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post #1 of 16
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So apparently my relief at not having any horrible pregnancy symptoms was a little premature.  In the last 72 hours my face has gone from normal to being covered in acne.  And not the minor, oh-I'll-just-cover-it-with-concealer kind, but horrible giant red bumps that insist on announcing their presence to the world.  I have an arsenal of products I could use if I weren't pregnant, but of course if I weren't pregnant I probably wouldn't be dealing with this in the first place... eyesroll.gif

 

I know that, as far as issues go, this is not a terribly big one.  But in the next two weeks we have Christmas parties and family visits and all kinds of other occasions where people will be taking pictures... and I really don't want to cringe every time I see someone pull out a camera.  So, any natural suggestions?  Please?  If you've dealt with this, what worked for you?

post #2 of 16

I'm so sorry. If it makes  you feel any better my face has cleared up but al the zits just migrated to my back and got really big. It's disgusting.

post #3 of 16

The exact same thing has happened to me.  I don't remember this happening this badly before.  I know that if you put toothpaste (paste, not gel) on it, it will help.  Also a hot pack will bring it out.  Right now, I'm just washing my face at least twice a day.  I hope it gets better soon!

post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by Evergreen View Post

If it makes  you feel any better my face has cleared up but al the zits just migrated to my back and got really big.



I don't know if I would say that made me feel better... Actually I have one on my back now, I think you jinxed me!  ROTFLMAO.gif

 

amaayeh, I tried toothpaste, but it just made them crusty and awful.  But the hot pack is a good idea, thank you!  I also read somewhere on mothering about using honey to wash your face, which I've started doing and will probably continue even if it doesn't help because it smells good.  yummy.gif

post #5 of 16

What about a little tea tree oil?  That's what I use and as far as I know it is safe in small amounts.  I have pimples EVERYWHERE right now - face, shoulders, back, chest, in my hair, behind my ears, on my *sigh* butt... I am just going to try my best to ignore them.  I know they will clear up in a few weeks but they HURT!!  And my skin is soooooo dry from having the heat on all the time which, for some reason makes it worse, because it seems like logically if your skin is dry then the pimples should clear up.  Bah!!!

post #6 of 16

The homeopathic remedy pulsatilla works WONDERS. I posted a similar post as yours on a different site a few weeks ago and someone recommended it, I was skeptical but out of desperation since nothing else worked I took it three times a day and my skin got clearer and clearer until it was completely clear. It was a MIRACLE, lol. I got it at whole foods and it's of course completely safe during pregnancy. The person who recommended it to me actually also said to only wash your face with water, because if you use drying things like soap your skin can send out more oil to rehydrate. That plus pulsatilla is all I do and will ever do again, no need for the chemicals anymore. Good luck!

post #7 of 16

This happened to me as well. So bad that even my dad noticed it. It seems to be clearing up a little now but I still have some left over bumps and just bad looking skin in general. Ive got to try some of these remedies!!!

post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by tracymom1 View Post

What about a little tea tree oil?  That's what I use and as far as I know it is safe in small amounts.



If you use TTO please make sure to use a carrier oil. TTO is too abrasive to be used directly on skin, and will make you peel (or worse). However, it does work well.

 

I've been getting absolutely horrific acne, too. All over my cheeks, both sides, from cheekbone to corner of my mouth. It's AWFUL. I've been using clerasil persagel in combination with some EO's and that's working alright as long as I stay on top of it. OCM also helps significantly.

post #9 of 16

The thing I really like about pulsatilla is you take it orally so it makes all of your skin nice. Not even just acne free when I take it but healthier, like glowing skin. Okay, I'm done talking about it, I just think *everyone* with acne troubles should try it :-)

post #10 of 16
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I looked up pulsatilla on wikipedia, which says "Blackfoot Indians used Pasque Flower (genus Pulsatilla) to induce abortions and childbirth.  Pulsatilla should not be taken during pregnancy nor during lactation," so I don't think I would be comfortable taking it any time soon.  It then goes on to explain that it's safe in homeopathic remedies because it's diluted to the point of being undetectable, but I guess for me the question there is, what's the point?
 

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Originally Posted by tracymom1 View Post

What about a little tea tree oil?  That's what I use and as far as I know it is safe in small amounts.



If you use TTO please make sure to use a carrier oil. TTO is too abrasive to be used directly on skin, and will make you peel (or worse). However, it does work well.

 

I've been getting absolutely horrific acne, too. All over my cheeks, both sides, from cheekbone to corner of my mouth. It's AWFUL. I've been using clerasil persagel in combination with some EO's and that's working alright as long as I stay on top of it. OCM also helps significantly.



Thank you for the carrier oil info!  I think I'll give that a shot next, or maybe I'll just give up and wear a ski mask during our visits.  :)

post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by nikie23 View Post It then goes on to explain that it's safe in homeopathic remedies because it's diluted to the point of being undetectable, but I guess for me the question there is, what's the point?


The point is whether or not you believe that homeopathic remedies have merit. If you do, you'd also believe that the essence left behind is what your body uses to trigger reactions.  :) Some people believe it, some people don't! It's kind of like eating apple seeds to build up a tolerance for cyanide poisoning: some people put faith into it, others don't.

