e’ve all heard the pregnancy glow is a thing, but are there scientific facts to back it up? Does being in the pudding club guarantee you an acne-free life? Talented actress Keke Palmer released a video on social media where she said, “I’m here to let y’all know I found the secret to clearing up my acne, and guess what it is? You need to get knocked up. Period. Point blank.” This revelation comes shortly after she publicly announced her pregnancy with her partner, Darius Daulton.
Palmer has always been open about her struggles with acne, and it only brought joy to her fans when she announced that pregnancy must be the reason her acne is finally clearing up. Keke Palmer’s acne, due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), has visibly cleared up. According to the actress, “Polycystic [ovary] syndrome has been attacking me from the inside out my entire life, and I had no idea.”
“I know you can’t see right now because I got a face full of makeup on, but let’s really get into it. I want you to see that everything right here is extremely flat. What that means is — even with the discoloration that we’re going to get to — there’s no more of the bumps,” says Palmer.
What’s the possible link between Keke Palmer’s acne clearing and hormones?
On the contrary, researchers emphasize how common hormonal acne is among pregnant women. While this isn’t always the case, every woman’s cycle differs, and the outcome can be unpredictable. Nevertheless, there are cases where acne clears during pregnancy—creating a glow-up that’s evident for all to see. The latter might be Palmer’s case.
According to experts, “a combination of hormones, oil, and a 40% increase in blood volume makes a pregnant woman’s skin seem luminous during pregnancy.” These pregnancy hormones foster reasonable blood circulation. Some components in prenatal supplements can also cause healthy skin, nails, and hair. This glow is often halted post-pregnancy.
How to keep your skin clear during pregnancy
As stated earlier, Keke Palmer’s acne might have cleared up due to the aforementioned hormonal reasons, but if you’re struggling with pregnancy acne flare-ups or other skin issues, understand it’s normal too. Your system might be overproducing an oil called Sebum. This could lead to clogged pores and inflammation.
Check out 5 tips you could try to keep your skin healthy during pregnancy…
#1. Speak with your doctor
When it comes to pregnancy, the rules are different. You can’t walk into any store and demand off-the-shelf medications without checking in with your doctor. Consult your doctor to err on the side of caution. Palmer only discovered recently that her breakouts were due to PCOS. All these while she was aiming amiss without knowledge of the foundational problem.
#2. Stay hydrated
Drink lots of water and use humidifiers to keep your environment hydrated. The effect of water on the skin can’t be over-emphasized. Never get to the point of thirst before rehydrating. Remember, water is life.
#3. Protect your face
This could mean avoiding certain oils, astringents, or oil-based makeup, and keeping your hair clean and away from touching your face. Whatever product could be an irritant should be kept at bay, and always check the ingredients to be safe.
#4. Don’t pick the acne
Apart from acne, discoloration and scarring are also factors to consider. Avoid squeezing the pimples, and frequently change your pillowcases and towels.
#5. Be easy on yourself
One thing about Keke Palmer’s acne was her transparency and willingness to try out whatever would work, without compromising her personality. The same goes for you. If you are going through it, learn to refrain from being hard on yourself and follow your skincare regimen by trusting the process. Realize that everyone’s skin is different and yours will give you the best only when you stop “hating” it. Simply put, accept yourself and do what you can.
In conclusion, here are some wise words from Palmer: “I’m not afraid to show myself to the world, and you shouldn’t be either.”
Featured image: @quintinandron via @keke/Instagram
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