Pimples After Pregnancy

Updated on June 03, 2009
S.A. asks from Lufkin, TX
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A few months after giving birth to my beautiful baby girl, I started having some random breakouts on my face. I knew my hormones were "out-of-whack" so I didn't think much of it. Now, my baby girl is a year old, and my face is getting worse. Not only are the pimples large and inflamed, when they go away they're leaving red marks on my face. I've been using Proactive for 2 weeks, and I've not noticed any changes. Have any of you mom's experienced this? Could it be a hormonal thing, or am I just getting adult acne??? Please Help if you can!

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Thank you ladies for all of the wonderful advice! I have researched just about everything you've all suggested, and I've decided to go see a highly recommended doctor in my area. I kinda knew all along this is what it would take, but you know us Mom's, our priorities lie way beyond ourselves. That's really a shame...we need to always be at our best; we deserve it! Thanks again, and may God bless each and every one of you!!!

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M.V.

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Same thing happened to me and it is so frustrating! The dermatologist sold me a whole bunch of expensive stuff that didn't work. I used Arbonne's products and my skin is back to normal! I would be happy to share all about them and tell you how you can get them a discount. You can send me a message here or through my website www.foravibrantlife.myarbonne.com. Best wishes!

T.F.

answers from Dallas on

Please make an appt with a great dermatologist. Dr Allen Menter is one of the best in the DFW area. He is located at Baylor downtown and FAR worth the drive and $$$

We heard of him a few yars ago and I used him as a proactive approach for my daughter. She had no Rx pills, just a daily creme that had kept her skin so nice. She never had an issue....we just went for proactive approach when she went through puberty.

I had seen Dr Menter for my skin issues (darker spots) and he helped with NO chemical peels , etc

Great Dr and his PA 's are great .

EDIT: I just saw what bad typos I made on here. OOPS....sometimes I should not respond via the Iphone... Good luck!

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A.D.

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I got completely cured using something from the heath food store.
It was called Nature's Way AKN Skin Care.I think it was $8.99 for 60 capsules. I don't remember.
It worked fantastic, but you have to take them BEFORE a meal, otherwise I'd get heartburn from the cayenne pepper in the capsules.

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J.S.

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S.,

Skin problems come from the inside. They are a reflection of some sort of imbalance INSIDE your body. Creams and lotions, prescription or not, will not address the underlying cause of the imbalance. Some of the chemicals also are highly toxic.

Consider starting with dietary changes.

For some reason, pregnancy promotes yeast overgrowth/candida in the body. In my personal experience, this contributes to adult acne. This is exacerbated by a diet high in sugar and any carbs (pasta, bread, crackers, etc). Have you been craving sweets at all? This is another sign of a sugar/candida problem.

Try going on a VERY VERY VERY low sugar/carb diet. Sugar includes traditional sweets, but also fruit, juice, bread, pasta, crackers, white rice, etc. No processed grains. Also, get some grapefruitseed extract and take 10 drops in water on an empty stomach a few times a day. This is HIGHLY effective for eliminating yeast. I use a product called Agrisept, available on the internet. A candida diet is very strict. It will be MUCH easier with the grapefruit seed extract.

Also, you could have an imbalance of omega 3 and omega 6 fats. Try to cut back on vegetable oils and introduce a good fish oil supplement. I use Carlson's Fish Oil, available at Whole Foods and some other good pharmacies like Royal Abrams Pharmacy. Walnuts and pumpkin seeds (pepitas) are also good.

My own adult acne is completely gone and I attribute it to my having addressed these two things in my diet: omega 3 deficiency and yeast overgrowth. I also had a history with using Proactiv.

Also make sure you are getting good sleep and lower your stress levels. Any healing is more difficult when you are not being good to yourself.

Good luck.

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J.D.

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It could also be keratosis pilaris. Mine got worse after pregnancy. My derm put me on Locoid. It helps along with glycolics.

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J.C.

