(Closed) Pimples, dry skin, acne… Yuck. Any advice?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@yougotme:  Three things come to mind – first, clean your make up brushes (I try to do this every six months – I simply take a drop of shampoo and warm water).  Second, lemon/citrus bar from Lush (not a fan of the store but this bar has saved me where acne is concerned).  Lastly, a touch of organic first press coconut oil (you will find this in a health supermarket and super cheap for the amount you get) as your nighttime moisturizer.  

Post # 5
981 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

I use Origins Checks and Balances, which is a gentle face wash, with a Clairsonic brush, followed by a Clinique toner (should be prengnancy-safe ingredients) and a mild lotion or body oil (Bio Oil on both face and belly!). Don’t worry too much about acne at this point… for me, it came and went week by week, and I still get periodic BAD days. Your body is still adjusting to the hormones, so try not to make too many major changes, as that could upset your oil balance even more.

Post # 6
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yuck, acne was one of my very worst symptoms in the beginning. I agree with @cherrypie:‘s last comment that you should not make huge changes right now!

A gentle cleanser at least morning and night, and again after a workout or any type of sweat, followed by a light moisturizer, most likely with oil to ease the dryness. I also used an astringent (start once a day and work up to twice if needed) with salycic acid. Some articles say salycic acid is a no-go during pregnancy, so check with your doctor first. Cetaphil cleanser is supposed to be great and gentle, and I have a light Olay moisturizer that I love.   

The skin issues should pass, mine did at around 11 weeks. 

Post # 7
1133 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

FYI – my OB, who is very lenient, that I absolutely cannot use any product with salicylic acid or beta hydroxy in it. You’ll find this and almost all faith and ask me watches. Be very careful with which product you use on your face when you’re pregnant.

Post # 8
2906 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have awful hormonal acne which was extra awful when I was pregnant. Sulfur products are safe to use on pregnancy and, for me, do a great job of clearing up my skin. Try Peter Thomas Roth’s sulfur mask!

Post # 9
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I’s cut back on your skin care routine. Wash your face only at night with a gentle cleanser that is not targeted for acne. Then, use a balanced toner and moisturise. In the morning, moisturise. If you exfoliate (with a clarisonic brush or a scrub or whatever), only do that once a week. 

Post # 10
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I started having crazy terrible break outs and dry skin with this pregnancy, so this is what I do now:

1. Virgin Coconut oil to wash off any makeup/buildup on my face everynight, on a cold damp cloth.

2. Simple brand exflioating scrub, wash off with cold water.

3. Simple extra moisturizing lotion.

Two days a week after I do those three steps I rub in Maracuja Oil (tarte brand from sephora)

Now my skin looks like 95% better! and it’s smooth.

Post # 11
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@yougotme:  sadly for me in first tri there was nothing I could do to help. It does get better though! The one thing that kept it under control was apricot scrub one a day and cerave lotion. I tried to wear minimal makeup too – ugh so awful!

Post # 12
1070 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Perhaps try Tea Tree Face Wash from the Body Shop? It’s pretty good for acne issues.

Post # 13
299 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had acne issues before I was pregnant and the only thing to help it was the Acne Free system. My doctor told me not to use it because she wasn’t sure on most of the ingredients. She also told me the acne now is hormonal and you can’t do much about it. So I use an Olay Sensitive Skin face wash in the morning and use the Olay 4 in 1 cleansing cloths at night. I also use the cetaphil face moisturizer and it has kept my acne down. I did have a few more breakouts after starting the facewash but it’s hard to say if that was my skin getting used to it or the hormomes. Good luck!

Post # 14
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Before I was pregnant, I used a couple Estee Lauder products and I was pretty happy with my skin. While I was pregnant I was breaking out pretty bad so I started to use coconut oil. It was the only thing I could use, it made my face nice and clear and soft. I didn’t have to use a moisturizer. Now at 6 months PP, I still only use coconut oil to wash my face. It works well, maybe try that. I get the big tub from Costco and use it for a bunch of other things too.

Post # 15
879 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Has anyone been getting bumps on their arms – they’re not pimples like I’d get on my face, but if I squeeze them then there’s like a white core that comes out (sorry TMI!!) I’d been washing my arms with my facewash (Dermalogica special cleansing gel) but it didn’t make any difference, they were still there. So I switched to an exfoliating body wash (St Ives apricot scrub) and it’s possibly making them worse. They’re really unsightly and I wondered if anyone had experienced them and had any tips?

Post # 16
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I second Bio Oil: good for belly/boobs/hips/butt/upper thighs AND face!

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