1st Trimester

How to deal with annoying pregnancy skin issues


Re: How to deal with annoying pregnancy skin issues

  • I recently discovered Beautycounter- they are totally safe for pregnant and nursing mothers. All ingredients go through rigorous safety testing- both skin care and cosmetics. I love the products so much that I became a consultant! Check out http://www.beautycounter.com/stephanieparker
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  • I am 5 weeks and have always had pretty good skin, never any problems with acne or redness. AHOY REDNESS! My face is blotchy as can be. Thinking about splurging and changing up my moisturizer. Right now I use Cetaphil cleanser for all skin types.and that seems to still be working fine. 
  • I have had a few pimples pop up here and there, but not a lot so I'm lucky. The ones I've had have been pretty bad though. Just a few days ago, I developed a rash. It's almost like a heat rash...behind my knees, tops of thighs, where my thigh meets my hips, under my boobs, and on my sides. I spoke with the doctor and she said it wasn't anything to be concerned about, but that I could take Benadryl and use hydrocortisone cream. It's been about three days now...hoping this goes away. 
  • My skin had 2 pimples right before/during ovulation & conception but it seems to have calmed down now. Still pretty oily, it's been consistently like that since I stopped BCP in January.

  • Just wanted to say thank you to this thread for bringing up Salycilic acid as a no-no. Two days before I read this I started using medicated pads to treat a corn on my toe (gross, I know). Main ingredient: 40% Salycilic acid. I had no idea and the packaging said nothing about avoiding when pregnant. My OB said it'll be okay since it was only for a little bit, but not to use from now on. She said (and I've also read) that topical use with 2% or less is okay. I've started googling everything I come in contact with or think of purchasing now. 
  • I had bad skin issues long before I ever got pregnant and even at 32 I've been on dermatologist prescribed products for years to keep everything in check. Obviously I've had to stop all that since finding out I was pregnant but my derm did mention that if I flare up in pregnancy there are a few pregnancy safe options out there we could try, they just don't work as well as the full strength stuff. Anyways, if it is really bothering you I would recommend asking your GP or seeing a derm since there are options out that that are safer than over the counter no-nos like salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide through prescription from a medical professional. (Don't quote me but I think maybe erythromycin was one he mentioned.)
    BabyFetus Ticker
  • I found something that works and is safe!!! My skin has been more oily lately AND I've broken out more in acne on my face. Most of my skin care stuff for acne was salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide...so I mixed Coconut Oil and some drops of Tea Tree Oil essential oils (therapeutic grade) and it's reduced the redness and puffiness by a ton, and the pimples are much smaller now and I am getting less new ones. Even the new ones I get are much smaller than before. Also, my skin tone and oiliness is more even :)

    Just coconut oil and tea tree oil! I put on a tiny bit, you don't need much at all, like a pea sized amount or less. You'll get a feel for it.
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    TTC #1: 4/21/2016
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  • sm05-2sm05-2 member
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    Ugh, I didn't know benzoyl peroxide was a no-no, and I'm almost 7 weeks. Guess it's time to find something else. 
  • I started doing facials and exfoliating once a week on top of my usual acne wash. I just couldnt get my face to stop flaking and breaking out. Posh cosmetics has good facials for good prices and moisterizers. It's kept most of my dry skin at bay. 
  • I am currently 9wks with baby#2 and my skin is just horrible. I have broken out like crazy all over my face, neck, scalp, chest and back. It is crazy painful and attempting to cover it up seems to only make it worse. With DS, my skin was incredible so this caught me off guard! I am 30 and have not had acne issues for many years...

    I recently started using the Tea Tree Oil line from the Body Shop and I am seeing some improvement...I know the acne is a hormonal issue and topical treatment will not help much...but a girl has GOT to try!

    Wishing you all the luck!

  • MrvlMrvl member
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    Lots of skin issues here also. Oily and dry at the same time. I use a cleansing nourising mask once a week and coconutoil. When the temperature drops (to hot to go outside now) i think i'll get some natural masks by Yes to carrots and some burts bees cream
  • My dermatologist put me on a glycolic acid face wash (which is completely pregnancy and nursing safe) which really helps with the hormone related acne. I also use it on my chest since I seem to be having more of a problem there this time! It's called NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Face Wash, and although it isn't a prescription, it can be difficult to find. I get mine from Amazon. 
  • I keep having pimples pop up in different places. Face chest legs. I'll see one then maybe a few days later it's gone ants there if one somewhere else. I've been using aveeno facial soap on my face. I'm normally not super oily on my face but today as a I talking to a student I wiped my forehead with my hand and it was oil all over it like I didn't wash my face at all before going to work. 

