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Q. I am Radhika Giri in my mid 30’s and have oily skin. I am currently four months pregnant and have noticed rashes on my face. Is it due to the pregnancy. How do I treat it?

A. Many women experience acne during pregnancy. It’s most common during the first and second trimesters. An increase in hormones called androgens can cause the glands in your skin to grow and produce more sebum — an oily, waxy substance. This oil can clog pores and lead to bacteria, inflammation and breakouts. There are many reasons why you might get a rash during pregnancy. These might include 

  • Dryness: Hormone changes in pregnancy which can cause dryness and rashes on the skin.
  • Hormones: The hormonal changes you experience in pregnancy can affect everything from mood to circulation to yes, itchiness and rashes on the skin.
    In order to treat it, start with self care such as washing your face with a gentle cleanser twice a day with warm water, avoid irritants and don’t pick or squeeze blemishes. Vitamin C is perfectly safe to use throughout pregnancy and new mama-hood. Further, instead of intensive treatments, just focus on healthy nutrition to feed the skin from within. Also use protective antioxidants and high-factor broad-spectrum sunscreen.

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