My skin hates me since TTC- please help!

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
2187 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am still suffering with less than perfect skin (at 19 weeks pregnant) but my skin was a mess while TTC and for the first trimester. It was horrible and embarrasing. I’d rotate from having painful big zits to the little annoying pimples you described.

My face is not perfect but it’s seen a lot of improvement lately.

I found the following helped:

Wash face every morning with warm water and a facecloth. Use the facecloth in circular or upwards motions as the skin on your face is like roof tiles, if you go up you can get rid of the dead cells that are on there waiting to increase the risk of more bad skin

Wash again with a cleanser/exfoliant (I exfoliate once a day to avoid dried out skin)


Gentle moisturizer – Cetaphil makes a good one. I also really like the Arbonne FC5 line and their clear skin line

Oil free make up if possible

Repeat the make up removal/washcloth/toner at night, no moisturizer.

It seems like a lot, but i think just making sure all the “crap” comes off my face each morning/night has really helped.

Oh-  and  drink lots, and lots of water. 🙂

Post # 4
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

It sounds counterintuitive, but it could be that your skin has become more dry and sensitive since coming off of bc and is now over-producing oil to compensate. Since you are not seeing results with products designed to reduce oil, you may want to swing in the opposite direction and try super gentle products designed to moisturize. I wash my face in the morning with raw honey and moisturize with CeraVe for normal-dry skin. At night I wash with CeraVe moisturizing wash and moisturize with Elizabeth Arden serum (and CeraVe moisturizer, too, in the cooler months). I spent a decade dealing with oil overproduction, only to realize that every product I put on to reduce oil was actually the cause of my problem in the first place. Go figure.

Post # 5
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve heard good things about tea tree.  I would avoid the products marketed towards teens – They are often too harsh for your skin and can cause a lot of irritation.  Look for products made for adult acne. I’ve heard that salicylic acid works better than benzoyl peroxide.  Also, find a good toner.  You’d be amazed at what sort of gunk gets left behind!


Check out this video on how Rachel got rid of adult acne while TTC:


Good luck!

Post # 6
3153 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My face has been pretty bad lately too, it’s terrible!

Sounds like there’s a lot of good info on here! 🙂

Post # 7
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@PoppyH:  oh my me too! I went in bcp when I was 14 to control my skin.. Coming off it totally forgot this was a consequence! Large systic pimples all over.. And so oily! My fayou used to be as dry as a bone.. Now it’s completely flipped! I’ve tried st Ives, clean and clear, oil free makeup, new makeup, new moisturizer.. Eek nothing has worked! I’m going to go the natural/organic route next I think.

over it! I feel your pain. And I’m also 6 weeks pregnant 

Post # 8
4509 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@PoppyH:  I went through the same stage when I got off the pill and tried everything that I could possibly find to make it better and I think it only made it worse.  I finally went to a dermatologist who treated it right away.  My skin is better now and even though I still break out when AF is about to arrive, it isnt as bad as it used to be.  It is very controlled now. 

Post # 9
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@PoppyH:  I actually had this same question two months ago when I came off the pill. My skin is still oily but not as bad and it doesn’t cause breakouts.

I only wash my face once a day, and I did NOT follow up with a moisturizer at first. I use Cetaphil foaming oil control wash. I decided to stick with my face wash because I knew it wasn’t my face wash’s fault. Like I said, once a day (usually morning) and then no follow up moisturizer.

About 2 weeks ago my skin started to return somewhat to normal, so I started using the moisturizer in the morning again. My forehead still gets slightly greasy, but I am thankful it wasn’t like it was when I first went off. My cheeks, chin, and nose were like a damn slip and slide, lol. That has all went away now.

Post # 10
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Jojoba oil is supposed to be really good for oily, acne prone skin. I know it sounds counterintuitive to put oil on oily skin, but jojoba oil isn’t actually an oil. You can read about it here.

If you decide to try it, the most important thing is that you choose organic, cold pressed jojoba oil. Anything refined will probably make you break out. 

I’m actually in the same boat as you and am about to bite the bullet and give jojoba oil a try. It can be pretty pricey but I’ve been reading about it for years as a great product for acne. 

Post # 11
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have the same type of acne, I even had a systic tumor removed from behind my ear to try and remove the source of it and I still get little ones on my neck and jaw line. I finally broke down and went to a esthtician. She finally has me on a great skin care line Cell Renewal. I have found my complection is way better but I have to wash my face twice at night,on top of a  toner and skin cream and another moisturizer. In the morning I was my face one, I have a serum and a moisturizer. It sounds like alot but with the results i’m having it’s worth it. I would just go and have a facial and see what they recommend. I hope this helps.

Post # 12
980 posts
Busy bee

I’m not TTC but I have experienced awful acne hen not on the pill. The only thing that has worked for my phisohex. I found that using pimple treatments only ever brings more out and doesn’t get rid of them at all. Now all I use is warm water and phisohex if I get a breakout. 

Other than that try some crushed aspirin in honey and put that on your pimples. The aspirin calms them down and honey stops scarring.

ETA: plus one on the oil – your skin possible isn’t oily enough and is producing more and over compensating. 

Post # 13
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

It might sound crazy, but you should try using diaper cream! I had the exact same issue and using diaper cream initially all over, and then as a spot treatment has completely fixed my skin! The only negative is that it can be a pain to wash off (since it’s supposed to stay on a baby when they’re wet) but it doesn’t bleach clothes like benzoyl peroxide and its really cheap and best of all (at least for me) it only took like three days to make a huge difference! apparently the active ingredient that does the trick is the zinc oxide which reduces inflammation and helps healing, it’s also found in calamine lotion, so you could probably try that first if you don’t have diaper cream on hand… For reference I’ve been using Burt’s bees which is like 40% ZnO, but I think it might become drying after a while so I’m going to see what other brands have lower percentages…

Post # 14
360 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Your skin is probably an oilslick because it’s oversensitive and probably a little dry. Use a gentle but thorough cleanser – I use Clinique’s foaming facial wash. I also Clinique’s clarifying lotion (but the most sensitive one of all) and finally, a REALLY GOOD moisturiser. Johnson’s 24 hour daily moisturiser is really great. So is Clinique’s Moisture Surge. I wouldn’t bother with teen skin products; they usually contain harsher chemicals that send your skin into overdrive. I’d also aim to exfoilate once or twice a week, and use some face packs if you can too. Good luck TTC!

Post # 15
360 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

OH, and I forgot to mention. Try getting a flannel in hot water and just sitting with it over your face for 5 minutes. Then splash with cold, and follow with moisturiser. It’s like a mini facial! Helped me 🙂

Post # 16
8818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m suffering from pregnancy acne big time. I had it before then it got worse. I had cystic acne all over one side of my face. Now the pimples are fading but they pretty much caused instant scars. I have no idea what to do. Vitamine E doesn’t work, Bio Oil doesn’t work, Mederma doesn’t work, any and all of the products listed by PP’s above don’t work.

Just before getting PG I went to a skin clinic to investigate laser surgery and they put me on a very expensive skin care line. It didn’t really do anything so I went back to using my Normaderm by Vichy line. But now I’m left with half a face full of scars and it’s so depressing 🙁

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