Thought spots were something you’d bid farewell to in your teens? Annoyingly, pregnancy can trigger a comeback for those pesky hormonal zits. Here’s everything you need to know to arm yourself against acne.

When you fall pregnant there are a few things you expect: bizarre food cravings, swollen feet, the need to reintroduce afternoon naps on a daily basis. What you probably didn’t anticipate is your skin regressing to teenage territory and becoming oily, clogged and spotty.

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What happened to that gorgeous pregnancy glow everyone talks about? Unfortunately, a radiant complexion isn’t a given for all mummies-to-be, and an acne attack, or a worsening of the spots you already have – is very common. The culprit? A hormone called androgen, which increases when you become pregnant causing the skin’s sebaceous glands to get bigger and produce more sebum – the substance that makes skin oily. The more sebum you have, the more blocked your skin becomes, which is when acne can rear it’s multiple, inflamed heads.

 
 
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Pregnancy acne doesn’t differ in appearance to ‘normal’ acne and is treated in exactly the same way. In fact, nearly all over the counter spot treatments are perfectly safe to use when pregnant and breast-feeding (this is not the case for prescription spot treatments, so speak to your doctor before taking anything stronger). The other piece of good news is, if you didn’t have acne before your pregnancy it will probably go away as soon as your hormones return to normal levels, and in the meantime there are a whole host of products you can use to combat it.

Check out the gallery below for your step-by-step clear complexion kit.

Words: Sarah-Jane Corfield-Smith | Images: Getty Images and Supplied