Hormones Going Crazy After Baby, Skin Problems

Updated on January 09, 2008
K.G. asks from Fort Lauderdale, FL
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For the last 4 months I have been having problems with my face. I don't have actual pimples, there tiny bumps under the skin on my forehead and right side of cheek. I have now been to 3 dermatologists who all prescribed me different things and nothing is helping.. I have even talked to someone that is into natural products and just got onto sawpalmetto pills. I have never had a problem with my skin ever and all the doctors are telling me it's still my hormones adjusting after having my son 9 months ago. It just seems so long ago that my skin and hormones should be back to normal. How long does it "actually" take before you hormones are "back to normal"? I seem to be getting facials every 3-4 weeks and it "temporarily" solves the problem but the bumps come back.. Has this happened to anyone? What do you use? Who did you see? How long will these bumps last? I want them GONE... My facial girl has made me nervous because she said sometimes after giving birth; moms skin can get worse.. I need advice.. I have tried ALOT OF PRODUCTS BUT not all at once... PS I haven't breast fed my son since he was 6 weeks old.

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So What Happened?

Thank you everyone for your great advice... Well (KNOCK ON WOOD) the bumps are lessening but not 100% gone.. I got back onto proactiv and it seems to be helping.. My friend also told me to try saw palmetto pills so I'm on that as well...

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K.S.

answers from Boca Raton on

After I had my daughter, my face was a mess and it didn't matter whether or not I was breast feeding. I tried Proactiv and it cleared up my blemishes but did nothing for the little white bumps that were on my forehead and cheeks. After a visit to the dermotologist and a biopsy on one of the bumps, he concluded it was an overactive skin growth caused most likely by hormones. I have not gotten any new bumps since the 1st year after she was born, but the bumps have never gone away. The advice I was given was to "gentle cleanse and exfoilate so the pores would not block up".

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K.K.

answers from Boca Raton on

I don't think you ever really get back to "normal" 100%, but for me, my body felt as close to the way it was about a year or so after my daughter was born. Maybe a year and a half. If you are breastfeeding, it would take longer I imagine.

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M.K.

answers from Boca Raton on

Hi Kristy-
I'm not sure if you have heard of Arbonne products, but they are great and actually work. My suggestion to get your hormones back to normal would be to try the Prolief cream from Arbonne. It's a hormone balancing cream that you put on soft tissue in the morning and night. It really does work. I started using it after I stopped breastfeeding. For your face I would suggest trying the Clear Advantage line. You can read more about the products at www.arbonne.com or call me and I can get them for you. ###-###-#### Here's my email too [email protected]____.com Good Luck!

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K.F.

answers from Tampa on

Hi Kristy,

I am a Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay. We have come out with a whole new line for both men & women. I would be more then happy to drop off some samples of our proucts & if you like them you let me know & if not you move on to something else. What else do you have to lose??? All our products are not tested on animals & ALL are for sensitive skin. No harsh chemicals!!

www.marykey.com/kfrotten

If I dont hear form you, Good Luck!

K.

K.N.

answers from Miami on

Please tell your GYN. I know Dr. Graber in Coral Springs is a GREAT doctor. I bet they can help way more then a derm.. Good luck-Kathy

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E.B.

answers from Macon on

I swear by the birth control pill. My face and neck broke out a lot during pregnancy (due to hormones) and once I had my 6 week post partum check up I went back on the pill. Not only did I feel better since the pill helps even out hormones (in my opinion) a week or two later my face and neck completely cleared up. Sometimes it's a pain to take the pill and I think about going off of it--but then I remember how my face never breaks out when I'm on it so that's my motivation to keep with the pill. I'm on ortho tri cyclen low. I've also learned a lot about how sensitive our skin can be (my daughter has super sensitive skin) so I use Cetaphil lotion on both her and on my face. It has no perfumes or dyes and is very moisturizing too. It comes in a huge bottle for like $7 on sale.

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E.M.

answers from Daytona Beach on

Have you tried Proactive (from the infomercial) that's what I use it works great. I only use it when I am not on the pill because when I am on the pill my skin is fine but as soon as I get off the same problem your having starts up. I have found following the proactive program controls it just as well and costs me the same as my prescription a month anyway. Good Luck

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M.

answers from Daytona Beach on

I know this sounds crazy but the only thing that has worked for me and I've tried drugstore products up thru almost everything sold at Nordstrom's and the ONLY thing that has made my skin soooo clear is Proactiv. The stuff from the infomercials.....I know its so cheesy but I tried Proactiv around 1999 and it burnt my skin b/c I have very sensitive skin. Then after my third child I was desperate to look like the young fresh mom I felt like. I tried it again and this stuff is awesome! They must have changed their formula or something or maybe its just me but my skin look good and it feel smooth. Hope this helps and If you want to buy it they sell it at a kiosk in the Daytona Mall.

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P.B.

answers from Miami on

You can try an oatmeal mask, it's wonderful for the skin. It's ahomemade receipt. In a pan put water and plain oatmeal when is ready let it seat to cool until is a nice temperature to apply in your face. When is dry rinse your face. Good luck!!

