Only 10% of your skin’s appearance and health comes from genetics. 90% of your skin’s appearance and health comes from what you put in your body, on your skin, and what you expose your skin to, without protection. The short answer to your question by percentage ratio is no; however genetics do play a part in how your skin recovers from trauma such as cuts, burns, surgical incisions and stretch marks.

The best way to help keep your skin hydrated and soft is by drinking enough water. Water is very important during your pregnancy because it not only keeps your skin pliable, helps flush out toxins, it helps feed your baby all important nutrients and build amniotic fluid. Remember that your skin is the largest organ in your body and waters is its food.

Many over the counter and prescription strength Acne medications contain Benzoyl Peroxide and or high doses of Vitamin A that are not recommended to use during pregnancy. We recommend seeking the advice of a health care professional or the prescribing doctor to address all of your medical questions and concerns.

Hormonal Acne is acne that is brought on by a change or fluctuation in hormonal balances. Common hormonal fluctuations are caused by puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Hormones can also fluctuate if there is a drop in progesterone/estrogen from PCOS ( poly-cystic ovarian syndrome ). Another more common in resent years is Stress Acne this is caused by high levels of stress, either by long term or sudden stress (as in exams or job interviews.) Pregnancy acne usually occurs during the later part of the 1st trimester and usually gets better during the second trimester however it is common to see acne return after delivery (postpartum). Keeping a good skin care regimen with pregnancy safe skin care products is the best way to keep the pregnancy acne under control. NOTE: Avoid piking at the breakout - pimple to avoid scaring.