Acne During Pregnancy…Ugh!

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
4416 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@NewYearsEve:  I have definitely been suffering pregnancy-related acne as well (mostly BACKNE for me). I don’t really have a lot of advice … but what I remember reading was that preggo acne is very much the same as puberty acne — that is, it’s coming from INSIDE your body, not outside — so there’s not much by way of topical creams that will help. Just keep your face clean (but don’t overdo it or you aggravate the skin) and then watch what you eat and drink LOTS of water to help keep yourself cleaned out. Hopefully others can chime in with more helpful advice!

Post # 4
1286 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My MD said anything sold OTC is fine, including clinique and proactive. Daily I wash twice with cetaphil (in the AM, just soap, PM I use the clarisonic). I do a mud mask twice weekly, I like Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. I control larger cystic acne by soaking a cotton ball in warm water, the holding it to the pimple for a few minutes, then putting acne medicine on it (I like Mario Badescu – Buffering Lotion). I still don’t have perfect skin, but it is better than what it was. I hope that helps!

Post # 5
8888 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m having the same problem. I had acne to start and now it’s cystic acne.  I had been using super expensive products from a skin clinic but they weren’t helping. So I switched back to Normaderm by Vichy and they’re not cystic anymore. Just regular acne. I’m hoping it keeps helping.

Post # 6
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had horrible acne during the first tri. Like really bad. My cheeks were toally broken out (and my chin, nose.. gross). I talked to my midwife and she also said anything sold OTC was just fine. I had originally been avoiding everything because of the salicylic acid but she said it was in such small % for most things that it was safe to use. Since then, I’ve used a Clearasil exfoliating wash/scrub each morning and night followed by a generic toner (bought at Target for $4). I find doing that twice daily and using the Cetaphil moisturizer in the morning has made a HUGE difference. I am back to having very minimal acne (just those little pimples that typically are gone in a day) but the major stuff has gone down.

I think if you’re unsure of which products you are comfortable using to just contact your doctor/ob/midwife etc and see if they can recommend something for you. I’d definitely stay away from the super strong “acne” stuff as the salicylic acid content is probably a bit higher in those.

Also, like PP mentioned, warm/hot water soaked cotton balls applied to problem areas for a couple minutes at a time followed by a spot treatment works really well.

Good luck, I hope it improves for you too. I had lots of people actualyl commenting on how bad my acne was and it was horrible. 🙁


Post # 7
2402 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have had really bad back acne since becoming pregnant. I’m 33 weeks and it hasn’t gone away – if anything, it’s gotten worse. It’s now going on my neck and shoulders, too. It doesn’t really matter what I do. :-/ Yours may clear up later in your pregnancy, but unfortunately mine didn’t and I think it’s one of those things you just have to wait out. 

Post # 8
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Mine is out of control too. It is really bad on my cheeks and under my jaw. I have a sulphur mask fom Sephora that I love. But unfortunately this only shortens the amount of time on my face, not the amount I have. If that makes sense. I get facials every four weeks and my esthetician just says that my hormones will level out. I totally feel for you though. I’m 9w+1 and it as bad as ever. 

Post # 9
1081 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yep, 25 weeks and the acne hasn’t gotten better at all.  I have it worse on my back/shoulders/chest than on my face, but my face is really never without at least 1 pimple (at the moment I have 2 fresh ones that popped up yesterday and 3 that are almost healed).  

I have found one thing that makes me feel less greasy is to actually NOT use face lotion, though.  All my life since a teen I would wash my face in the shower and put Oil of Olay face lotion on right afterwards–never had a problem at all with acne albeit the occasional pimple here and there.  So having this pregnancy acne has been pretty tough on me, I’ve never not had a clear face 🙁  Unfortunately, it’s just something you have to deal with and get through.  Remember, it always looks way worse to you than it does to others, so as long as you make a pretty good effort at covering it up, I’m sure most people don’t think twice about it.  

One thing I have considered is going to a make-up consultant and finding out ways to better cover my pimples, which would help me feel a lot better (since they are definitely not going away).  

So much for a pregnancy “glow,” the only glow I have is the redness radiating off of all my stupid zits.  Yaaay. 

Post # 10
5408 posts
Bee Keeper

Are you taking a prenatal vitamin with copper in it? Excess copper can cause acne so I would check that out. As far as a topical product, this stuff is amazing:

it’s totally natural so no chemicals to worry about. 

Post # 11
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@courtknee379:  Same here! Its awful. I had great skin until i went of BCP, now i look 13 again!!

Post # 12
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I broke out crazy in the first trimester, then it cleared up then it came back in the early 20s weeks, and now it’s better again. (32 weeks now. )I used coconut oil to wash my face and it’s the only thing I can use now. If I try and use my estee lauder or any other face wash, I instantly break out. I also had to stop using all my nice fancy creams. I just use a light moisturizer now and only every other day. Try coconut oil, I swear by it now. I also use it all over my belly and my thighs and so far no stretch marks either. ( I had pre pregnancy stretch marks on my hips and breasts from puberty, so I was positive I’d have lots now ) Hopefully once your hormones balance out it clears up.

Post # 13
3627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I switched to Lush when I got PG and they use a lot of “natural” ingredients and my facial acne is pretty clear (minus one or two small ones) and my body acne (mostly in the cleavage/chest area and the upper back) is relatively clear as long as I’m diligent about cleaning the area and applying topical treatment. I use their salt scrub in the shower and I use their tea tree oil spot treatment on my face/body. I’m currently at 21w and, knock on wood, it’s been going pretty well. I used Clinique before but I was leery of all the chemicals in it while I’m PG. Actually, I still use Clinique’s makeup remover, which I use with my Clarisonic (love).

Post # 14
2499 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@NewYearsEve:  Are you taking any supplements or vitamins? Some, not many, prenatal’s as well as most skin hair & nails vitamins have biotin in them, which alot of people claim can cause acne especially cystic types. I’ve never been pregnant but I used to take multivitamins with 5,000 mg biotin & lets just say the results were less than fabulous for my poor skin!

Post # 16
971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My skin actually cleared up at first I have always had some acne…=[ but the first 5-6 weeks I was really clear…not any more…approaching ten weeks..and it’s like welcome back to middle school. I even have it on my neck!!!! I haven’t had any body acne since I was 16 ugh!!!


I don’t have any advice just to say you’re not alone and it will all be worth it =]


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