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Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I haven’t had this many zits since tenth grade! And what’s up with that wacky rash on my chest? Why is my skin acting so strange, and what can I do about it?

Re: I haven’t had this many zits since tenth grade! And what’s up with that wacky rash on my chest? Why is my skin acting so strange, and what can I do about it?

The Bump Expert

From stretch marks and itchiness to rashes and acne, your skin can (and will) go through as many changes during pregnancy as the fetus growing inside you. Chalk it up (like always) to skyrocketing hormone levels, which increase sweat and oil production.

So what about that "pregnant glow"? Mere myth? Maybe not. Start by cutting way back on makeup, or eliminating it altogether. Make sure products you do use are oil- and fragrance-free, and avoid anything with retinoids or salicylic acids. Wash your face with a mild soap or cleanser two to three times a day, and consult your doctor before using any acne meds. (Some could be harmful to baby.) Always use a good sunblock, no matter what the season -- your skin is especially sensitive to sun right now.
To fight rashes, irritations and dryness, the key is quenching your skin's thirst. Avoid hot or steamy showers and baths (a good idea during pregnancy anyways), and pat (don't rub!) your skin dry. Slather on the lotion right after you shower to lock in moisture, and continue to apply throughout the day. And then, remind yourself: It's just a few more months, and your skin will return back to normal once baby comes.

The Bump Editors

re: Q: Skin solutions?

Any suggestions on good products to use for acne while pregnant? I've always had problems with my skin (I had to be on Accutane in high school) and not being able to use my regular products is causing a lot of issues. I'm also getting married in two months, so I really need to get this under control!Thanks!

viola227 |

re: Q: Skin solutions?

I've been having a lot of problems with breakouts during pregnancy. My dermatologist said I need to focus on moisturizing, not taking the moisture away. She recommended Cetaphyl wash twice a day, Cetaphyl moisturizer, throw away the astringent, and use a benezyl peroxide based cream for spots. Also, of course, drink lots of water. It seems to be working for me. Good luck!

aourada |

re: Q: Skin solutions?

I've always had problems with acne and oil. Since I've been pregnant, it's only gotten worse. So, I went to Origins at our mall and told them I was pregnant and about the problems I was having with my skin. They were fantabulous! They walked me through their products, start to finish and even gave me a facial with make-up application right there in the store for free! I ended up buying a facewash with mint and lemon (great for cutting through and getting rid of oil), an exfoliating scrub made out of rice starch and sugar, an alcohol free, organic lavender toner, a serum for "tired" skin with mushrooms in it (it smells fantastic...don't worry :} ), and a moisturizer with mint, lemon and China clay dust (to absorb excess oil). My OB cleared all the ingredients and my skin has never looked so good! I also drink between 64 and 72 ounces of water a day.

dewitthm |

re: Q: Skin solutions?

A couple of my post-pregnant friends swore by this item to reduce or prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. It's an all natural product called "Sexy Belly" by Carol's Daughter. It's on they're website, www.carolsdaughter.com for an 8oz. jar.I'm going to pick up a couple of jars this weekend!

MoBaby Nelson |

re: Q: Skin solutions?

so far i've had the clearest skin ever in years during this pregnancy lol. i think it's the cut back in sodas and and the massive increase in water. im still oily in the face, but my hubby comments on the glow, so i'm not mad at it....my down side so far? itchy boobies..OMG!the madness! but my mother recommends using goldbond itch powder for that. cheers to hoping it works!

spazz_mama |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I've always had issues with my skin and now being pregnant, it's the worst it's ever been. I was concerned that my usual products were harmful for the baby, full of chemicals, and the internet is full of conflicting information. I ended up at a site, maternique.com, which carries pregnancy products developed by OB's. I'm using the face scrub, face & body cream and the masque and it has helped dramatically! Every now and then I get a bump or two but the overall complexion has improved greatly.

tnt85 |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

Ask your doctor about acne products...my doctor actually said that salycilic acid treatments are okay. Most only contain 2 - 10% of salycilic acid, and my OB doesn't feel that topical application of these products is a risk. I am extremely relieved, because my skin is terrible!

