Post # 1
I normally have terrible acne. Before I got pregnant, I was taking Duac in the morning and Retin-A at night every day–that’s how bad it was. When I became pregnant, I of course had to stop both medications, and my terrible acne has been back throughout my pregnancy. I work at home, so thankfully no one has to see my gross face except me and my husband, but my baby shower is coming up soon and I don’t want to look like a pepperoni pizza! The doctor said I can use anything over the counter to try and treat it, so I was wondering if anyone has any go-to products I should try? I have tried Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash for a month now and it seems completely useless. Also tried OXY Daily Defense Exfoliating Face Scrub for a while, which seems to work a tiny bit better, but still not that great. Help!
Post # 2
geeky_bee: I personally like aveeno products as well as apricot scrub as an exfoliant.
Post # 3
Honestly I’ve always just used Clean and Clear for acne breakouts. It’s formulated for teen skin, but acne is acne and it’s always helped clear me up. I use the wash and astringent (but don’t start off with the astringent more than 1x a day until your skin gets used to it).
Post # 4
I had this problem, I stopped with all acne facewashes and just use citaphil soap.. the acne soaps were only making it worse… especially in my cold/dry climate.
Post # 5
DO NOT use cheap pharmacy face wash! This is a big big no no. Iknow aa lot of people will disagree with me here but they have a lot of bad ingredients in them!!!
I am from australia and it is an australian product but you can buy it online. Yes, it is expensive, but it has great ingredients in it for your skin. its called ASAP.
I use a soothing gel which has aloe vera and green tea in it and omg, my face isn’t as red and blotchy as it used to be. On the shower i use the facial cleanse for mornings and at night i use the cleanse & the exfoliation one. This helps to take away the dry and dead skin cells.
After i get out of the shower at nice i put on a serum (yes i know serums are meant to be bad but this works wonders!) It hydrates your skin amazingly. I use the super B serum. Then i allow that todry and put an anti aging night cream on. You sleep with that on and wake up with super smooth skin.
P.s – they also have an ointment which is called something like ‘spot free’ and that can be dabbed on your acne l, preferablly right away when you can feel one coming through. I felt a pimple coming up last night, did my routine in moisturing and then a dabof the ointment and it is no where near as bad as it was last night!
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Post # 6
I’ve had bad acne before too (was even on Accutane for a little while). Luckily it cleared up by itself for the most part a year or two ago and I was surprised that it didn’t come back during this pregnancy. Maybe I out grew it or maybe I just found out my ideal skin regimen. I used to go for all those harsh acne cleansers and found out that it was irritating my skin and making my acne worse. I use a gentle soap free cleanser on my face now with the Olay moisturizing lotion for sensitive skin. To spot treat break outs I use the Neutrogena benzoyl peroxide cream which I think is only 2.5% instead of the maximum 10% they sell over the counter. I’m so glad I finally figured out what works for me. I wish you luck!
Post # 7
Not pregnant yet but I have been breaking out since coming off BC a few months ago. I use the Murad clarifying cleanser and I love it. I’ve tried so many types of acne cleanser in the past and this is the only one that has worked for me. The active ingredient is Salicylic Acid 1.5% so I’m not sure if that’s safe during pregnancy?
I’ve been using Josie Argan pure argan oil on my face the past 2 weeks or so because I heard it’s a safe alternative to harsh acne products and I absolutely love it! I’ve had minimal breakouts and my face stays oil free all day.
Post # 8
Look no further:
http://www.paulaschoice.com/pores-b <—this right here is worth your while.
I bought it 3weeks ago. By the end of the 1st week my skin was looking
smooth, smaller pores, less break out. Just us a good moisturizer as it
can cause dryness. The BHA helps prevent scarring and dark spots.
I take a day or two break from it if skin is to dry.
Paula’s Choice products are the bomb.
I stayed away from her stuff even though I knew about it for a long time
because I thought her stuff where too expensive but I can be frugal at times.
I did the over-the-counter stuff for years. I don’t buy acne products over the counter stuff anymore. I can’t remember the last time I did.
Post # 9
geeky_bee: I got a plant peel (like a chemical peel, but supposedly more natural) before our wedding and it was awesome, it really helped clear up my skin and unclog my pores. I googled whether chemical peels are safe during pregnany and it sounds like the ones that use lactic acid ARE ok, since lactic acid is found in your body anyway. I’d ask your doctor or dermatologist to see what they say but that is what I would do if I were you! Good luck, acne sucks!
Post # 10
I was also on Duac and I was told that I could use it every once in awhile. I have used it a few times, but as we both know that wasn’t enough to do anything. I have just let my face go, washing with cetaphil morning and night, moisturizing and accepting that I will have acne until I am done breastfeeding 🙁
Post # 11
geeky_bee: I don’t have super bad acne but I was using the Acne Free system for years (and Proactiv before that) and my dr advised me to stop using it once I became pregnant. I started breaking out right away as soon as I stopped. I would wake up to new pimples every morning. I am 18 weeks pregnant now and it took me until last week to find a combo of cleansers and moisturizers that worked for me. I use the Olay Sensitive Skin face wash in the morning and the Olay 4-in-1 Cleansing Cloths at night and Neutrogena’s Oil Free moisturizer for combination skin both in the morning and at night. I was using Cetaphil’s daily moisturizer (even before I was pregnant) but my skin starting have weird reactions to it. Once I started using the Neutrogena moisturizer I haven’t had a new breakout and my old ones are starting to clear up nicely.
Post # 12
My dermatologist prescribed an erythromicin (not sure I spelled that right) gel that she said was safe during pregnancy. Also, topical sulfur is pregnancy safe and works great for my acne!
Post # 13
Unfortunately, hormonal acne is not going to necessarily react positively to any topical treatments.
With my first pregnancy, I got really bad, rash-like acne all over my face. I used a plain dove bar to wash (recommended by my dermatologist), and arbonne night cream. Those worked for me, but it’s not really a one-size fits all solution.
You may find that the second and third trimesters provide you with clearing of your skin. Good luck!
Post # 14
urchin: I am pretty sure it’s not hormonal, just because it’s always been this bad when I am not on the baby-mutating medication, pregnant or not. But you are definitely right, if it’s hormonal there is likely not much I can do about it. 🙁
Thanks for all the suggestions so far, ladies!
Post # 15
The Regimen from Acne.org
I started using the products when 4 months pregnant, for the first time in 19 years my skin cleared up. I swear by it.