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    Default Pregnancy acne

    Hi I have always had pretty bad skin with acne (since I was 11) but finally my skin was half decent
    Ever since finding out I was pregnant I have had rhe worst acne ever... Little pimples all over my forehead and cheeks, even on my neck!!!(never had that before!) and massive ones on my chin!!!
    Argh I feel so disgusting... Does anyone have any tips on how to manage acne during pregnancy??? What should / shouldn't I b using??? Thanks!!

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    As far as I know, the tips to manage acne are just the same ones there always are. I know the ones that work for me. I was the same, when I first found out I was pregnant from then til only recently (24 weeks now and its settled a bit) my skin was SO pimply! I had breakout after breakout and it was so much more oily than previously.

    Now I make sure I drink a lot of water and I try to eat fairly well because I find eating high fat foods makes my acne worse. I also make sure I remove my makeup and don't get lazy and I also use witchhazel as a toner just on a makeup pad I wipe that over my face, it dries out the oily patches. I use an oil free moisturiser also thats not greasy.

    As far as products to use for cleansing, a few of my friends like cetaphil and QV.

    Goodluck!

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    Hi. I have had acne since I was about 11 as well. As an adult, it is much clearer with occasional breakouts.
    When I became pregnant, my skin became horrendous! It was so upsetting as I thought all that was behind me and felt ugly as well as fat!
    Nothing I did helped. However, as soon as I began my second trimester, my skin completely cleared up. And was actually the nicest my skin had ever felt and looked. I really did bloom lol.
    So I'm sorry, I have no tips about what can help etc. For me, I was just lucky the hormones ended up working in my favour eventually.
    Hope it clears up for you soon.. I know how horrible acne makes you feel

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    It's likely hormone related, so not a lot you could do BUT here's a few products I'm really fond of, and which have made all the difference to my skin.

    ASAP cleanser and scrub. Buy from skincarestore dot com for cheapest price. Australian company, AHA/salicylic based. Cleanser and scrub safe to use during pregnancy, but they also have a clear skin gel I would recommend for you after baby is born, and use for three days Ina row then have up to a week break. Don't buy their SPF day cream as it's too heavy. Their night cream is nice though. I use scrub twice a week, and cleanser twice a day, and combined they last me well over 6 months so work out cheaper per use than supermarket Johnson and Johnson etc brands. It was prescribed by my dermatologist and is 'for real' cosmecueticals rather than gimmicky.

    Moo Goo anti aging cream or full cream milk cream. Best moisturizer for acne I've found...heavy enough to offer proper moisture but light enough to not promote sebum/acne. They also have combination skin oil cleanser..feels weird to clean with oil, but if you have blackheads etc it works wonders! Use it with a microfiber face washer from woolies (but be gentle as these washers really scrub!!). Not sure how it would go with acne, but if you have both concerns it's a good once a week treatment.

    If you feel like your acne is badly infected (red and inflamed instead of just gunky) you could ask your GP for oral or topical antibiotics to use in conjunction with the above. If you don't want to do that, you can apply betadine lotion or ointment at night, or use peroxide or witchhazel on the big cystic ones..this runs the risk of causing dry scabby bits but can be useful while you get the local infection under control.

    I guess ultimately, you need to find the balance between killling the germs and providing enough moisture to improve the texture of your skin...most likely a two stage process! And you also need to balance cleansing and moisturizing. It's taken me 17 years to get mine under control (since I was 11) and I still get blackhead congestion on my nose.

    If you've got any specific questions, please feel free to pm me!

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    thank you!!! that's the mots helpful acne thread I've read so far.

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    Default Pregnancy acne

    I was on a magic oral antibiotic, Doxycycline, for acne prior to falling pregnant however had to stop using it a few months prior to TTC as its unsafe to take during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Now I use a benzoyl peroxide wash daily ( Benzac A/C wash 5%, about $15 from the chemist and lasts months) and a tiny amount of benzoyl peroxide gel (Benzac AC gel 5%) when I have a flare up. I've checked with a number of GP's at the practice I go to whether its safe to use during pregnancy and they've all confirmed that it is. Give it a try, the wash is really great!

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    Default Re: Pregnancy acne

    Quote Originally Posted by JR03 View Post
    Now I use a benzoyl peroxide wash daily ( Benzac A/C wash 5%, about $15 from the chemist and lasts months) and a tiny amount of benzoyl peroxide gel (Benzac AC gel 5%) when I have a flare up.
    That's what I'm using right now.

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy SII, please excuse any errors!

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    Default Re: Pregnancy acne

    I have just purchased clean and clears essentials pack from target and the itching has been relieved and my skin looks a lot clearer! I was getting them to the point that even without touching them they were leaving dark purple scars on my face :-( hoping this kit works but so far so good! I will also be using a tinted moisturizer or bb cream instead of makeup (which I rarely use anyways) and will be ditching any makeup applicators I have used recently which are not washable!

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    Bump!

    I'm struggling with getting my first trimester acne under control! I'm getting a lot of spots all over my face a big sore cystic pimples around my chin.

    What have you used to treat pregnancy related acne? Did it work?

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    @MrsKLM try microdermabrasion. I've always suffered from acne, I've had micro a number of times an its fantastic! I would also purchase some quality cleansing products such as Rationalle or Dermalogica. Goodluck & I hope it clears up!


 

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