Pregnancy and Acne Breakouts

Rachel - posted on 12/03/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Okay, I'm going nuts! I've struggled with occasional breakouts on my face, but nothing like this. Since I got pregnant, I've been breaking out all over my face, my back, my sides, and even some on my stomach and chest! I had some increased acne on my face with my first pregnancy, but nothing this bad.

I have a good face routine and shower regularly. My face routine includes a good facial wash with makeup remover, a toner/astringent with acne control, and a combination/oily skin moisturizer. I use these twice a day (except for days I don't wear makeup, on those days I'll use baby shampoo, which is a great gentle face wash) and every few days exfoliate because my skin has been peeling/flaking with the drier weather lately. I have combination/oily skin.

Anyone else had this problem? And what did you do about it? I don't want to use a lot of chemicals and can't afford ProActive (tried that for a few months and loved it prior to pregnancy, but isn't very natural).

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Sunny - posted on 12/23/2009

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I suffered from really bad acne after my last pregnancy and thought I was going nuts too! It was really bad and I wanted to do anything I could to get rid of it. I tried Proactiv and it made it worse. After trying lots of different products, I actually found the BEST thing was to use emu oil. You can get it from health food stores, rub it into the affected area and it really helps a lot. Another thing I found was drinking green tea and using the tea bags on my face helped a lot too. Apart from that, I would leave the affected areas alone, don't put other products on, just try using a wash for sensitive skin and then the emu oil. I would definately give it a go, it worked for me! Hope it clears up soon for you.

Nicole - posted on 06/21/2010

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I use Mary Kay combination face wash. I have always struggled with my face, and when I'm pregnant all the hormones just make it worse. With this face wash it helps soooooooo much. My face is clear and it doesn't let it dry out or get too oily during the day.

Olga - posted on 06/01/2010

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Before pregnancy I did not have any problems with breakouts, just minor stuff which was not a bother. When I had my baby, for the first month I had best skin on my face ever!!!But right after that it turned to complete disaster. I am breastfeeding and my baby is 9 months old, I do not have my period yet. I tried my pre pregnancy acne stuff, but it made it all worse, my skin is too sensitive to use harsh acne products. The only cream I like now is baby calendula cream from california baby, it does not help much with acne, but it helps with redness and irritation.

I am glad I quit job and stay home with baby most of the time, so I do not have to use make up all the time. When i do need to look good, I use MAC concealer, it hides everything pretty well. I do hope that it will all clear up when I am done breastfeeding. But considering that I plan to breastfeed until my baby is 2, it does not seem very promising to me now.

Be careful with tea tree oil, do not use full strength on face. I had a nasty boil right between my eyes and I was so mad on it, that I left band aid with tea tree oil over night. Good news: my boil was gone fast. Bad news: I burned my skin and still have scars from burn (probably 6 months later).

I went to dermatologist with this issue few month ago and he did not do anything about it.

Sunny - posted on 12/23/2009

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Oh and one more thing, I mixed a drop of lavender oil and lemon oil into the emu oil as well. The emu oil has excellent healing benefits because of the omega 3,6 and 9 and completely natural (even though it sounds pretty yuck!). And the lavender and lemon oil have antiseptic and astringent properties

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Mandy - posted on 01/03/2010

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Totally emphathize. Normally my skin is pretty easy to deal with, so having acne problem on my face, chest and back with this pregnancy, I am at a loss to what I should be doing. I'm just dealing with it and expecting it will go away after the baby is born. ;)

Danielle - posted on 01/01/2010

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During my first pregnancy I tried proactive because, like you, it was making me crazy... I got cystic acne on my chin and jaw and HATED it! But, it didn't work so save your money. Unfortunately, in my situation the acne was due to my skin being very sensitive to the fluctuation of hormones due to the preg- wasn't until I finished nursing my son at 13 months that it finally went away- so there's a light at the end of the tunnel! Currently nearing 5th month of preg w/ a set of b/g twins and while it took a bit longer to appear I'm starting to have prob w/ my skin again- again, not due to lack of hygiene or anything like that but due to the fluctuating hormones. Sucking it up and going to waddle through the un-glamourousness again! You are not alone and it will fade, promise!!

Rachel - posted on 12/21/2009

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Thanks Angie! After Christmas, I'll be checking out my local health food store and try the tea tree oil and evening primrose oil.

In the meantime, I've switched my routine to using Aveeno with makeup remover, skipping the astringent, and trying a new moisturizer. This seems to be helping.

I've also been exfoliating more, especially my chest, stomach and back. That seems to be helping. I'm using one of those gloves. So I'll lather up my loofa, put on the exfoliating glove and scrub away. Then I'll moisturize with a natural moisturizer like Hempz, which doesn't have alcohol in it like the Bath & Body Works lotions do. I've never been one for much moisturizing, since I've been prone to acne. But, my guess is that some of the acne is from clogged pores, which is from dried skin that isn't getting removed.

So, that's one solution! lol.

Oh, also I'm eating more salad and fruit, which also seems to be making a difference. That could just be in my head, but I did read a book my sister shared with me by a nutritionist that explained that some acne is definitely food related. It's pretty interesting.

Anyway, if anyone else has tips or tricks, I'd love to hear them!

Jessica - posted on 12/21/2009

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I also have a problem with this. Except it is only on my chest. I got it with my daughter too but not this bad and this soon! Let me know if you find anything that works.

Angie - posted on 12/04/2009

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I definitely have acne when I'm pregnant. I use Tea Tree oil (available at health food stores) on my face but I don't really use anything elsewhere. There are also some herbs you can take--Evening Primrose Oil is supposed to help. I take that daily as well. I don't think anything is a sure bet, I tried ProActive with my first pregnancy and wasn't pleased with it. I just keep telling myself that it'll go away when the pregnancy is over... a temporary annoyance for a long term HUGE benefit...

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