Are you struggling with acne while
breastfeeding? Some moms notice acne outbreaks during the first few months
after childbirth; this can include pimples on the face or
all over the body. This post pregnancy acne is entirely
normal. Acne after birth will most likely
disappear once your hormones have settled down a bit. It can take from a
few weeks to a few months to clear. What causes acne in mom during breastfeeding?
It could be hormonal, related to the hormones that are produced during
breastfeeding, but it is mostly due to hormones that are returning to normal
after giving birth. Most mothers have acne post pregnancy, whether they are
breastfeeding or not. It could be stress related. Usually when a new baby is introduced into an already busy lifestyle, it can
cause some additional stress. Try to relax as much as possible and get as
much help around the house or with the kids as you can.
Dehydration. Many moms forget that they need to stay extra hydrated during
breastfeeding. When your skin becomes dehydrated, it will start to retaliate.
Acne meds and topical creams that are safe during breastfeeding. Most topical
acne products that are applied to the skin are safe during breastfeeding
because they are found in minimal amounts in the bloodstream, and are
hardly ever found in breast milk. There are a few exceptions to this rule, so
always ask your doctor first. Medications that are taken orally like Tetracycline
Erythromycin and retin-A are safe while nursing. The best topical acne treatments
while breastfeeding are products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic
acid. Azelex is another topical acne treatment that is safe while breastfeeding.
A type of medication that should not be taken is Accutane.
You can use your breast milk and apply it twice a day for acne relief. Breast
milk is antibacterial and contains healing properties.
It contains lauric acid, which has acne fighting properties – without
producing skin irritation and redness. You can also use a gentle baby wash on
your face and your baby’s face and this is quite effective and won’t harm you or
your baby. What about pimples on your nipples? Acne that is due to hormonal changes can be found anywhere on the body, including the
breasts. Breast pimples can also be caused by improper sucking – check your
latch. A pimple or a blister on the nipple may be caused by a blocked duct or a nipple bleb. Breast acne that seems like a rash may be an indication of a
yeast infection. In the description of this video we have a few helpful links
on these subjects. Acne neonatum is the acne that is caused by the mother’s
excess hormones in the breast milk. The hormones are transferred to the baby
through the milk and can cause the baby’s sebaceous glands to over-produce
sebum – clogging the pores and causing pimples; this acne usually does not
require medical treatment and should disappear on its own. Lotions and oils
might worsen the condition and should be avoided. You can use a facial cleanser
that is specially made for babies or you could apply your breast milk as
mentioned before. Should you stop breastfeeding? The benefits of
breastfeeding outweigh the temporary inconvenience of acne. If this video was
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