Post # 1
So for a few years now I have used a sulfur based face wash that was prescribed by my derm to help combat acne (late 20s and tired of that nonsense….) My OB said that this type of face wash is a no-go when you become preggers. Anybody have a favorite OTC/Grocery Store type of face wash they use?
I haven’t shopped OTC in a while and don’t know whats good :)…
Post # 2
I use a shu uemura one that I love! It’s a cleansing oil. Not sure if it’s suitable though? But it melts away makeup and leaves me skin soft and not at all red. I do still get some mild breakouts if I don’t use a gentle toner too but I play with my face a lot while thinking so that’s probably why I get those lol
Post # 3
meadow_jersey: I use CeraVe. Dermotologist recommended and it is very safe for pregnancy, which is why I chose it. I use their foaming face cleanser. It is very gentle, and I must say, I was prone to breakouts before but haven’t had one since I started using it! I bought it at Walmart for $11 two or three weeks ago and it is still quite full after using it twice a day. You should check out Amazon reviews. I really do like it.
Post # 4
I use kiehls products and have always had good luck with them, my sister used them while she was pregnant. For a gentle drug store brand you could also check out cetaphil.
Post # 5
meadow_jersey: I don’t get it. I just looked it up. WebMD
“You should not use any products that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or any of the retinoids. They are not safe to use during pregnancy,” says Jamal, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology and microbiology at NYU Medical Center in New York City.
What you can try, she says, are sulphur-based topical products, as well as those containing glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acids, or any at-home microdermabrasion treatment
Post # 6
I use Cetaphil at night to get my makeup off and 9 to 5 by Lush in the morning because it makes my skin super soft. I do have some breakouts but I think it’s because I touch my face a lot (bad, I know!). My skin is sensitive so I don’t like to use anything stronger than these.
Post # 7
My dermatologist recommended a plain dove beauty bar. I thought she was nuts, but tried it anyways.
I swear by it. Nothing has ever given me a better complexion…and the price doesn’t hurt either!
Post # 8
Cetaphil. I’ve used it for the past 3ish years and my skin has calmed down. My dermatologist recommended getting away from harsher products targeted at acne.
Post # 9
octoberbaby: I’ve read differing stuff – I’d have to go and search to find them again, but I’ve actually read studies showing the safety of benzoyl peroxide during pregnancy. As far as I understand, there is no harm using it topically in small doses – so, you know, don’t drink it and you should be good. I have heard that salicilic acid is a no-go though. Unfortunately, I don’t know enough about sulfur.
meadow_jersey: I changed up my face routine about a month or two ago and had pregnancy in mind when I did, as my DH and I will be TTC starting in July. I can’t remember who recommended it, but it was actually another bee’s comment on a different thread that led me to check out Acne.org – I’ve been using “The Regimen” from that site since, and my face has never looked better. I use mostly the OTC products they suggest (although I did order their benzoyl peroxide treatment, as I think it’s a better value for the size than most OTC products available) – the whole idea is using products that minimize irritation, and using them in a very gentle manner (again, being rough with your face causes irritation, which causes acne). I use Olay Foaming Cleanser for sensitive skin, the Acne.org benzoyl peroxide treatment, an Olay sensitive moisturizer with SPF during the day, and a mix of AHA and Cetaphil lotion at night.
Post # 10
SuperKate: Second the Cetaphil recommendation. My mom and I have rosacea and a dermatologist recommended it.
Post # 11
I get really painful cystic acne now that I’m pregnant and my midwife said Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Toner was safe to use. It helps dry them up really quickly and helps with redness and itchiness.
Post # 12
another CeraVe suggestion. either that or cetaphil.
Post # 13
Another vote for Cetaphil. I use the wash and lotion and my skin has calmed considerably, even while pregnant.
Post # 14
I use CeraVe foaming cleanser and love it. I also like Cetaphil and used that for years.
Post # 15
I wash my face with raw honey. Sounds weird, but my skin has never been better!