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Acne & Pregnancy

For us women, pregnancy is a beautiful time. People always say, “You’re blooming!” Or “You have a radiant aura!” During pregnancy, there are so many changes going on inside our body, and it is because we are carrying a new life inside of us. So our inner selves really glow? But… what if it’s not just the inner glow that appears during pregnancy? What if acne appears too?

Can this happen?

Well, yes… If you already have acne or are prone to acne, your acne may worsen during pregnancy. If you didn’t have acne previously, there is still a chance that acne can occur during your pregnancy. Why?

Watch the full video here.

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