Brannan |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I have been breaking out like crazy since I got pregnant. My Dr. told me not to use and acne products, so I started washing my face with dish detergent. It works great! My face is no longer greasing, and my acne is clearing up.

eel3484 |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

i have had very itchy breasts. ive been massaging instead of scratching, but yesterday i scratched and it felt so good. i shouldn't have done that because it was followed by red irritated marks on the area i scratched. i put some of the burts bees oil on it and it went down considerably overnight. i will continue to apply because it was bright red and now its almost gone

frankandmari |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I found a great, natural solution when I was in high school. Take a baby food jar (one that's about an inch and a half tall) and add 1/4 granulated sugar and fill the rest with grape seen oil. Mix with finger and scrub face daily. The sugar not only helps scrub off dead skin cells but there is something in it that is good for your skin. The grape seen oil is light therefore it won't leave your face all greasy when you're done. (You might look a little shiny when you finish but the oil will soak in and leave your skin soft with in minutes) Most women who have "oily" skin don't realize the reason their skin is oily is because it's not getting enough natural oils. In turn a lot of women will buy facial cleaners for oily skin which dry out their skin.

preciouscraftz |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

little tip on itchy skin... Try using Vitamin E oil when your skin is still kinda moist from bathing. I really like the one from Trader Joe's (sadly, cannot buy online).... Also, i have eczema and use only fragrance free products for my skin and that helps too.

cherry_Blossum |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

Although it is not the cheapest way to go... go to a dermatologist spa and they will most likely encourage you to get facials, micoderm and glycolic peals... I did this right before my wedding and it did wonders for my face and helped with the overall stress zits... Now that I am pregnant I go once a month and get one of the above, it keeps my face balanced and it is overall relaxing. Also they may suggest you buy a facewash to use twice a week that has glycolic in it to help with the oil, dry skin and filled pores. For dry skin other than your face, burts bees makes a great Momma Bee Viatmen E oil formula and I use when I get out of the shower every day and it is works awesome!

dana@usnw.com |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

Thank you, thank you, thank you to tnt85 who recommended http://www.maternitique.com/ I havent had breakout like this since I was in high school. My skin has been so clear I frequently get compliments. Well, I was using proactive, but being pregnant my derm said NO WAY! So I stopped and resorted to soap and water, which wasn't enough. I bought the Belli Acne Clearing Facial Wash and the Beaute de Maman face and body cream. I've only used them 2 days and already I'm noticing a big difference. The best part is that I don't have to worry about the harmful side effects on the baby, because this entire websites is designed for pregnant women. Thanks again, these forums have been super helpful!

MirandaDMatheson |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

Not to sound like a sales pitch, but I've been using Mary Kay cleanser, moisturizer, and exfoliants for the past year and my skin stopped breaking out. I'm at 10 wks now and although my face is MUCH oilier now than usual, I haven't started breaking out yet because I keep my skin cleansed, moisturized and exfoliated. I just have to use a little more oil mattifier than usual. Whether you use Mary Kay or something else, exfoliation is the key to keeping your pores clear and preventing dead skin from clogging them, which is one thing that causes the actual breakouts.

jengy27 |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I have had TERRIBLE acne since I found out I was pregnant! I did find a product that worked amazingly for me! Proactiv does wonders for my face! The price is worth it! I use it once a day or even every other day and it gets rid of everything! I usually have oily skin but since I became pregnant it has been really dry. Proactiv has fixed my problem completely! And, it has no salicylic acid! There is a mask product that they sell that does have salicylic acid in it. SALICYLIC ACID IS SAFE IN SMALL DOSES! You could use products containing SA as long as you rinse the product off completely and do not allow it to soak all the way into the skin. I hope this helps you all!!!

Sunshine2591 |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I'm still very young and still have a major problem with breakouts mostly on my forehead, but since becoming pregnant they have ever so delightfully moved to my cheeks. My problem is that once I start using a face wash my skin will calm down wonderfully and go back to almost normal. As soon as I get to the end the bottle it seems like my skin has grown an immunity to the chemicals in it and the product, which ever one it happens to be at the moment, does literally nothing for my skin anymore!!

frenchmomlia |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I have had difficulty with eczema since I've become pregnant. I have tried a few things, but products with oatmeal and oatmeal itself have seemed to work. I'm just happy to have any relief!