I'm sort of 50/50 as to whether or not I believe in it, I think it's far more placebo, but if it's working then I'll keep taking it even as a known placebo. ;)

 

This is a huge difference from HERBAL remedies, which use strong dilutions of plant and roots and can be dangerous if you're not sure exactly how to use them (just like any medication). Best to know what you're doing before mucking about with herbal, EO's or aromatherapy.

post #12 of 16

I hate to share this gem of info, but I get acne when I am pregnant and it doesn't go away until I am done nursing. It is big cycstic under the skin acne. After trying numerous solutions and talking to a dermatoligist and a make up expert, I have determine there is absolutely nothing you can do to prevent this type of hormonal acne. The most you can do is treat it when it appears. Proactive stuff is the best but very chemically. Tea Tree Oil works for some people (not me).

post #13 of 16

Vanessa: that sucks. :( My husband also gets cystic acne (also called type 4 acne) and it's been with him since teenagehood. It never goes away completely, but it does come and go in phases that are seemingly completely unrelated to ANYTHING AT ALL. So frustrating! His dermatologist told him that when a phase of it hits, it'll travel down your body from face, to neck, to shoulders, to back and then stop... and that seems to be the case every time. His whole family has the same problem, too. All the way up into middle-age! I never had any acne until pregnancy, and even then it's relatively mild so hopefully our kids inherit my skin!

post #14 of 16

**edit** Oops, I guess my response never went through?

 

Here is a great website on pregnancy and pulsatilla:

 

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:3ZT0wGxS7ZkJ:wncdoula.wordpress.com/2009/06/15/homeopathy-for-pregnancy-pulsatilla/+pulsatilla+is+safe+during+pregnancy&cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=safariQuote:

 

At the end of the article you can see someone asks the questions: "I have used pulsatilla in the past with great success while I wasn’t pregnant. It is a perfect cure for my yeast infections. While doing some research online about pulsatillaand pregnancy I found many sites promoting it (for morning sickness and labor complications), including your blog. I found one that listed it as never use duringpregnancy. Are you familiar with this list, and author? If so do you know what she might understand about the product that would give her a different opinion than everyone else in the homeopathic world? Thanks, Anna

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/pregnancy/isitsafeto/herb&drugchart/"

And the author's response is this:

"Sorry it took me a little while to respond to you. The website you referred to is talking about herbal remedies, instead of homeopathic ones. Many herbs do have a strong effect on the body, and are best used under supervision or avoided duringpregnancy. Homeopathy, on the other hand, is safe for pregnancy and has no side effects. This is because homeopathy is energy medicine- in the higher (above 6c) potencies, it contains no molecules at all of the original substance, and even in a 6c dose, there are so few molecules of actual pulsatilla that it wouldn’t have an adverse effect on you. There are a couple of great books that help to explain this concept- my favorite is Richard Moskowitz’s Homeopathic Medicines forPregnancy and Childbirth."

It's always a good idea to use a homeopath though. I need to find a new one myself. Good luck!


Originally Posted by nikie23 View Post

I looked up pulsatilla on wikipedia, which says "Blackfoot Indians used Pasque Flower (genus Pulsatilla) to induce abortions and childbirth.  Pulsatilla should not be taken during pregnancy nor during lactation," so I don't think I would be comfortable taking it any time soon.  It then goes on to explain that it's safe in homeopathic remedies because it's diluted to the point of being undetectable, but I guess for me the question there is, what's the point?
 

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Originally Posted by tracymom1 View Post

What about a little tea tree oil?  That's what I use and as far as I know it is safe in small amounts.



If you use TTO please make sure to use a carrier oil. TTO is too abrasive to be used directly on skin, and will make you peel (or worse). However, it does work well.

 

I've been getting absolutely horrific acne, too. All over my cheeks, both sides, from cheekbone to corner of my mouth. It's AWFUL. I've been using clerasil persagel in combination with some EO's and that's working alright as long as I stay on top of it. OCM also helps significantly.



Thank you for the carrier oil info!  I think I'll give that a shot next, or maybe I'll just give up and wear a ski mask during our visits.  :)


Edited by OrangeMoon - 12/16/10 at 9:33am
post #15 of 16

I like Burts Bees blemish stick, but I also find that a good soap works well during those times as well, and wearing as little makeup as possible (except when trying to cover up the pimples of course) and letting things breathe. For soaps I really like Kiss My Face with olive oil---I know the oil sounds counterintuitive but it helped restore the natural balance of things...

 

And changing things in the diet make a huge difference too, but hard to do with a little wombguest guiding the appetite. :)

 

Good luck!

post #16 of 16
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And changing things in the diet make a huge difference too, but hard to do with a little wombguest guiding the appetite. :)

 

That is a really good point!  Thinking back, it seems like the explosion coincided with a phase where I was really craving protein, so I was eating things like hamburgers and tacos and beef stroganoff.  And I just found an article suggesting eating a lot of red meat can trigger break-outs.  Whoops?

 

I don't know how well I'll be able to ignore the nugget's demands, but hopefully between diet tweaks and tea tree oil I can at least get the craziness under control.  :)

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