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SquintySquirrel Tue 13-Jun-17 13:30:30

Help! Have always suffered from acne and have really sensitive combination skin but just found out I'm pregnant and my skin is an oily open pored acne filled mess and I don't even know what I'm allowed to use!

Does anyone have experience of pregnancy acne and have any recommendations? I feel so hideous just now blush

10Betty10 Tue 13-Jun-17 17:53:00

I had it really bad in first trimester and found that a tea tree and witch hazel toner really helped. Also carrying face blotting paper in bag at all times! The best type is the one with a light powder on it, rather than just the tracing paper type one.

10Betty10 Tue 13-Jun-17 17:54:39

This is the toner/cleanser that I got on really well with:

www.boots.com/boots-tea-tree-and-witch-hazel-cleansing-and-toning-lotion-150ml-10125607

10Betty10 Tue 13-Jun-17 17:58:43

These blotting papers:

www.superdrug.com/Superdrug-Deep-Action/Superdrug-Deep-Action-Mattifying-Shine-Control-Papers/p/718566

2017Babyontheway Tue 13-Jun-17 18:10:21

I read somewhere about sulphur soap and bought a bar off boots.com. It did really help to clear up my skin if you can stand the smell of sulpher for a short time when it gets wet!

SquintySquirrel Tue 13-Jun-17 18:24:54

Thanks - I'll have a look at these recommendations. Hope it doesn't last the whole pregnancy!

I thought sulfur was a no-no in pregnancy @2017Babyontheway? I've been reading loads about what I can and can't use so maybe I'm wrong though

10Betty10 Tue 13-Jun-17 18:30:41

If it makes you feel any better, mine calmed down about halfway through second trimester.

kizzle Tue 13-Jun-17 19:50:28

My acne came in the second trimester, around 18 weeks. 33 weeks now and it's nowhere near as bad as it was!
I went to see the doc and he prescribed me Acnecide, it's a benzoyl peroxide cream and has worked wonders x

tuxedocat Tue 13-Jun-17 19:55:01

I suffered badly and I've never had problem skin. I found a freederm treatement recommended by 'a model recommends' she does a baby blog called the uphill. Have a look at that because she interviewed a dermatologist who gave great advice. smile
It stopped my acne being so cystic which really helped. I also used Una Brennan's Saylic Acid (spelt wrong) face mask which is fine to use as it's under the threshold. Anything you can buy over the counter should be fine and would have a warning if you can't use during pregnancy x

AnUtterIdiot Tue 13-Jun-17 20:33:49

I use a light prescription steroid for seborrheic dermatitis on my face and my GP told me that very few creams you apply on your skin are capable of harming a foetus.

Sweetyboo Tue 13-Jun-17 22:50:01

Yes babes you are NOT alone. Im 11 weeks now so skin start to get better. I have normal skin but as soon i find out i was pg few weeks before that i had really bad acne around my jaws & near ears. Painfull. Now i also got spots all over my chest. Not on boobs but in middle on the chest TMI lol good luck

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