Mum shares how her perfect skin was left with painful red acne after she fell pregnant.
Sarah Boyd, 32, from Sunshine West, Vic, was three months’ pregnant when she first noticed her skin changing.
‘My face had started to get greasy,’ she told That’s Life. ‘At six months, I had bright red bumps on my chin a forehead,’ said Sarah.
The mum had never had skin problems before, discovered she was suffering from pregnancy acne.
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‘While some expectant mums find their skin suddenly glows, my skin had reacted badly to hormonal skin changes,’ Sarah explained.
As Sarah’s bump grew bigger, her problem skin got worse. When people started to ask, ‘Is your face okay?’ Sarah wanted to hide away.
‘I don’t normally wear much make-up but I found myself covering myself with concealer,’ said Sarah.
After the birth of her baby was born, Sarah hoped it would be the end of her problem skin, but it wasn’t the case.
‘The bumps were sore and spread up my cheeks. I should have been enjoying precious time with my baby but instead I was shying away,’ said Sarah.
Finding herself avoiding being in photos with her new bub, Sarah decided to take action and booked an appointment with a dermatologist.
Twice a week for six weeks a gel was applied to Sarah’s skin and she sat under an LED light for nine minutes. The treatment aimed to kill bacteria and help Sarah’s skin heal.
‘After a few sessions I saw a real improvement. Five months on my skin is so much better and my confidence is back,’ said Sarah.
Not all pregnancies affect acne
The Acne ogranisation says, not all pregnancies have an impact on acne but if you have hormonal acne, it is likely to flare during the first trimester (three months) of your pregnancy.
Usually your acne will probably improve and may even disappear during the last trimester. Breastfeeding is also an excellent way of keeping acne away. Many women with persistent acne also notice that their acne is progressively less severe or disappears with each pregnancy.
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