The 411 on Mom Acne

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None of this is any different than how you cared for your skin when you were in high school.

Use shampoo on a daily basis

I know a lot of gals only wash their hair every other day, but it's best to shampoo every day when you're pregnant. Try to avoid using oily hair products. The use of those products will essentially cancel out your shampooing.

Don't wash more than two times a day

Acne is caused by clogged pores and overactive pores. If you wash too much, the oil glands in your pores are going to start acting up, giving you acne. If you wash too little, or don't wash when you should be (after sweating), your pores will clog up, giving you acne. There's a fine line that needs to be trod, but you can do it. Just cleanse morning and night. It's relaxing, and it's good for your skin. Win/win.

Wash affected areas carefully

When you're trying to cleanse those problem areas, make sure you use a clean washcloth. If you reuse dirty washcloths, the dirt and oil from your last cleansing will get rubbed back onto your face and into your skin. With a clean washcloth, rub gently—you don't want to break any of the pimples—and scrubbing can cause scarring, and it can actually make your acne worse. Use a cleanser that is oil-free and alcohol-free. Be nice to your skin.

{ MORE: Stretch Marks and Other Skin Changes During Pregnancy }

None of this is any different than how you cared for your skin when you were in high school, but it never hurts to get a reminder on how to care for your skin.  

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