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Black skin: how to fight acne during pregnancy?

le 02/09/2021

Tips to fight acne during pregnancy

Acne does not only affect teenagers, but also pregnant women. During pregnancy, the sebaceous glands produce excess sebum due to the imbalance caused by pregnancy hormones. However, acne medication treatments are contraindicated for pregnant women. It is advisable to opt for milder treatments. Here are a few tips for getting rid of acne pimples during pregnancy:

  • Avoid touching your pimples as this can infect the wound and cause a scar to appear;

  • Sanitize your skin thoroughly: morning and night, use dermatological cleansing bars or gels to cleanse your face and acne-affected areas. This will allow you to get rid of excess sebum;

  • Moisturize: although black skin is often oily, it needs hydration. To get rid of blemishes, opt for a cream rich in zinc and non-comedogenic skin care products that are adapted to your skin. Avoid masks or scrubs that are too frequent. Also, moisturise regularly by drinking enough water;

  • Opt for suitable products: to camouflage unsightly pimples, choose a healing cream instead of heavy make-up.

In the event of severe acne [4], It is important to consult a dermatologist to find an anti-acne treatment suitable for pregnancy. The use of dermatological creams or medication should be for a short period of time.


There are many factors that lead to the appearance of acne in pregnant women:

  • Stopping the pill;

  • Stopping an acne treatment;

  • Change in diet;

  • Hormonal dysregulation.

Fortunately, many treatments are available to combat this phenomenon [8]. Adopt a balanced diet and eat calcium-rich foods. Also, drink burdock tea. Burdock has anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and antioxidant properties.

and regulates sebum secretion. Here are some examples of acne treatments [15] that you can use during pregnancy :

  • Propolis: thanks to its antiseptic properties, this natural anti-acne product is effective during pregnancy;

  • Zinc: this element purifies your skin. You can mix it with jojoba oil to obtain a thick paste;

  • Aleppo soap: it is preferable to use this soap or a dermatological soap bar instead of a classic soap. In addition, choose an acne lotion suitable for pregnant women to cleanse your face;

  • Lavender oil: you can use this essential oil from the 2nd trimester of pregnancy. However, make sure to respect the dosages.

You can also make masks out of clay. This material is effective in:

  • Ripening the pimples more quickly;

  • Facilitating skin repair;

  • Exfoliating the skin.

Yellow clay is perfectly suited to oily skin. For your mask to be effective, avoid letting it dry on your skin by regularly spraying water with a spray bottle. On the other hand, Roaccutane, which is based on isotretinoin, should be avoided. This treatment is contraindicated for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as it can cause malformations.

 The dos and don'ts

Here are some tips on how to get rid of unsightly pimples and stains during pregnancy:

  • Avoid exposure to the sun;

  • Limit certain foods: diet affects the quality of the skin. Sugar promotes the development of acne because the rise of insulin in the blood stimulates hormones. Choose dark chocolate instead of foods containing refined sugar (pastries and biscuits). Also limit refined pasta, bread and rice. Instead, eat whole-wheat pasta and whole-wheat rice. Avoid drinking alcohol as much as possible during pregnancy, as this high sugar content promotes the development of acne;

  • Exercise moderately.

Alternatively, you can mix cider vinegar with water to rebalance the pH of your skin. In the evening, apply this mixture after using cold soap. In the morning, use a Konjac sponge with bamboo charcoal to cleanse your skin. For severe acne, exfoliate your skin with oatmeal powder. Thanks to its antibacterial properties, honey is particularly effective during pregnancy, especially Manuka honey. You can combine it with:

  • Cinnamon: this ingredient has antibacterial properties;

  • Turmeric: this is a good anti-inflammatory.

On the other hand, avoid using products that are not suitable for pregnant women, such as :

  • Antibiotics;

  • Retinoids;

  • Isotretinoin;

  • Retinol;

  • Salicylic acid;

  • Benzoyl peroxide;

Essential oils: they are contraindicated during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, you can use them from the 2nd trimester onwards.


Acne affects many pregnant women and can have psychological consequences. Fortunately, there are many anti-blemish remedies such as Act-5 to make your unsightly pimples disappear during your pregnancy. However, several treatments are contraindicated for pregnant women, hence the importance of consulting a dermatologist. For more information, contact Nubiance.