Post # 1
By getting off birth control and anticipating eventually getting that BFP, my face went nuts. I was never the one to get crazy breakouts and never really tried with skincare. But now, my skin has exploded with cysts everywhere. On my forhead, chin. They hurt so bad, laying on the pillow makes it hurt.
I started using Cerave because it was gentle, and that has not helped, and actually made it worse. My skin broke out even more since using it and I have been for a month now.
What is a good skin care routine that I could transition into pregnancy so that it is safe.
Thank you ladies!
Post # 3
I recommend the Clinique line for acne. I use the face/body bar because it lasts forever and is so gentle. No perfumes or extras to irritate skin. When I got off BCP I experienced major breakouts I’ve been able to control with the clinique bar, witch hazel as an astringent and aloe if my skin is dry as a lotion. So far so good. I’ve totally been there with hormonal acne and it sucks. 🙁 Those deep down zits hurt like hell. I also spot treat with on the spot, small amounts of benxoyl peroxide are okay.
Hope this helps! I’m sorry, I know how much those can hurt!
Post # 4
@SimplyChic11: I’m just surprised I’m reacting this bad. I’ve only been on birth control for five months. Thank you so much! I love Clinique. I’ve only used their makeup. I will have to check it out.
Post # 5
@Mrs.Sunflower: I so hear you. I was okay when I went off BCP (a few breakouts here and there, but nothing major), but since I’ve been pregnant I’ve had the worst skin of my life. It’s terrible and embarassing..my face is covered in cystic acne. I’ve never experienced anything like it before.
Right now I’m using really gentle, natural cleansers (that I got on the recommendation of my naturopath) and a basic, but good, moisturizer, because I find that my skin is getting really dried out and flakey (as weird as that is given the acne issues).
I used to use the Clinique Acne line before I got pregnant, and it was really great. I had to discontinue use with my pregnancy though, as it contains salycylic acid, which is contraindicated during pregnancy.
I just started using the Olay Pro X brush. I was going to get a Clarisonic Mia, but decided to go with the significantly cheaper Olay version first. It’s already made a big difference and I really recommend it.
Post # 6
@Mrs.Sunflower: I work with makeup a lot since I do a lot of film/theatre stuff. Clinique is pretty much the only line that calms my skin down while it treats. I love everything they make! The great thing is the small acne line kit is about 30 bucks but will last 2ish months. Totally worth it. It absorbs well into your skin and leaves it with a matte finish even after the moisturizer. I love it! 🙂
Post # 7
@hergreenapples: I love/use this brush as well. It’s really great especially considering the price.
Post # 8
I’m going to see about that brush, too. I find though, that if I use too much on my face, it goes crazy
Post # 9
I’ve been having the same issue – painful under the skin acne.
I’ve been using this stuff http://www.spectroskincare.com/acne_sensitive_skin_vanishing_lotion.aspx
and it’s really working great!
Post # 10
Since becoming pregnant, my skin has actually seemed to improve, but right before I found out I was pg, my dermatologist prescribed Erythromycin gel to use. I used it for a week or two and then stopped using it when my skin cleared up more since it is recommended to only use it if needed as a Category B drug. I definitely like it more than benzoyl peroxide, though!
Post # 11
I have had bad skin basically since I was 12. I have tried literally everything short of Acutane, which is nasty nasty stuff that I refuse to try…and you definitely can’t use it if you’re planning to get pregnant any time soon. Maybe because it’s been bad for so long I just have given up on medicines, they take lots of effort, cost $$, and don’t seem to really clear it up much. Plus, I don’t want to use anything with chemicals.
I switched about a year ago to a gentle cleansing bar from Indie Lee (www.IndieLee.com) to wash in the shower and her facial serum after I shower, and I wash with a warm washcloth (no soap) before bed. I don’t use creamy moisturizers, but I have really super transluscent skin that moisturizer just rolls right off of, hence the serum. While my skin isn’t perfect, it’s probably the best it’s been since switching to very basic skincare products.
