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I am still having acne issues. Anyone else? 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 pregnancy and Health & Healing as well. Desparate here!!
 

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Hi,<br><br>
I feel your pain. Pg acne stinks! I've tried a variety of things, both natural and not so natural with varying success.<br><br>
To answer your question about the dermatologist: there are two ways they can go that are considered safe during pg. Azelex is the usually the only drug they'll prescribe. It's category B. It helps. They can also inject cysts with cortizone. Works well, but my insurance won't pay for it. Maybe yours will.<br><br>
I've been having luck lately with Burts Bees toner for acne-prone skin (tomato herb) and Nelson's Homeopathic Acne Gel. Honey and baking soda doesn't do much for me, though I still use that in the mornings. In the evenings I use Aveeno Skin Brightening Cleanser. My skin has been much clearer since using it, though in general I don't like stuff with chemicals.<br><br>
Hope that helps a bit. Hang in there.
 

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I have the same kind of zits, all over my cheeks and chin lately. I just pop them. I can live with red splotches, but not white middles.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have the same kind of zits, all over my cheeks and chin lately. I just pop them. I can live with red splotches, but not white middles.</div>
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My sentiments exactly....although I'm wondering if popping is making it worse. Regrding the Burts Bees tomate herb toner, someone elses recommended a Burts Bees tomato soap, so maybe I'll look into these BB products. thks!
 
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