Mostly pregnancy is associated with a glowing & radiant skin but quite frequently a number of pregnant women experience the problem of acne which could be quite bothersome. For some it could be a recurrence of problem they experienced in their early adolescent years, for others a continuation of existing acne problem which may flare up during pregnancy while few women experience improvement in their acne. The prime trigger is the increased hormone called androgen leading to increased sebum (oil) secretion and build up in the pores of skin. This alongside dead cells shed from the lining of follicle clog it creating conducive conditions for bacteria to rapidly multiply & grow leading to onset of inflammatory cascade & eventually manifesting as skin lesions of acne that may be of various
Acne is most common during first two trimesters though it can persist throughout. One has to be extra cautious with treatment modalities used for acne as they can cause harm to foetus ranging from mild defects to gross deformities. Do not resort to self medication and over the counter products without consulting your doctor.
Some basic measures that may help you–