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Anyone else? I used to get the occasional pimple or small breakout but since I've been pregnant it's been insane. My whole face is in constant breakout mode, bacne, and chestne. ARgh!!! I haaaaate it. My current routine is to wash with cetaphil and then use a gentle toner, every few days I will use a clearasil pad. And every few days use an exfoliating scrub. Does anyone have some tips to deal with this?
 

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Me, too! I usually have very clear skin and my skin has gone crazy. I don't know what to do. I'm hoping a little sun outside will help clear it up, so I have been wearing tank tops. Seems to be helping my face and chest...
 

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Same here. It comes and goes, but today it is BAD. Who are these people that get the clear glowing skin? I am of the bumpy, red, itchy skin. They are lucky!
 

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my usually perfect skin has gone bye bye too. now i have tiny little bumps on my face, and they are too annoying because they are not pimples, so theoretically they cant even be attacked if i wanted to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">, instead they are just bumps. Just bumps sitting there not going anywhere...<br><br>
morganeldi-I would think that if your skin was showing signs of distress that it would be best to skip the exfoliating treatment unless it was granule-free. I think it may be irritating the skin further...I know it gives a nice clean feeling so I totally get wanting to use it. If yours is granule-free or the granules are synthetic, I think that is better, than if say they are made of crushed anything, because then they are not perfectly round and are probably too abrasive for skin right now.<br><br>
I just keep reminding myself that the skin will do what its going to do because of all the hormonal changes....I do like to use a very gentle cleanser/moisturizer and also find that spritzing rose water is good, as it has calming/soothing properties...and once in a while I do love to put bulgarian rose oil on my face. As far as masks I like clay right now- it is purifying.
 

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I'm pretty good so far this pregnancy, but with my 1st pregnancy I was covered in acne. I remember it getting better in the 2nd trimester, though.<br><br>
I would skip the scrub for now...with all the hormonal stuff going on, it might be irritating the skin more than you'd like. Do you use moisturizer?
 

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My skin is pretty icky right now, too. lots of pimples. patches of little red bumps that I can't make go away. My back has been better since I started washing it with my face wash in the shower, plus witch hazel toner. Plus, changing my shirts frequently and never re-wearing something before it gets washed. My face, though, ugh. WHAT are these red bumps? WHY won't they leave!?
 

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I feel your pain. Mine isn't acne it is a rash on both cheeks that itches like crazy. Arrrgh! I went to the dermatologist yesterday and he said it can only be treated by steroid creams that are not approved during pregnancy. Great. I don't know what I've suddenly developed a reaction to but today I bought new bedding. I feel like it's worse at night so maybe I've developed a reaction to the down comforter?? Who knows but hopefully it won't last the entire pregnancy because the itching is making me crazy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hopmad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hopping mad">
 

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I'd had some acne issues right before we found out I was pregnant, and I switched to the oil cleansing method and it worked miracles. Seriously, google it now. It's just using a mixture of oils in place of your cleanser.<br><br>
It sounds disgusting, but it works wonders. My skin is finally smooth, blackhead free, which I literally never thought would be possible.<br><br>
That being said, my back has started to break out like crazy in the last couple of weeks, but it's in areas I can't really reach so I can't use the oil. I'm just waiting it out for now.
 

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I personally didn't have luck with the oil cleansing method, but I really like "washing" with raw honey. I guess different things work for different people. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have heard of the oil cleansing method but I'm sooo scared to try it in fear that it will make things way worse. But maybe I should....<br><br>
Ok, I will stop with the apricot scrub but it makes me *feel* cleaner. lol
 

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lol, i know...<br><br>
Burt's Bees makes a scrub that is very soft, i think its made of orange peel and something else.... maybe you could try a "softer" scrub.<br><br>
i know, i like a scrub more than ever to "freshen up"! But I am sticking to my epicuren scrub...it seemed $$ but has lasted me so many months now that i think its worth it...i like epicuren-they use everything organic. They are the ones that make the bulgarian rose otto (oil) that I just love but ouch too $$.
 

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Bleh, I'm having skin problems too. For once my face is almost totally clear-- but now my back and chest are breaking out! I also have dry scaly patches of skin on my stomach, chest and all down my back. I'm using jojoba oil on the dry skin, and wash my back and chest with neutrogena body clear. I also apply a small amount of proactiv repairing treatment to the worst spots and this helps to clear it up within a few days... but then it pops up somewhere else <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Hopefully it does clear up in the second trimester like someone suggested it might. Good luck!
 

