C.S. asks from Edwards, MO on April 02, 2010
Face Skin Care During Pregnancy
Help! My skin is freaking out! I am in my first trimester. I cannot use my normal skin care because it contains salicylic acid, which is known to cause birth defects. So, I am looking for something that will control the acne and help my face look smooth. I don't mind paying a lot, as it is worth it for what I put on my face!
M.F. answers from Kansas City on April 04, 2010
J.B. answers from St. Louis on April 03, 2010
I've had ups and downs with my skin as well, especially during pregnancy. My first advice that I got from a girlfriend was to switch to mineral make-up instead of the "regular." I was skeptical but tried it and it actually helped a lot.
Second, I tried the Arbonne line of acne treatment products - it included a wash, a toner/astringent, and then a topical cream (plus some vitamins which I didn't take while pregnant). Supposedly, their products are safe and "natural," but I'm not sure about salycic acid. (My doctor had a long list of things to avoid during pregnancy and that wasn't on the list, so I never paid attention.) Anyway, this was the first product line that I ever tried that really worked (and I've used Clinique, Mary Kay, and all sorts of over-the-counter stuff). And no, I don't sell it, if that's what you're automatically thinking. :) I'm sure you could look up sellers on the internet or probably buy the products right off Ebay for cheaper.
Also, there's a website where you can enter a medication and it gives you a "grade" of how safe or dangerous a medication is during pregnancy. It's www.safefetus.com. Sometimes you have to try different names for medications (generic and/or prescription), but it's usually fairly thorough.
Wish you the best!
C.H. answers from Kansas City on April 03, 2010
I wouldn't worry about using small amounts of salicylic acid. I used the acne prone line from BeautiControl and it worked WONDERS for my skin during (and after) my pregnancies! It does contain salicylic acid, but it's encapsulated and when used in small amounts (and not ingested - yuck), it's not harmful. Retinol, on the other hand, is the one to avoid. Good Luck!
E.F. answers from St. Louis on April 05, 2010
This sounds crazy but it works - Milk of Magnesia, put it on your face with a cotton ball right after cleansing. Let it dry, rinse with cold water. I am 38, have had acne problems all my life and I have tried everything under the sun. I read about Milk of Magnesia in the paper, thought I'd give it a try and my face has never been clearer or smoother!! I have been using it for almost a year now and not only does it keep my acne under control, it also keeps the greasiness under control. I use it 7 days a week because I am so oily, but the article I read said to use it about 4 days a week because it can be so drying for some people. I seriously cannot say enough about it, wish I had known about it in my teen years!!
M.F. answers from Kansas City on April 04, 2010
Clarins Toner, my friend...If you go in and buy it (nordstrom) they'll show you how to use it properly...and (at least my nordy's) will schedule you for a free facial!!! I think the toner is about $25. This line of products is amazing...you can read about it online! Good luck and CONGRATS!
S.R. answers from St. Louis on April 04, 2010
Please do yourself a favor and check out Enfuselle, Anti-Aging Skin Care.
you can also hear about it on You Tube
Feel free to call me if you have questions, S. R.
K.W. answers from Kansas City on April 05, 2010
I used Proactiv during my pregnancy. I spoke with my doctor about it and she said it was fine. My skin looked great and my son is just fine. It was safe to use during breastfeeding too....if that matters to you. Good luck!
T.A. answers from Wichita on April 03, 2010
Black seed oil from sweetsunnah.com. Yes, its an oil, but it won't make your skin break out, and it will prevent future break outs. Its a pure and natural moistirizer' antimicrobial, antinacterial, and mild topical pain reliever. It heals my acne and relieves my dry skin areas. I recommend the oil from sweet sunnah because its pure and of a very good quality. Best of luck!
D.W. answers from Indianapolis on April 02, 2010
Hate to say it, but there really aren't any products that can prevent your hormones from causing break outs.
During my first pregnancy, I started using Kiehl's non-detergent foaming cleanser. I'm acne prone anyhow and had been on both oral/topical antibiotics to control my breakouts but had to stop both when becoming pregnant.
The best thing is to find a good 10% benxyl peroxide solution. I like J&J's PersaGel10.
Your hormones will settle down in the next few weeks, and the break outs won't be as bad......be prepared, though, because the same thing will happen postpartum.