Ah, I’m basking in second trimester skin. If I ever needed proof that my breakouts are hormone related, all I have to do is wait until the first trimester is over. Hormones settle down and suddenly, I get to enjoy the clearest skin of my life.
The next time you are judgmental about the skincare of those with breakouts or if your kids are hitting their breakout teenage years, please remember these tips from Web MD-
“Factors that may worsen acne:
These factors can trigger or aggravate an existing case of acne:
- Hormones. Androgens are hormones that increase in boys and girls during puberty and cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum. Hormonal changes related to pregnancy and the use of oral contraceptives can also affect sebum production.
- Certain medications. Drugs containing corticosteroids, androgens or lithium are known to cause acne.
- Diet. Studies indicate that certain dietary factors, including dairy products and carbohydrate-rich foods — such as bread, bagels and chips, which increase blood sugar — may trigger acne.
Contrary to what some people think, these factors have little effect on acne:
- Greasy foods and chocolate have proved to have little to no effect on the development or course of acne.
- Dirty skin. Acne isn’t caused by dirt. In fact, scrubbing the skin too hard or cleansing with harsh soaps or chemicals irritates the skin and can make acne worse. Simple cleansing of the skin to remove excess oil and dead skin cells is all that’s required.”
I’m seriously not sure why the dermotologist world cannot figure out how to link pregnancy hormones to skin care. Why can the hormones stabilize at a certain point and they can’t find this magic receipt in a pill form? I realize some would say that birth control is the answer, but in the face of modern day medicine, I think we can do better. (While they’re at it, let’s figure out why we have beautiful nails and hair too…)
And as sure as I write this, as soon as this little baby is born, my skin will go through all kinds of wackiness as my hormones settle down.
Meanwhile, I’m happy to report that for now my skin care concerns can be isolated to wrinkles, sun spots and sagging. Thank goodness for that glow. 😉