May 10, 2010,
S.H. asks from Richmond, KY on May 02, 2010
Skin Care Products for Pregnant Mom
Well, I've noticed that since being pregnant my skin has been breaking out a lot. I've also noticed that during pregnancy you aren't suppose to use the normal face washes for acne and such. So I'm not sure what I can use to calm my skin but be safe for the baby. If you all know of anything that has worked for you let me know. I need something. Thanks.
M.S. answers from Greensboro on May 02, 2010
The dangerous acne solutions that doctors say stay away from contain Retin-A which will cause birth defects. Most are not any more dangerous for the baby than they are for you. I would stay away from the Johnson and Johnson products as most contain formaldehyde and that is a known cancer causing agent. Go to cosmeticsdatabase.com and you can see the toxicity level of almost any product on a scale of 1 to 10.
I would stay with natural products to ensure safety. I use Sei Bella products and they work wonderfully well.
God bless and Congratulations on your little one!
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M.F. answers from Phoenix on May 02, 2010
I had a similar problem and got great results with Burt's Bees products. I had used them at times before I got pregnant, was using Garnier's Nutrise line when I did conceive and had to stop because of the Salicylic Acid. I used Burt's Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream, the Garden Tomato Toner and the Radiance Day Cream Moisturizer and had great results. These products are (mostly) natural (the toner uses natural ingredients for Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids) and are totally safe during pregnancy. Good luck and congratulations!
S.P. answers from Raleigh on May 03, 2010
I didn't find a lot that I could use while I was pregnant. Everything seemed to have salicylic acid in it or benzoyl peroxide. I ended up using Cetaphil daily facewash for normal to oily skin and Oil of Olay astringent with witch hazel morning and night. It helped my skin a lot. I wouldn't say it completely cleared up, but much improved. I also used an exfoliator in the shower, like apricot scrub. Congrats on your pregnancy!
C.G. answers from New York on May 03, 2010
S. - I have used Melaleuca's entire body and home line for 14yrs. Not only do you have to worry about how your skin reacts , you want to know what is being absorbed into your body through your skin. If you would like to know more - email me - I'll be happy to show you how a made my home a Safe, healthier one. C.
N.S. answers from Chicago on May 02, 2010
I've found that going more natural is the way to go. I recommend Dr. Bronner's All-In-One liquid soap for babies. It has no fragrance, is all organic, and it washes very clean. If it's safe for babies it's safe for you with baby! I love the way you feel squeaky-clean!
I use all natural NOW brand almond oil as a moisturizer for my face. My skin glows! Almond oil can help with acne and will not clog pores. I use NOW brand coconut oil on my body.
Hope that helps!
J.R. answers from Miami on May 03, 2010
Hi S.. Your are right. Pregnancy hormones makes the skin go a bit crazy and get sensitive :) This too shall pass. In the meantime, I found Cetaphil cleanser to be most gentle and use it now on my toddler as well. As for acne products, I would consult with your dermatologist as there are different schools of thought as to what acne fighting products are safe during pregnancy. I used a Clindamycin and zinc based product (zindaclin) which was recommended by 2 dermatologists for me. I also used a mild toner/exfoliator -- Clinique's for sensitive skin (no alchohol) -- but I would ask the dr about this as well as it contains .05% BHA and different people have different opinions about this ingredient.
P.R. answers from New York on May 02, 2010
Johnson & Johnson's Baby Wash - I discovered it at the hospital when I delivered and had forgotten my usual cleanser for my super-sensitive skin. It works wonders, hypoallergenic, and it's very affordable. I've used it for several years and my skin (in my 30's) cleared up. Moisture Surge from Clinique, also excellent. And for sunscreen, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 30 - I use all of these now with my 2nd pregnancy with no problems.
K.S. answers from Minneapolis on May 03, 2010
Zap It is a four step acne treatment that works like proactive without the harsh chemicals. The company that makes Zap It also makes other facial products like moisturizers, cleansers, toners, cosmetics, etc. I shop online for just about everything and have it delivered right to my door. If you have access to internet, I can show you how to do it yourself and even get everything at a discounted price. Let me know if I can help!