Safe treatments for acne?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I would go gentler and avoid things like Proactiv; it’s probably plenty safe, but your skin is likely more sensitive now and would be ebst served by not drying it out and overtreating it.

Try washing your face only at night and exfoliating every few days (with a natural scrub, perhaps). Then use a gentle toner to balance your skin. Follow up with a moisturizer and then moisturize again in the morning. it will take a week or two for your skin to adjust to being washed less, but after that, you will stop overproducing oil to compensate for dehydrating your skin when you cleanse.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Dermatologist!

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@canarydiamond:  I can’t speak for the OP, but I certainly don’t have the money, especially not now that I’m pregnant, to spend on a dermatologist or on the medication he/she might prescribe. Many insurance policies specifically exclude non-cancer-related dermatological care.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

my derm was more cautious about what products i should use than my obgyn – she ok’d sulphur based products for big pimples, and even salicyic acid (which i personally hate, and which may also be too much for sensitive pregnancy skin right now).  

 

Things i SWEAR by – Cerave facewash and moisturizer.  You can also use baking sodea mixed with water for a scrub every night – it’s gentel enough for that. I tend to steer towards products for sensitive skin, even though my skins not technically that,  since I found i have less extreme craziness w my skin that way. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I use tea tree oil, Every other night I wet a cotton swab and then do one swoosh of tea tree oil, and then lightly brush over my face and neck. My friend just uses a drop because her skin is super sensative.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I feel like that Dickenson’s Pore Perfecting Toner should be safe….I would definitely do more research, but it is all natural (witch hazel) with no chemicals. And it has worked WONDERS for so many bees’ skin! I just bought it two days ago after hearing about it on here, and it is already working…I got it at Walgreens for $5.

Post # 12
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Honey bee

I use just a basic knockoff of Cetaphil and it’s improved my acne by a ton. Aveeno Smart Essentials is also really great!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have pretty nasty hormonal acne, and I find sulfur treatments work great. I use Peter Thomas Roth’s acne spot treatment (which has sulfur and glycolic acid) and sulfur mask. Not sure whether its safe in pregnancy, but its worth researching! 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Acne Getaway 101. I have TERRIBLE acne and this got rid of it. It’s all natural.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Going to a dermatologist might be pointless. I was on an antibiotic (bactrim) before TTC, but that wasn’t going to be safe for pregnancy. I went to two dermatoligists for an alternative treatment that they could be confident would be equally effective and also safe, and they said they just didn’t have anything to offer. All they would give me was a topical antibiotic (clindamyacin). 

I’ve been using sulfur masks and benzoyl peroxide washes and spot treatments. It doesn’t prevent breakouts the way my antibiotic used to. I now have the worst skin I’ve had in years, and can only look forward to it geting worse. I recently invested in a Clarisonic, so hopefully that will start to work. 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My gyno/OB told me that salicylic acid is okay as long as its over the counter & not a prescription because the concentration is pretty low. Her advice was no prescription acne treatments & no retinols. 

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