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A.R.

answers from Melbourne on

It sounds like there are a lot
of products being used on your skin, and if I were you I would cut
out any new products and go back to using only products that you
used in the past and know are not causing any reaction. There are many chemicals in skin products and something you started using might be causing this problem.
The 'key' to getting this problem solved is continued exfoliation.
I would use a scrub, (like the apricot scrub cleanser product with granules) and scrub with a rag - also an AHA (acid) product at night
to exfoliate. The side-benefit is that exfoliation is also the way to keep skin looking young and wrinkle-free.

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M.H.

answers from Boca Raton on

I know that Melissa K has GREAT advice!!! If you are wearing makeup to cover any blemishes too, be careful at what you put on your face, make sure its Natural..Arbonne has makeup that wont clog pores, or damage your skin with toxins.........
If nothing else works....it'd be worth a shot or at least looking into....you'd have NOTHING to lose!!
But if you can't see the bumps unless you are right on your face, (ya know close to the mirror as you can get?)
Don't worry about them, because Stress wont help those either...
But I know how you feel I have lil bumps on the back of my arms? That seem like they're never going away....Its just Annoying...right?
Good Luck~
M.

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R.T.

answers from Orlando on

Hi Kristy
Im 26 and I had the same problem but even worse. I got that and pimples with a little skin discoloration! Before that my face was like a baby's. Anyways, I do not know how much you want to spend....it's a little pricey...but wayyyyy worth it! Have you heard of Obaji? It's prescription. Its amazing! It's a 6-8 week creme regimen, i swear i saw results in 2. Let me know if your interested. I can refer you to where I got mine and who I saw. (the whole program was almost $500).
Good Luck
R. ;)

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M.R.

answers from Orlando on

Hello, well I can suggest a good deep cleansing facial, not your regular basic facial, I offer good deep cleansing with Enyzmes that will unclog your skin and i will give you some samples to try, I dont push products when you come in, if you like the samples then they are available and one of them would be one that is called Soothing repair gel, its great for the white bumps you are talking about. Dont buy any natural product its not strong enought for you, you need a medicated line to help you,so dont waist your money on all types that people refer you too.

If you want to look at my menu please check out my website at: www.beauvisageinc.com
Iam located at Oasis Salon on Turkey lake rd near Sand lake rd near Universal studios, I'am worth the drive for a good facial.
if you have any questions you are welcome to call me at
###-###-#### Good luck
hope to see you soon, M.

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J.K.

answers from Miami on

Hi Kristy,

Many woman going through skin & hair problems after giving birth. Hormones go crazy. Take a look at the Natural Hormone Balancing cream PROLIEF. It's an excellent way to get yourself back to you! If you have any questions let me know.
www.J..myarbonne.com
click shop online click natural balancing cream

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S.M.

answers from Lakeland on

After my baby was born i started getting little red pimple like bumps on my right cheek as well. I had never had a problem with acne as a teen and it drove me crazy. It would clear up and then come back a few weeks later. I just used a generic acne cream and finially it stopped coming back. I'm sure the cream had nothing to do with it, probably just a hormonal thing. But it finially stopped when my little girl was 11 mos. Hang in there, hopefully yours will come to an end soon. Good Luck!

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E.L.

answers from Naples on

Hi Kristy, I'm a massage therapist and esthetician in Naples, FL. I'm somewhat new to the skin care realm (2 years into it) and have heard that the ProActiv line is an effective one for many users. If you're inclined to pursue a more 'natural' or organic product solution check out The Good Medicine Tin website. Candace The Oil Lady is a master aromatherapist and carries excellent organic oils and proprietary blends. She has a product called 'Clear Skin' which may be of interest to you. She is extremely accessible for (free) consultation via e-mail from the site, and I believe she'll have excellent advice for you. She and her husband John have the business together and provide the finest, warmest service you'll ever experience! My experience in women's health leads me to concur with your doctor's opinions that your hormones are still in significant flux. In addition to eating well and drinking lots of quality water, some sort of meditation or meditative exercise would also help lots. Parenting is so intense, especially in the early years, and we tend to give and stretch ourselves beyond the beyond. Taking time to nurture your inner world and dream your dreams is so important for your overall health. Your esthetician may have already given you counsel on exfoliating regularly but not excessively (which can accelerate oil production and cause pores to clog). Be attentive to thorough cleansing without going overboard and giving loving care to yourself inside and out.
Blessings to you and your little one! E.

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R.K.

answers from Boca Raton on

Different women have different hormone issues after birth. most often it takes about 9 months for the body to get back completely to where it was before. hormones and all... since you arent nursing that likely isnt effecting your hormones. takes 9 months to give birth, we assume it akes that long to get back to complete normal. but many factor vary. you could have developed an allergy of some type and not knnow yet what it is... I unfortunatly dont have a fix for you as I cant ive medical advice anyway. but my guess would be, my intuition is telling me, that maybe you are dong too much. my gut says, stop worrying about it and just finding one nice smoothing soap for cleaning your face and leave well enough alone and it may dissapear. it may have started as hormones but have turned into over stimulating the facial tissue. try it for a few months. of it doesnt work, go back to the fecials and differnt things if you like. at the very leasst youll get a break of not having to worry about it. be well. R. Kraft, doula , photographer and childbirth educator. ( [email protected]____.com )

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