Post # 1
Since going off BC my skin has been awful! But with TTC I’m not sure exactly what to use or what to steer clear of in regards to face products. Also thought about cutting down on dairy but I want to make sure I’m at my healthiest. Any suggestions?
Post # 3
@ecomaha:My skin did a number on me after going off BC which was a year ago and it’s still not better! If you are TTC you want to stay away from products with high amounts of Salicylic Acid or stay away from totally. Also stay away from products that contain phathlates, SLS, and parabens as these can be harmful as well. I’d say stick with a dove bar for your face or go to a Whole Foods type store to find things without the above mentioned products. Why would you need to stay away from dairy? Does that make your skin worse? Also, drink a lot of water and try not to pick (that is what I’m guilty of and it always makes it worse!) good luck, hopefully yours won’t stick around as long as mine has!
Post # 4
I’m guilty of the picking too! Ugh, it’s so hard not to! I’ve heard that too much dairy can make you break out. I was thinking of hormone free milk? I don’t know, I’m at a loss. I feel like I do all the ‘right’ things – wash twice a day, never sleep with makeup on, drink lots of water, change my pillow cases. Nothing helps. What about using products with Benzoyl Peroxide? Is that a no no too? Thanks for letting me know I’m not the only one out there dealing with this!!
Post # 5
@ecomaha: Yes I think Bridal Party is a no no as well. I know exactly how you felt, I tried everything and I felt like a 15 year old boy that’s how bad it was. I got it all over my back, esp. my lower back which I haven’t had since high school. What’s happening is that your body’s hormones are changing and adjusting once off the pill which regulated your period and probably gave you great skin like I had. Hopefully, like most people a few months off bc and you will start to see improvement. I, unfortunately didn’t and then it doesn’t really matter once you TTC because you can’t really use anything effective. Some women say that when they get pregnant their skin clears up and some it just makes it worse! I’m still waiting for mine to go away and I’m 29:(
Post # 6
Ugh, I feel your pain. Before the weddig I was using some prescription strength topical meds and I was on an antibiotic. They worked really well, but not ok while TTC. I just kind of dealt with it for awhile, but now I seem to have found a few products that work well for me. I use cetaphil face wash every day and then the regular St. Ives apricot scrub every other day. The exfoliating has really helped to clear things up. I can’t use it every day though, or my skin gets red and irritated. I also use regular 15spf Neutrogena moisturizer. I’ve found it hydrates really well without leaving my greasy.
Post # 7
- Wedding: January 2011 - Gardens of the World
You could try Avene products- I had a combination of acne and really sensitive skin last year, and my skin cleared up completely using Avene.
Post # 8
I’m pregnant, and my skin has been out of control. My doctor said it was ok to use anything over the counter. I use Nutragena oil free acne wash, but he even ok’d me to use Proactive if I felt like I needed to.
Post # 9
I’ve heard really great things about the Oil Cleansing Method! And will be getting the oils needed today… I’ve found it on other pregnancy and green boards since many OTC washes aren’t safe in pregnancy.
Also, I’ve heard and I know for myself, I can’t wash my fash more than 1x a day b/c it ends up making my oils go CRAZY! I go from oily to dry to super oily, break out, and then dry out again…
With all I’ve heard about it I’m looking forward to the oil cleanse balancing me out =)
oil cleanse site
Post # 10
I use products from The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing line. I use the cleanser, toner, oil free/reducing lotion and the tea tree oil for spot treatment. Works better than anything else I have found so far! I feel your pain, I’ve been getting bad cystic acne around my period for the last 2 months I look hideous.
I bought the kit from Sephora and save money too, just an FYI.
Post # 11
I second @Soon2beeMrsM and the Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil Face Wash – it leaves my skin clear and clean and has a great tingling/cooling effect.
I had a prescription for Retin-A that I had to stop when I found out I was pregnant. I miss it!
Post # 12
I’m just starting to try the Boots brand at Target – they have a product line that uses willow tree extract or something like that, and no salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. I started with the toner to see if it made me break out (I have sensitive skin). So far, so good. I’m thinking I might try their daily acne cream (like clearasil gel) next.
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Oh no, no salicylic acid? That is the only thing that ALMOST works! (Same problem here, although we’re not TTC yet.)
Post # 14
I went to the derm specifically for that reason and told him I was TTC. He said they rank skin products on a scale of A-Z based on their safety for pregnancy. Acutane has like a Z, nothing has an A. He prescribed me Clindamycin gel which is a B, and it slowly started to work. (Salicylic Acid is worse than a B.) I also bought CeraVe cleanser and moisturizer at my mom’s suggestion and I love it. It’s suer sensitive, but moisturizing and it really worked for me. It took a good 6 months to figure it out, but my skin is sooo much better now (12 months later).
Post # 15
This won’t help you with what to use, but I wanted to say that to cure my acne I had to cut out dairy. This included cheese, ice cream, milk, etc. It sucked, but you can find subsitutes for everything. I drink lactose free or soy milk and eat a lot of goat cheese and frozen yogurt 🙂
It worked for me.
Post # 16
I’m not TTC, but fish oil pills help with my skin, and I’m pretty sure they are safe during pregnancy as long as they say on the bottle “purified to eliminate mercury”. Of course I would check with your OBGYN. Also, it can get pricey, but check out Evanhealy products. They are all natural and scored a zero on the cosmetic database for harmful ingredients.