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I am 4 months pregnant and still having acne issues. I have never had problem-free, crystal-clear skin. However, before becoming pregnant, it was limited for the most part to PMS-related acne. Aloe vera gel seemed to keep it under control. Now it's a constant, though!! The pimples are not huge cysts (fortunately!) but rather smallish whiteheads surrounded by some redness...but they are multiplying. I am self-conscious and tempted to slather makeup on them to cover them up, but I know that's prob. not the best tactic. I work outside the home and so have to face others (seemingly all with clear skin!) on a daily basis. Just at a loss at what to do.<br><br>
Things I have tried: washing face with honey, baking soda (read about that on MDC); using a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water as a toner; evening primrose oil/evening primrose oil cream; emu oil; jojoba oil; oil-free alpha hydroxy gel. These are all things I have read about as being "natural remedies." Of course, nothing has really worked; that's why I'm posting. The "oils" seem like they may have just clogged my pores more, although they are supposed to be cleansing. Oh yeah, trying to drink tons of water and to eat healthy as well.<br><br>
Any of you have any ideas? Anyone get relief at a dermatologist or try anything else that's worked? I have used benzoyl peroxide with success in the past, but I don't think I'm supposed to be using that while pregnant. Also, not sure what a dermatologist would do since I am pregnant. Thanks for any ideas!!!!!! I'm cross-posting in Health & Healing as well.
 

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i feel for you...<br>
Hormones are crazy things that do crazy things to your face/body.<br>
I don't have a solution for you, but an optimistic view...y skin has gotten better the longer my pregnancy has gone on. Now who knows what will happen once the baby is born!<br><br>
[I've always had problem skin (not severe compared to some, but noticable) and I've never found anything that worked (natural or otherwise). But I've settled on a gentle cleaner (mixed with baking soda when appropriate to exfoliate) followed by a light moisturizer. And I've had the best luck with that.]<br><br>
Hope for the best!
 

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I had acne show-up between months 2-4 of this pregnancy as well. The acne was concentrated on my forehead, tiny white bumps...nothing cystic, but annoying all the same. It was upsetting, but the good news is that once I reached the half way point my skin calmed down and my clear skin came back. I hope the same happens for you.<br><br>
Sounds like you are drinking plenty of water. I found just a simple combination of Burt's Bee Garden Tomato soap and Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion SPF 15 to work for me. I don't wear make-up daily, but a little Prescriptives concealer and powder helped me face the world on bad days. The only other facial product I use is some eye cream at night.<br><br>
Eating healthy (yogurt, citrus fruits, and omega-3s for the skin), drinking plenty of water and exercising go a long way. And if you are stressed out, which most of us are (!), try finding ways to unwind.<br><br>
Hugs.
 

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Thank you for the replies! Hoping this is something that will get better.... The Burt's Bees tomato soap sounds interesting; maybe I'll give it a try. Thanks again!
 

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I think benzoyl peroxide is fine to use when pregnant. Your skin sounds just like mine... clear when not pregnant, breaking out when pregnant, small whitehead like bumps surrounded by redness that quickly multiply... I have used clean and clear continuous acne control every single day during both of my pregnancies with no ill effects. And it's the ONLY thing that I have found that really really works. If you're not comfortable using a facewash with benzoyle peroxide, I hope you can find a natural solution. Otherwise, you'll just have to live with it.
 

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With my first, my acne definitely got worse around the same time as you are describing. My midwife encouraged me to keep drinking lots of water, eating well, and trusting that it would clear up on its own. She said sometimes hormones make acne worse. Sometimes makes acne appear when you haven't had it before. Sometimes makes it disappear... just to be patient & have faith.<br><br>
It's so hard not to focus on it when the rest of your body is changing so much... and you're still trying to feel "pretty". I know & understand, believe me.<br><br>
What I can tell you is that with my first, almost miraculously it seemed, that in the middle of my 2nd trimester, my skin DID start getting better.<br><br>
I did use a wash w/benzoyl peroxide in the first trimester with my first (didn't do any good anyway), topically, before I researched. You can google to be certain, but I'm pretty sure its not recommended. Once you know better, you do better... so I stopped as soon as I did the research... and only went with more natural remedies after that (and tried not to beat myself up).<br><br>
This time around acne began to clear on its own at around month 7. I'm actually "glowing" now. Only took 8 months! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Hang in there. It may or may not get better for you. But if it doesn't, remember your baby won't mind ONE BIT, and s/he is the most important thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks again for the support. I guess I may just have to give it time and accept that there's not going to be a magical cure-all. I am not going to be one of those people with that healthy "pregnancy glow" (unless it's an exceptionally oily day for me, I guess - LOL). Regarding the benzoyl peroxide, I have also read that benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are not recommended when pregnant. Not to scare anyone - I think it's just one of those things where the effects haven't really been studied extensively enough for there to be a concensus that it's okay....which is too bad, as I have had success with it before becoming pregnant (although it is very drying). Sigh.
 
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