your strands are oily, shampoo regularly and do your best to keep your hair away from your face.

What Should You Look For In Pregnancy-Safe Products For Oily Skin?

When it comes to taking care of oily skin during pregnancy, there are certain ingredients that you might want to look for in skin care products, and others that you want to avoid.

  • Go with water. Use water-based cosmetics, skin care, and oil-free hair products so that you don’t add more oil to your face. Water-based products help keep your skin hydrated without feeling oily.
  • Choose fragrance-free formulas. Your skin is probably more sensitive right now. Skin care products with an added fragrance may cause irritation. In addition, “unscented” does not necessarily mean that a product is fragrance free. Some so-called unscented products contain masking scents that can irritate your skin.
  • Choose products that don’t clog your pores. Look for “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic” on the label. Non-comedogenic means the product won’t clog your pores, and non-acnegenic products are formulated to be acne-free.
  • Do not use alcohol-based cleaners. They can cause irritation or make your face too dry, causing it to pump out even more sebum, so not what you want.
  • Avoid retinoids and retinols. If you are planning to become pregnant, pregnant, or breastfeeding, do not use prescription retinoids, over-the-counter retinol products, or oral vitamin A derivatives. Retinoids, especially isotretinoin, have been linked to certain birth defects. And although the amount of drug absorbed by the body is low with topical retinols (found in some prescription and over-the-counter acne and aging products), retinols belong to the same family of drugs. than isotretinoin and should be avoided.

Patricia J. Callender