reneetait1 |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

Hi all -- I've had terrible acne my whole life using every topical med and antibiotic in the book. For a couple years I finally had it under control for the most part until I became pregnant - my skin was out of control again. I researched a few MedSpas in my area and discovered a safe facial peel (alpha-hydroxy based) and my skin is finally returning to normal. The best part is no down time - the peel is mild. My skin looks healthy and clean. Also - I use Bare Minerals acne spot sulfur treatment which I was told is safe to use while pregnant and that stuff is AWESOME!! It is $28 but well worth it! Good luck ladies - I know how you feel.

jengnas |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I thought I was the only person, with a crazy rash on chest. What I do is just keep it moisturize with petroleum jelly daliy the rash is their but it not dry.

tweedie9105@aol.com |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

my bumps not bad i always had some on one side of my face so i really dont see an different from before but my first trimester i had bad bumps though

Linabahdasz |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

Try exfoliating more with an all natural fruit acid mask. I use one several times a week and my skin has been great. I don't have a visible rash on my chest, but my chest is very itchy! It is driving me crazy and I look even crazier trying to scratch undercover during the day. So far lotion and cocoa butter is only making it worse!

amandaly311 |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I'm so glad I am not alone in the funky skin reaction to pregnancy! I'm going to try using a coconut oil - it's supposed to be ultra moisturizing. I will incease exfoliation per other responses since my skin is dry and flakey all the time. Good luck to you ladies!

MGBride06 |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I had major skin breakouts pretty much immediately, and have finally found Beaute de Maman products, via www.maternitique.com. After just two days my skin was already clearer!

sarahms1281 |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

for the little red bumps rash I tried the Benadryl cream and Caladryl clear lotion and NONE of it helped me, I had to go to the dr and get a steriod cream for it. Now it is clearing and doing so much better. For my face I am using Mary Kay products.

kcazteacher |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

Tea Tree oil mixed with Witch Hazel worked miraculouly well on my break outs.

lsueducator |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

So this is gonna sound strange but my midwife recommended I try an all natural colon cleanser. She says a lot of hormones are stored in the colon and cleansing them out can drastically help acne. I am gonna try it and I'll let you k now how it works.

bekahslider |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I SWEAR by a product called "Coal Face" by LUSH. Made with all natural ingredients so nothing to worry about re: harming baby. I wash my face with it every night and its cleared up all my spots and excess oil. I then moisurize with another all natural LUSH product called Celestial. Check them out. They deliver globally and have shops all over Canada/US/Europe/Asia. www.lush.ca (thats the Canadian site)

Missus H |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I want to second the person who suggested going to Origins. They have a rice starch scrub ("Modern Friction") that defeated my mid-20s acne/eczema double whammy, and it's saving my skin now, too. They will give you samples of everything so you can try it first. Also, the white tea body cream ("A Perfect World" -- it smells a little bit like fresh apricots but it's not strong, or perfume-y, or lingering) is great for keeping my skin from itching like crazy. The smells are waaaay less intense than anywhere else, just light fresh essential oil stuff, usually kind of a mild cross between citrus and mint.

spiregrain |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

i have never had any skin issues until now. i manage a salon and our estetician gave me a "pregnancy facial". she recommended Dermalogica products. i've been using the 'sheer tint redness relief' and have started to see an improvement in just a few days. definitely going to stick with it!

jaysgirl03 |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I am a skin care therapist, a/k/a an esthetician. I am also pregnant... I use Dermalogica PreCleanse and the sensitized line which consist of ultra calming cleanser, daily microfoliant, a toner and a diamethicone based moisturizer. i've used this line for years. it has no fragrance and the scents you smell are found naturally in the ingredients used. Also- if an ingredient is banned in any country, Dermalogica pulls any products with that ingredient and reformulates. As a plus- men use it too! It's not marketed in a girly way.

bigeyedbirdie |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

is Neutrogena face wash still ok to use, I'm allergic to benezyl peroxide?

wrothney |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

i've always had really, really oily skin and terrible pimples in all the crevices of my face (side of nose, chin, eyebrows). since i got pregnant, i've noticed that my clean and clear, which usually does wonders, only turns my face bright red and leaves my skin feeling like gravel. my boyfriend bought me one of those vibrating facial cleansers and not only did it kill the pimples, it left me feeling baby soft. i highly recommend them!

