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What causes acne breakouts when not pg

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When I'm pg my skin is clear and glowing then about 6 weeks to a few months after giving birth my skin starts breaking out again and stays that way till I get pg again. I thought maybe my hormones were out of wack but had them checked and everything was normal. I went to dermatologist and he just said it was adult acne (I rarely broke out as a teen so this irratates me even more) and prescribed antibiotics and two different lotions, one for night one for morning and Purpose soap. My skin gets very irratated from the lotions and gets dried out and peels. I'm just wondering if there is something else causing the breakout?
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I have dealt with break-outs as an adult, too. Very frustrating.

What I have determined that causes me a lot of irritation/breakouts is fragrance. It is in almost everything. So I use fragrance-free Cetaphil or just water to wash. Most lotions that are prescirbed have some sort of fragrance in them.

I got a prescription for something called Plexion about 2 years agowhich has sulphur in it and it really worked after a while. I haven't used it in over a year and it cleared things up.

Also, what has helped A LOT, is washing only in cold water. I figured this out because I have no hot water in my house. After taking cold baths and washing my face only with cold water for a while now, my skin has improved.
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Causes...

Stress
Diet
Hormones (definately)
Change in environment
Time of year (ever notice you lose more hair in the Autumn when the leaves fall?)
...tons of factors.

Yes, washing with luke warm water is great. Surface cleansing AND deep cleansing. Steaming but not too hot or for too long. This will aggrevate the skin.

Try putting Lavender (or Tea tree if it's not too strong) on the spots.

Try a good balanced clay mask. One with something other than just clay in it. Jurlique has a nice one but it's pricey....Moor Purifying Mask. (Steam before the mask.)

Hope that helps. There are so many great organic and non-harsh products for acne out there I could write a book about it. For a few of them, check out this link:

http://www.saffronrouge.com/s.nl/c.A...ategory.964/.f

I also did another post recently that goes through a whole routine for oily/acne skin with explanations as to why to do what. Sorry I'm tired or I'd find it for you.
post #4 of 7
Could it be that your nutrition is better when you're pregnant? Or that there's some vitamin or mineral you get more of when you're preggers than when you're not?
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Could it be that your nutrition is better when you're pregnant? Or that there's some vitamin or mineral you get more of when you're preggers than when you're not?
Thats a good possibility because I'm a junk food junky (skip meals, snack, eat lots of sweets) but when I'm pg I make myself eat healthier and most of the foods I normally like I can't stomach, and I take prenatals. Although with dd I was so sick that the vitamins made me throw up so I couldn't take them like I should have.
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I had acne all through my teens and early adult years. I finally saw on the PETA website that dairy is notorious for causing breakouts. I figured that it couldn't hurt to give it a whirl. After giving up dairy, my skin cleared up and stayed that way for the first time in years. I wish I had known sooner. (The acne came back when I indulged in an ice cream craving and would go away when I stayed vegan).
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Thats a good possibility because I'm a junk food junky (skip meals, snack, eat lots of sweets)
An overgrowth of yeast will do it. Try taking acidophilous daily. There's also a diet you can go on and many expensive herbal remedies. I use the acidophilous and it improves if I remember to take it for a few days in a row. I get an initial couple of days when it's worse then it starts to get better.
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