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I'm a picker and I just can't help myself. I think it would be so much better if I left it alone, but I can't. I use baking soda in the shower, ACV for toner and coconut oil for moisturizer.<br><br>
As if it's not enough 'feeling big'. And I've never been one to get the nice luxurious hair everyone talks about. Oh well, at least I don't get sick<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Mine's not great either. My chin is all broken out and has dry skin. I use a washcloth to exfoliate it, and I make sure to wash the light makeup I wear off my face right when I get home from work.<br><br>
There seems to be really no helping it. I had pretty bad acne when I was younger--two rounds of Accutane. At least this acne has a "purpose" or whatever. I feel better about that.
 

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Ok, this thread got me thinking! Please see my spin-off thread:<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1222580" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1222580</a><br><br>
Has anyone else tried more natural acne products? I have been using a homeopathic one called Spotless, by Sprunk-Jansen (through my Frontier co-op). I have been pretty pleased with it's effectiveness in stopping acne. But, I haven't had a ton. I broke out when I expected AF (and so I really thought she was coming!), but I never have a really awful time with it. So, I'm not sure if it would help everyone, but it's at least something that's safe in pregnancy!
 

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Well, I usually have quite a few pimples, but during my pregnancy the majority of them have cleared up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Fingers crossed this change sticks around.<br><br>
You are all lucky that you normally have clear skin - this is a rare blessing for me!!
 

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I'm 13 weeks into this thing and it has started. It started last week with a nicebig one in the middle of my forehead. Since I'm a picker, I picked it. I have a few small ones on my cheek as well. When I noticed those, I realized it was from my pregnancy. Early on, I told my husband this was going to happen and that I would probably want to buy something. Perhaps it would help if I washed my face every day. However, I have a habit of only washing it when I go out. (I'm a SAHM.)<br><br>
When I do wash, I start with a baking soda scrub. Then I shave (yep, I shave the face hair), which furhter exfoliates. Then I was. Usually with a glycerine soap that my husband gets when he goes to conferences and the like at a nearby, well, it's not really a retreat center, but set up for confrences, mini-vactions, etc. If not the glycerine the whatever commercial product is available. (I get many free samples and just use those.) A friend of mine said that the baking soda was too harsh and I should try coffee grounds. Hhhmmm... The only problem is that I don't drink much coffee with the pregnancy and when I do, I have a habit of dumping the grounds in with the compost.<br><br>
I probably won't have to buy anything, even if it does get worse. My husband's sister was raised to buy what she wants when she wants it and if she doesn't like it, so what. She can get something else and not worry about the original. Therefore, she has several brands of face cleanser literally collecting dust in the bathroom. I asked my husband to ask his mother to ask his sitster to clean out what she doesn't want to give to me. (She did that once with a bunch of shampoos and conditioners. I'm not overly picky, though I do like some brands over others. [Mainly Suave.] However, I'll take free stuff and if I don't like it, I will use it on day when I'm not really going anywhere important but I want to shower. Or use it when I just want to wash my hair and pretty much know I'll eventually ponytail it. (Though I've discovered that if I use spray gel [watered down] and blow dry it it will usually look decent at least.)<br><br>
Oh, we were talking about face.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Well, somebody mentioned hair. Mine's already naturally thick and I think it's gotten thicker with the pregnancy.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> It takes longer to brush and dry after my shower, but it could also be because it's getting longer. Oy. (It takes an 45 minutes to an hour for me to shower and the hair is mostly the reason.)<br><br>
Anyway... I'm rambling and I need to get my daughter up from her nap. She's been napping for almost two hours and it's already 6:20. Yikes!
 

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With my last pregnancy I had a little acne before getting pregnant, and the pregnancy actually completely cleared my skin up. I hadn't had such good skin since fifth grade, and its had stayed like that since his birth.<br><br>
This time around my face has exploded. I don't think I've ever had acne this bad. I even have pimples on my scalp. So gross and uncomfortable. I crossing my fingers that its temporary.
 

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Washing with honey and moisturising with jojoba works to keep most acne away for me. When the occasional breakout occurs, I use calendula ointment.<br><br>
Exfoliation with something rough is actually really not good for your skin since it creates small tears that bacteria can enter, and makes things worse. Learned that from a dermatologist. If you want to slough away dead skin, use a washcloth.
 
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