Post # 1
I suffer from adult acne and have my entire adult life. I have kept it under control over the years with presciptions from my dermatologist – gels/creams daily and antibiotics on occasion. Now that we are TTC, I cannot use these anymore. My skin has responded by blowing up pretty terribly. At the risk of sounding incredibly vain, I’ll confess that I have always feared this because I knew I couldn’t use my meds during pregnancy.
So I ask, are there any treatments that CAN be used while TTC/pregnant to prevent and clear up acne? I’m open to natural treatments as well as dietary advice. Anything really.
Post # 3
@NJmeetsBX: no advice for you, i’m just commenting to check back on responses. i have the same question, myself!!!
Post # 4
I’ve always had really mild acne even on the pill, so now that I’ve been off for about 9 months it’s gotten progressively worse. So far the only thing that has made a difference (that I like!) is the Arbonne products. They are made of natural products, and although they are a bit pricey, I find they do work and I feel comfortable using them while TTC and one day (hopefully!) when pregnant.
Here is the link to their products. 🙂
and this is their acne line -> http://www.arbonne.ca/products/beyond_basics/wash.asp
Post # 5
I’m pregnant and just asked my OB about acne treatments. She said any over the counter product is fine, including those with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
Natural remedies I’ve heard of are tea tree oil and witch hazel.
Post # 6
If you want to treat the actual issue of adult acne, you need to talk to a healthcare professional (preferably a Naturopathic Doctor) about your testosterone levels. There are natural supplements (not sure if they are ok to use while TTC or pregnancy) that you can take to manage your testosterone production that will actually fix your skin.
That’s why the pill works – it helps to block testosterone production in the body while you’re on it. When you go off, everything blows up.
I’ve been using a testosterone “calmer” for a few months and my skin has never been better. I did this because I needed to get off the pill and let my body figure itself out before TTC.
Post # 7
I’ll get to researching. Thanks!
Post # 8
hmmm i use proactiv and that works great for me. although i never had acne until i got pregnant. but that stuff clears it right up! 🙂
Post # 9
My dermatologist gave me erythromycin gel for acne, saying it was the go-to acne medication for pregnant women and it seemed to work well. I stopped using it, though, because it is Category B and it states “Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, this drug should be used in pregnancy only if clearly needed.” I don’t have bad acne, only some blackheads and a couple pimples occasionally so I would rather not use a prescription drug unless I really need it. My doctors all said it was fine to use, though.
Post # 10
@Happy2bMrs: can you tell me what you are using? Feel free to PM me if you prefer. I’m seeing a naturopath next week and super exciting – I have elevated testosterone and feel like this is definitely not helping my acne. 🙁
Post # 11
@StaceyA: I will definitely PM you! I completely understand where you’re coming from worrying about your skin! Thankfully, my Naturopath has been a huge help. It feels so good to finally be off all of the antibiotics, face cleansers, etc that I was using to try and control my skin.
Post # 12
could you please PM me aswell, with the same information 🙂
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I have had acne since I was in 6th grade and still have adult acne now. I’ve taken perscriptions (topical and oral), used Proactiv, used Clinique (acne line and oily skin line)… just about anything you can think of, and the best thing I ever did was to abandon all that stuff and start being gentler to my skin. I still have adult acne, but a lot less and nothing to be embarassed about. Plus, now my skin is properly hydrated and doesn’t get all flaky and oily at the same time. It took about a month for my skin to adjust, but I really encourage you to just adandon all the heavy treatment and try to let your skin do its own thing. It probably hasn’t had that opportunity long term since before puberty.
AM: I shower but I do not wash my face. I then moisturize, currently with Clinque moisture surge. If I work that day, I put on makeup (just normal, noncomedogenic stuff… nothing specifically for oily skin or acne prone skin… most MAC).
PM: I wash my face with a Clarisonic Mia (with sensitive skin brush head) and Body Shop’s seaweed cleanser. I then clean the brushhead (and once or twice a week I soak it in hydrogen peroxide). I tone, preferably with the seaweed toner, but when I’m too poor to buy it, I use witch hazel. Then I moisturize same as the morning.
Seriously, my skin is loads better and then entire regimen is safe for me and my developing baby.
Post # 14
@-crayola-: PM’d you with the info 🙂
Post # 15
@Happy2bMrs: I would like a PM as well!
Post # 16
I am in the same boat as you! I have been on medication after medication and through every topical cream imaginable. One thing that has helped me a lot is using the Clarisonic brush. I even bought the acne brushes that go with it. I use it every night with a face wash that has salicylic acid in it or a scrub. My skin has been looking amazing!