  • Is witch hazel safe to use? 
  • What's triclosan in?
    Pregnancy Ticker
  • I'm breaking out bad! I am 6w 4 today.. what can I use to wash my face? Been using dove or Irish spring soap...
    Don't use soap on your face! It dries out your skin, which makes it produce more oil and your pores get clogged. Plus, dry skin is wrinkly skin. I literally wash my face with oil and I avoid breakouts. Mix coconut oil with baking soda (3:1) and scrub your fave, then use a hot washcloth to rinse. Leave the residual oil on your skin as moisturizer.
  • Is witch hazel safe to use? 
    Totally! It's what preparation H and tucks are made of and those are highly recommended 
  • I just found out we are expecting and glad to know that I have been using Younique which is a natural based cosmetic and skin care line but the main thing is they use European standards which bands over 1300 chemicals as the United States only banes 8!!! How awful is that so please READ Labels and take care of your skin Ladies !!!!


  • Alexx624Alexx624 member
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    Does anyone else experience red dots,maybe blood vessels, on your breasts? I vaguely remember this from my first pregnancy but I thought it happened much further along.. I'm only around 5 weeks..I think. I am waiting for dr confirmation due to irregular cycle it has been hard for me to determine exactly how far along I am.. but they popped up last night.. these tiny bright red dots on my chest! With my first I thought they were the start of stretch marks but now I'm thinking it may be something else.. I would hope with all the stretch marks I already have, I won't be getting any new ones
  • I have itchy skin and bumps/ rashes.  Does anyone else have this problem??
    Me: 31, DH: 38
    Married: July 2015
    July 2016: IVF #1 (froze embryos)
    Aug. 2016: Hysteroscopy to remove a few polyps & Laparoscopy
    Oct. 2016: FET #1 BFN
    Nov. 2016: FET #2 BFP (ended in CP)
    March 2017: IVF #2 BFP!!! (EDD: 11/27/17)

  • sm05-2 said:
    Ugh, I didn't know benzoyl peroxide was a no-no, and I'm almost 7 weeks. Guess it's time to find something else. 
    Same here! I'm a little over 7 weeks and this is news to me: no benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid? Those are acne staples. I had no idea. i'm sure it's not a big deal as long as we stop now but I'm disappointed. I do have a lactic acid based product from Sunday Riley but that shit's expensive. I don't like using it every day. Oh well. Maybe we'll start clearing up later?
  • I am 7.5 weeks pregnant and I'm having problems with very dry skin. I didn't have many skin problems before and it's sooooo dry. 
    I bought cetaphil on my face the last two days and it stings (just the regular non scented one). Don't know what I should do?
  • awimp001awimp001 member
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    Ugh. My face is so much more oily. It's ridiculous. Nothing I do seems to work. I guess I'll just get some oil blotting papers or something. 
  • The Body Shop has Tea Tree Oil products that work for acne and are less harsh.
    Pregnancy Ticker
  • queen_beyqueen_bey member
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    edited September 22

    Skincare precautions according to some scientific sources that I found. Links to the sources are at the end.

    Definitely do not use: Accutane (most people know this)

    Avoid: retinol products (Cat C), hydroquinine, tetracyclin (Cat D), hormonal therapy, oral erythromycin, co-trimoxazole, fluoroquinolones

    salicylic acid (TOPICAL) - Cat B.
    azeleic acid
    benzoyl peroxide - Cat B.
    erythromycin (TOPICAL)
    glycolic acid, AHA, BHA - Cat B. Although there are animal studies showing negative effects, the chemical was administered in much higher doses than that in human cosmetics products
    light therapy
    sunscreens, including zinc
    self tanners
    topical hair removal & bleaching agents


    Pregnancy drug categories (https://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/pregnancycategories.htm)
    Category A - SAFE. Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).

    Category B - Likely safe. Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and/or there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.

    Category C - Needs supervision by doctor. Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

    Category D - Avoid it unless it's absolutely necessary and your doctor says it's ok. There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

    Category X - DO NOT USE. Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data.

  • I check the products I use and their ingredients on www.ewg.org/skindeep. There are so many products out there that contain unsafe ingredients, it's shocking!!!
    I'm a rep with Beautycounter if anyone is interested in learning about safe skin care options (we have baby products too!). Feel free to shoot me an inbox message :)
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