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I had the same problem after having my girl. In my case, it was pretty obviously hormones. I had a boy first and had great skin, as I always have. Then I got pregnant with my baby girl and immediately my hormones were crazy. I was more emotional and my skin was bad. I had painful large pimples that sound much like what you're dealing with. I used proactiv and several other expensive cleansers and it seemed to stay the same or get worse. What helped me was using just a regular cleanser (I got Mary Kay) and using something without the harsh chemicals did seem to help. I also reduced my sugar intake because I noticed I always would get one or two after a sugar binge. I had an appointment to get started back on the pill because I assumed that would help regulate hormones, bit found out I was pregnant again. My third was a boy, and my hormones have leveled out. I still have an occasional small pimple, but no more of the large breakouts. I would suggest talking to your OB/GYN first and if he/she can't help, go see a dermatologist. Hope you can get it under control- I know how frustrating and embarassing it can be. It will get better. :)

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S.J.

answers from Dallas on

During my 3rd pregnancy, I switched to ARbonne's Clear Advantage line. Make sure you use the supplement twice a day at first too. That makes all the difference, healing you from the inside out. After I got everything under control, I only used it once a day. That was over 2 years ago, and I am pregnant with my 4th now. My skin is different now and I don't need the supplement, but I use the Clear Advantage line, mixed with some of the elements of their anti-aging skin line that I love. ARbonne is great, find a friend who can order it for you and get it wholesale. It lasts a long time. Good luck!

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R.K.

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S.,
I can help. I am an Independent Mary Kay Consultant that has dealt with multiple cases of acne over the 12 years of my business. The key is getting the right balance and regiment for your skin and then changing it as your hormones change. Everything is 100% guaranteed so you will never have a buying mistake sitting in your bathroom drawer. I will sit down with you and learn about your skin and we can get started on what is best for you. It does take a committment to putting the products on, but I can say from personal experience it is more than worth it. I am a no fuss and a less is best kind of gal.
There is no obligation so if I teach you what you need to know and you feel it is not right for you it does not offend me.
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Taking care of you,
R.

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K.B.

answers from Dallas on

This happened to me. The dermatologist said it was "adult onset acne." Isn't that great:) I started using Proactive religiously twice a day AND prewashed my face with Murad for redness (you can get that at Beauty Brands). My skin dried out pretty bad for a month, but then my skin adjusted. My skin is now much better. I get maybe one pimple every few months. GOOD LUCK!!!!

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K.P.

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Dear S.,
Have you been able to find a product that gives you the results you were looking for? I would like to let you try some samples of a skin care line that I have been representing for awhile and have seen great results from. You may have already heard of Arbonne and their "Clear Advantage" line that is formulated just for challenges such as the ones you are facing. Arbonne Clear Advantage is an easy to follow regimen consisting of dermatologist tested, acne fighting formulas that help to clear skin and prevent blemishes from forming with salicylic acid, plus an advanced dietary supplement that provides zinc and antioxidants to help support healthy looking skin. I would be happy to let you try the products for a week or so, long enough for you to see and feel a difference in your skin. We encourage our clients to try our products before they buy them and even after purchase, there is a 45 day money back guarantee! Please let me know if you would like to try these products and we will get you on the way to beautiful skin!
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L.W.

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change your bed linens weekly; if your face is really bad, change your bed pillow twice a week. change out wash clothes as frequently too. drink lots of water/green tea and drink less coffee/sugary drinks... use noxema scrub with beads twice a day... let your skin breath in the sunlight about 15 minutes a day. if you can afford to, get a good microdermism procedure. good luck.

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J.K.

answers from Dallas on

Birth control pills helped me. I had very very very very bad acne during and after pregnancy. I went to my six week check up after giving birth and asked for help. They prescribed BC pills and my face is very clear now.

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M.C.

answers from Dallas on

Hi S.,

I've been there, done that too. Proactive worked for a while but then seemed to stop. I went to a dermatologist to get it under control and she had me on low-dose antibiotics for a little while. Now I treat my skin as sensitive, rather than acne-prone and my skin has been really clear. Using the nutritional product I market helps tremendously in that area too. In fact, I've gotten compliments on my complexion, which just makes me laugh!

I've had really good luck with using the Aveda sensitive skin line every day, along with their "Outer Peace" pads when a breakout does occur.

Good luck! I know it stinks having the skin of a perpetual teenager, but there is hope!

M.
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K.J.

answers from Dallas on

If it is a hormonal imbalance than you do not need all the facial product that these people are so quick to push on you. Get it checked with a doctor first. You can't fix the inside with products for your face. I would definitely try a natural internal remedy first like some of the other ladies suggested. It is healthy, and WAY less expensive than the cosmetic stuff.

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J.N.

