Post # 1
Anyone else having skin problems during pregnancy? I keep getting bumps and pimples on my face, chest and back. There are such limitations on what products we can and cannot use for the safety of the baby… what works for you?
Post # 3
I’m not having skin problems but I’ve heard that’s a sign you’re having a girl! I wonder if that will be true for you :). My skin has actually cleared up a lot since getting pregnant and I’m having a boy.
I had a problem with body acne (mostly on my back) a couple years ago and I found that the Neutrogena Body Clear Body Spray worked amazingly well. I *think* it’s safe to use while pregnant but you might want to check out the ingredients just to be sure.
Post # 4
@laa320: I haven’t broken out on my body luckily, but my face breaks out every now and then. I use Cetaphil face wash and folow up with a moisturizer. I haven’t changed my regimen becuase I don’t want to break out even more. I use baby wash as my body wash because it doesn’t have any harsh chemicals or fumes in it that can irritate skin. I actually switched to that about a year ago when I kept getting infections. Maybe try switching your soap/body wash?
Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.
Post # 5
I’ve had backne the entire time I’ve been pregnant, to the point where I can’t imagine not being pregnant anymore and not having to chase down zits on my damn shoulder blades all the time. Nothing has helped so I just deal with it, but I feel your pain for sure.
Post # 6
I use the st ives apricot scrub still! It always did good things for me. But even washing your face well, it can come inevitably.
The St. Ives Apricot Scrub does have that sylistic acid or whatever… but I do not let it sit and soak on my skin I use it to scrub and rinse it off, and that is perfectly safe .
Post # 7
I use cerave facial soap with moisturizer, in the evenings, I use it with the clarisonic and get my chest and back, in the mornings I just use my hands. I also do the Aztec Mud facial twice a week, it has really helped keep my skin smooth.
Post # 8
I got facial acne my first trimester and a little bit of body acne at the beginning of my second trimester. By the middle of my pregnancy, nearly all of my acne everywhere was gone (minus the random one that pops up sporadically). Since I got pregnant, I use Lush (specially the Ocean Salt, Tea Tree Water, Enzymion, Grease Lightning) for my face and body (their soaps).
Post # 9
@laa320: Mine is awful and I usually have perfectly clear skin. Maybe it’s a girl! 😉 Honestly, I haven’t found anything that works. It’s started to clear up a bit in the 2nd trimester but not nearly close to being clear. I tried Belli (pregnancy-safe) products but they didn’t do anything and were expensive. I’m just going back to my normal products (aveeno and apricot scrub) and see if that helps.
Post # 10
mine has been terrible since getting pregnant. I am having a girl so maybe it is true
Post # 11
My first and a chunk of my second trimesters I had awful skin. My Mother-In-Law told me it looked like I had a rash all over my face (and I typically have pretty tame skin). It even itched a bit like a rash!
I started using Arbonne’s FC5 skin line while I was pregnant and that has worked wonders for me, even now, 3 years later.
My dermatologist also swears by using a Dove soap bar for sensitive skin. I use that to wash my face every night, and also love it. Doesn’t dry my skin at all!
Unfortunately when you’re pregnant, the acne is from hormones, so no matter what products you use, it’s not going to solve the problem until your hormones are back to balanced.
..and although I don’t believe in a lot of gender myths.. I had a girl, FWIW!
Post # 12
My back and collarbone area look horrible 🙁 My doctor told me that since it’s hormonal, I just have to wait out, and it should go away as my pregnancy progresses, or at least after baby. I think scarves are going to be my best friend to cover up my chest and collarbone, once it isn’t 90 degrees here.
Post # 13
I strongly recommend looking into Vitamin D3 supplements. Not only is D3 good for acne, but also good for the baby! Pregnant women should be taking 4,000 IU daily and prenatal vitamins only contain 400 IU, so unless you’re getting a lot of sunshine and D3 from other foods, I would ask your doctor about adding an extra D3 supplement. I started taking this back when I started getting acne again and, along with using non-acne, gentle cleansers and moisturizers, my skin is great! I am 14 weeks pregnant, and I have had three very manageable pimples.
Post # 14
Mine has been terrible on my face, it’s super red and broke out and my skin is super dry at the same time! Everytime I wear makeup it makes it 100X worse.
Nothing has helped me so far. 🙁
Post # 15
gahh! well at least it sounds like I’m not alone in this. Thanks for all the helpful hints and tips, ladies! I *hope* the wives’ tales are true 😉
Post # 16
I’m 11 weeks and have been having acne issues only on my face. They are the big deep ones and seem to pop up overnight which is super annoying. I’m In my best friends wedding this weekend so I hope my face clears by then!!
ETA: I didnt know you cant use certain face products when pregnant! I wash my face with cetaphil daily facial cleanser and benzol peroxide for a spot treatment.