brookuhnina |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I"m wondering what a person can do for body acne? I've never had a problem with it, and all of a sudden now that I'm pregnant, I have it top to bottom on my back and chest. I can't wear low cut tops and am embarrased to take my shirt off in front of my husband! I'm currently using Panoxyl, but it doesn't seem to be helping. Any suggestions?

sarahmqualey |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

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jerryms |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I buy organic products from sprouts or whole foods. Witch hazel is a good toner and good for body acne. My mother in law swears by desatin for an acne spot treatment. I haven't tried it yet but eventually we will need to buy it and will give it a shot. Exfoliating daily is always a good idea even for your body and belly.

jarvismonkey |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

Jafra's almond oil is awesome!!! I put it on everywhere right after drying off after the shower, and it does wonders for the dryness and itching (better than any other cream or lotion ive tried), and it's not that expensive. You have to give it a few minutes though to soak in before getting dressed. It also smells really nice and sweet. Also, I know they say it's genetic, butt mother years ago used this, and she didn't get a single stretch mark where she use it. She didn't think to use it on her inner thighs though and that's where she got some marks. I'll be on the safe side and use it everywhere, it's not gonna hurt :-)

sharonleann |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I use raw coconut oil (typically used for cooking) on my entire body. It is a good way to naturally moisturize, and also can fight acne/blemishes. Most lotions (even the advertised pregnancy safe ones) have ingredients harmful to the baby. Read the book "No More Dirty Looks" for a reality check about personal care products. C. Jo

celinajo1985 |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

If you've never looked into LUSH brand products, now would be the time. I've always faught with nodules and whiteheads and now that I can't use my usual face wash, they had gotten much worse. Lush has an array of natural facial scrubs that work AMAZING! I would recommend the Ocean Scrub, Herbalism, and there's a pink bar but I don't recall the name. They all use natural ingredients like tea tree oil and witch hazel. I've replaced my Neutrogena atringent with pure witch hazel and it does an amazing job of balancing out my face and keeping the zits at bay. I've also stopped wearing makeup accept maybe once or twice a week. That's really helped as well.

courtney115 |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I've been using Arbonne for years now - since I've gotten pregnant (16 weeks today) my skin has only gotten better, I rarely get a zit and my face never feels oily!

bthrondson |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I've been using the neutrogena naturals makeup removing cleanser, exfoliant, and moisturizer. Works like a charm!

DJZerby |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I've had really angry skin since I was about 17- tried many products without much success. Pregnancy has certainly not helped!! I HAVE found a line of products that I am absolutely in love with: BeautyCounter!!! These SAFER THAN SAFE products have helped my skin (chest, face, back, even my tush- I know I not alone in those "down there" pregnancy blemishes!!) so so much. If you go to their website, you can read all about their platform and products. They can only be ordered online, but they are totally worth it. I love the way they smell, I love how gentle and effective they are, and a little bit goes a long way, so they last a long time. My favorites are the shampoo, body wash, conditioner, day cream, rosewater spray, and the lustro oil to keep the stretch marks at bay. But what I REALLY love, is that they are safe for me and for baby, which is hard to find. I hope some of you check them out- they really, REALLY are great. Pregnancy skin/ life saver! Here is where I buy them: https://hollymoore.beautycounter.com/Home

katewulf |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

My skin starting freaking out a little too during the first trimester. Acne, dry flaky patches and areas of hyper pigmentation. Thankfully, I discovered Eminence Organic Skin Care which carries a wide range of products that are safe for women to use during pregnancy. I went for a facial and asked my esthetician for a few suggestions to keep my skin in check and it's been looking much better ever since. It's worth a try! Most spas offer samples of their retail products too, so you don't have to invest in everything all at once.

celineferguson |

Q&A: Skin problems during pregnancy?

I had the same problem, my face suddenly looked like a pizza. Not attractive. And it doesn't help that I have a picking problem. I tried several different forms of very pricey face wash from high end department stores and nothing helped. Finally an older friend who had the same problem swore by the old wives tale of "Noxzema" the original deep cleansing cream (3 bucks!) and no joke, a week later, my skin was the clearest it has ever been. Twice a day, and it works wonders.

Unexpected2014 |