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Dear S.:

Go to a doctor. You have a skin infection. You wouldn't let your husband or baby suffer as long as you have! Your problem may be deeper more complicated than mine was, but after suffering for about two years, my face HURT and I finally went to the doctor. I was given an antibiotic - it wasn't even expensive. It worked beautifully! Having a baby affects your hormones and it often affects your immune system. You are worth it!

Jen

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H.M.

answers from Dallas on

I have been having the same issue. I even went as far to have my hormones checked and all is fine. The dermatologist called it "perioral dermatitis". The skin is flaky in the area and is red and irritated looking along with getting a few pimples around the area. She put me on a two month dose of minocyclin and a topical sulfa medication to put on daily. I would definitely go to the doc to have it checked out...who knows what it is and you may just need a little help to get it cleared up.

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A.S.

answers from Dallas on

Hi S.! It could be that your Estrogen or Progesterone levels are out of whack...its a simple blood test ti have it checked. I would ask your doc to run the test. You may need to be on one or the other for a few weeks to reset your levels. Its definitely worth checking into!

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M.A.

answers from Dallas on

My guess is that your body got used to having the extra vitamins that were being provided from your prenatal vitamins. I would guess that you are probably not taking any vitamins at all now. If that is the case, I would recommend that you start taking a multivitamin. I think that may really help! That's the best advice I have though. If you are not taking a vitamin everyday, it is worth a try!

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S.F.

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YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Heck, my daughter is 17 months old now and I'm still breaking out. The doc says that my hormones are still a bit out of wack, but who knows. I am turning 40 in a few short months and was thinking that I was finished with 'break-outs', but that does not seem to be the case. I have tried a few pimple creams, special lotions and recently Mary Kay Microderm Abrasion cream & lotions ... ugh. Now it seems that if there is a spot on my face that had not shown signs of pimples are getting their turn.

I bet that diet plays a part in this too, but with a 6 yr old, a 3 yr old and a 17-month old - my diet seems to be whatever they will eat (or leaves on their plate). I'm sure you know what I mean ...

Good luck with finding a cure - I would LOVE to know what works for you. You may help me save some $$ on my repeat attempts.

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T.E.

answers from Dallas on

Hi S.,

I'm a consultant for Arbonne International and we have an awesome Clear Advantage acne skin care line. My friend's son has had great results with this line. We also have a natural balancing cream that you might be interested in checking out. I would be glad to help you in any way I can with either an order or showing you the product.

Good luck,
T.

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A.P.

answers from Dallas on

Hi, S.! This happened to me after my first child, too, and mine is Rosacea. Here's a link for some info: www.rosacea.org, but you'll need to see a dermatologist. Mine prescribed me "MetroGel" which is a topical ointment and controls the bumps. The redness is actually broken blood vessels and won't go away. Currently, the only treatment for that is a laser treatment. O magazine ran an article a while back about skin issues; they interviewed several dermatologists who all recommended this laser treatment saying it was safe and effective. And my dermatologist recommended it as well. I haven't tried it myself because it's kind of expensive and our insurance doesn't cover it, but I want to eventually! Also, anything that has alpha-hydroxy in it will irritate your skin. AND, this is the exact opposite of what any dermatologist will recommend, but my redness always looks better in the summer with a little tan to kind of hide it/tone it down. Technically, with Rosacea, you're supposed to live in 45 SPF forever. I use Aveeno Calming Moisturizer with SPF 15. It actually helps with the redness a little and gives you a little sun protection. And the Metrogel works great for the bumps. Good luck and I'd be happy to answer any more questions if I can!

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T.D.

answers from Dallas on

During my last trimester of pregnancy I developed what the dermatologist diagnosed as "hormonal cystic acne". Even after labor your hormones are still out of wack and you might be devoloping this horible condition. Whatever you do, don't pick/pop! Drink LOTS of water and if you are constipated, don't push! Take some sort of stool softner or laxative. All of the toxins in your body are being pushed out by your hormones through the pores in your face. Try to detoxify your body with some sort of detoxification method. If you go to the dermatologist DON'T let him/her cut into your face and drain the imperfections. This will leave life long crater scars. Proactive probably isn't working because it's not regular acne. It is caused by your hormones so you need to see your doctor or your obgyn and ask for hormone meds. Hang in there!

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K.S.

answers from Dallas on

ask your doctor about Spironolactone 50mg am and pm. The medicine took about 1 month or so to work fully, but it keeps my face clear by blocking testosterone. Girls have testosterone too, and it can increase over time.

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