Also, I don’t use conditioner in the shower anymore because it would clog the pores on the back of my neck and sides of my face leading to bad cystic acne, I switched to a moisturizing shampoo and use a very light hair serum a few times a week.
Hopefully yours will clear up during or after your pregnancy, and I hope some of these tips from a 20+ year acne sufferer help while you’re dealing with it!
Post # 13
@Mrs.Sunflower: I’ve always had really bad hormonal breakouts (thanks PCOS) and have tried just about everything – neutrogena, ProActive, Neutrogena Skin ID, yes to carrots, cetaphil, you name it. Before I got pregnant, I was using Alba AcneDote and it was amazing! It’s in the natural skin care aisle at Target and Wal Mart, so it’s a little more gentle than some of the other cleansers. Once I got pregnant, I went back to cetaphil since it didn’t have salicylic acid in it. But, at my first OB appointment, I asked my doctor about it and she said salicylic acid is fine. It’s not like it’s a crazy high dose or anything. I ended up using the Alba in the morning and the cetaphil at night. It works really well for me and helps keep my hormonal breakouts at bay.
Post # 14
I have PCOS as well and have always had bad acne. Proactiv “cured” + benzol peroxide “cured” it in time for my wedding. I stop using both of them when we started TTC as I was not remotely comfortable putting all those chemicals on my skin which is the largest organ of the body.
Now I use AM:
Very gently wash with cetaphil
Tone with Dikinsons pore perfecting witch hazel toner
Moisturize (again, VERY gently, this is key) with cetaphil
Remove make up with Dikinsons pore perfecting witch hazel toner rather than wash. This is vital. Over washing, i.e. more than once a day is the worst thing you can do for acne. Acne is the result of inflamation, washing and scrubbing is the worst thing you can do.
Then I use Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil on my face. I know it seems counter productive to put oil on your face but this stuff works. I linked to the reviews. Seriously. Its amazing. I dont have any cysts because of this stuff.
Then once the oil sinks in a bit I put Cetaphil over the oil.
Please, please PM if you have any questions. I would highly highly recommend you do not get on the proactiv train. Yes it works while you are on it, once you are off. You are f*cked.
Post # 15
my skin was going crazy for awhile and I got it under control with the clinique acne face / body bar as well…and I also love their acne solutions toner. neutrogena on-the-spot benzoyl peroxide cream has also worked well for me in the past.
the clinique acne products DO have salicylic acid so it depends on what you and your doctor think about that during pregnancy. I know some are totally fine with topical products. Mine is a little on the conservative side of things so once I found out I was pregnant I switched to Cetaphil daily face wash with a clarisonic brush. I have been SHOCKED at how great my skin is looking…better than in years.
I think it might just be luck that pregnancy hormones seemed to help my face (?) but either way I plan to try to stick with the Cetaphil post-delivery since its much cheaper than clinique!
all of this said, I have no worries about the fact that I was still using the S.A. products for the first couple weeks before knowing I was pregnant. I have kind of a “drink til its pink” attitude on that and it really is such a small amount of product on a small part of your body. And also, from my experience, be prepared for your skin to possibly change (for better OR worse) depending on hormones.
Post # 16
Thought to reply again since I have been to my doctor and asked her what she thought about topical acne stuff. Her reply was one that the entire group of ob-gyn believed in as well- over the counter acne creams and washes are perfectly okay. That being said, they DO not recommend you take anything orally for acne as it works differently. I guess it’s up to your doctor but for me, the clinique line or even on the spot treatment is one of those benefits-outweight-the-risks medications. Like my doctor kept me on my anti-anxiety pill because it could be much worse for the baby if I had a panic attack every day than taking a low-dose medicine that hasn’t been proven to hurt a baby in any way.
So- to each their own. Some may not agree with me but I’m perfectly ok in drinking caffeine (1 cup a day) as well. Kinda on the same thought pattern. But yes, ask your doctor- my feeling is that most would be ok with over the counter products.