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How to Get Rid of Pregnancy Acne
Have you been experiencing pregnancy acne? Ugh, it’s the worst! As if our bodies weren’t already going through enough changes!
Getting pimples during pregnancy is normal. But pregnancy acne (and breastfeeding acne) can be especially frustrating because it’s so hard to get rid of. There are hormonal factors that are difficult to control. Plus, you have to be conscious of what acne products and chemicals you are putting on your face.
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My Experience with Pregnancy Acne (and Breastfeeding Acne)
Although I didn’t suffer from acne problems when I was a teenager, I started to get adult acne in my late 20’s, perhaps due to increased stress. Even though I previously had nice skin, I started getting a lot of acne scars. And the acne problem got worse while I was breastfeeding my first daughter, and then it continued into my second pregnancy.
But finally, after a few months into my second pregnancy, I figured my skin out and resolved my acne problems. Therefore, I want to share with you what I did to get rid of my pregnancy acne.
Pregnancy Acne Remedies
1. Keep it simple. Use a gentle cleanser and oil-free moisturizer.
During my struggles with acne, I tried all sorts of products and played around with integrating different essential oils into my skin care routine. I found all kinds of potential solutions on Pinterest. But none of them were working.
Then I read What to Expect When You’re Expecting and some suggestions by other pregnancy professionals. And that advice was to keep your skincare routine simple by using:
- A gentle facial cleanser – I tried this Good and Clean Detox Foaming Cleanser for sensitive skin by Alba Botanica, and it’s been working great. I love that this acne cleanser smells good and is affordable, too.
- An oil-free moisturizer – I use this Intense Defense Oil-Free Moisturizer by Avalon Organics. It seems to have reduced the darkness and redness of my acne scars a lot. It comes in a small container, but a little goes a long way.
So you don’t need to spend a ton of money to get rid of your acne problem. (Related Post: How to Have a Fantastic Pregnancy with Minimal Spending). Just remember that when you switch to a new skin care routine, it may take about 2 months or so for your skin to adjust.
2. Establish a facial care routine.
I used to be somewhat inconsistent in my skincare routine. But then I established a routine, and it really seems to have helped.
My routine involves washing my face twice at night to really get my makeup off. I follow this with my oil-free moisturizer. And in the mornings, I just splash my face with water so that I don’t dry out my skin by over-washing. (I have also incorporated a weekly routine as well, which I talk about below).
3. Wash your pillow cases frequently.
Every time (or every other time) you do your laundry, throw your pillow case in. That way, you’re not continuously sleeping on makeup, dirt, and oils. It also helps to have more than one pillow case on hand so that you have one in place while you get around to doing that laundry.
4. Use an oil-free/noncomedogenic foundation.
In addition to making sure that your facial moisturizer is oil-free, you also want to make sure that you’re using oil-free makeup. I use this Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation.
5. Clean your makeup brushes frequently.
You can use a gentle facial cleanser or makeup brush cleanser to do so. I’ve been trying to wash my brushes at least once per month. But if you wear makeup every day, you may want to wash your brushes even more frequently than that.
6. Don’t go too long without washing your hair.
I know it’s better to wash your hair less frequently in order to avoid stripping your hair of its natural oils. But if you’re struggling with acne and tend to wash your hair every 3 or 4 days (or even less often), consider washing more frequently. The reason for this is that the oils from your hair could get onto your skin or pillow case and clog your pores.
Once you gain control of your acne, you can gradually go back to your normal washing routine if your skin allows.
7. Use clean makeup sponges for foundation.
This may be common sense, but try to avoid reusing makeup sponges on your skin.
8. Avoid adding in other skin care products or routines until after you’ve gained some control of your skin problems.
You won’t be able to tell which remedies are effective or detrimental if you make several changes to your skincare routine at once. Therefore, you want to wait until you’ve found some basic products and a routine that works before adding in other products, such as a toner or exfoliator.
Once I got my acne under control for a few months and knew that my routine was working for me, I added in using an exfoliator once a week. I use this exfoliating scrub. It takes some getting used to because it feels like wet sand, but it makes your skin feel so soft afterward.
I also just bought this personal microdermabrasion kit in hopes that it will help my skin fill in where I have acne scars. And I started taking collagen supplements to help with acne scar treatment as well.
9. Maintain a healthy diet and exercise.
I continue to struggle with watching my diet. (I eat a lot of sweets). And I was able to get rid of my pregnancy acne and keep it off without watching my diet or exercising more. However, your skin will be able to heal itself much more quickly if you watch what you put into your body and exercise regularly.
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Pregnancy Acne Products to Avoid
It’s generally recommended to avoid acne products containing salicylic acid and retinoids, among some other herbs and chemicals. So be sure to check with your doctor before using any products that you aren’t sure about.
Pregnancy Acne Treatment
Although getting acne during pregnancy is frustrating (and even depressing), there are plenty of acne treatments and remedies to try. Just remember to be patient and not jump from one acne treatment to another so quickly. If you still can’t seem to get rid of your acne problems, try consulting with a dermatologist.
Have you experienced acne problems during pregnancy? What remedies worked best for you? I would love to hear!
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or dermatologist. I’m just sharing my personal experience with pregnancy acne, and this information should only be used as a general guideline. Please consult with your doctor/OB-GYN or a dermatologist if you need expert advice.