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Had my first baby nearly a year ago, and in the past 6 months my skin's got really oily and spotty. I look like a frickin teenage mum, but old (and fat. And knackered). Sigh.
My skin was always completely clear before I had the baby - but then I was always on the pill. I got superduper spotty about 3 months after coming off the pill, but when pregnant it cleared up again. Damn hormones.
Can anyone help with products/advice on clearing up my skin? Please?
I'm going to link you to a thread I started last week here because although that was related to spots in a specific place much of the advice given to me there may be applicable to you.
In just the time since I've posted I've changed a few things and can already feel my skin settling down:
- been drinking at least 2 litres of water/day - using skin products that are as natural as possible. Currently using Neal's Yard things but have heard good things about NUDE skincare and La Roche Posay Effaclar. - I have been taking a 1000mg eve primrose capsule every day for a few weeks now - Have been having Agnus Castus tincture in water with am and pm meal- both Agnus Castus and Eve Primrose are linked to hormone balance.
I went to see a nutritionist yesterday, not just for skin, but she discussed cutting out or limiting sugar and caffeine as much as possible from diet for better skin.
Essentially what I have gleaned from others is that you need to treat from inside----> out to get better skin. I hope this helps!
Oh yes; the La Roche Posay products are wonderful. The Effaclar line is great but the Anthelios sunscreens (the spray kind that are labelled "non-comedogenic") are my holy-grail product. The ONLY sunscreen that my oily skin has ever been able to tolerate...don't know what I'd ever do without it. Worth EVERY penny.
same as jumping hoops - when i followed a nutritionist advice my skin got so much better - key was to avoid highs and lows with sugar: so protein with every meal, not getting hungry, eat nuts with fruit to avoid sugar spikes etc, no fizzy drinks but yes to lots of water. Also cut right down on caffiene. Dull dull dull but it worked.
I too had terrible skin in my 30s after coming off the pill. Tried all sorts of lotions, potions and skin care regimes. Nothing really worked and it cost me a fortune! Finally mentioned it to doc and she prescribed antibiotics - I took them for a couple of months and skin was totally clear for next few years - only went haywire again in pregnancy. Just got a short course of antibiotics again after stopping breast feeding.
When I get these episodes, I go with a buff puff sponge and dove unscented soap. Manuka Honey has antiseptic / anti-biotic properties, you need to get a certain grade, google it. Hope your skin clears up soon.
Brilliant, thanks for all of these tips! Will work my way systematically through them and see what works! Cutting out sugar is going to be a blardy challenge, but if it means I stop looking like a wrinkly 17 year old, so worth it.
jumpinghoops, don't suppose you know if agnus castus and evening primrose are safe to take when bfing?
I second Origins, modern friction combined with scrub pad things that act as microdermabrasion. its the only thing that has worked for me and I've had acne for years. My skin is now clear, I still have some open pores but they are reducing in size. I'd also use Origins Mega mushroom skin relief and its a fantastic moisturiser. I'd also go to your doctor for some anti bios.
I made a solution up for my DD with tea tree oil, some baby wash and put it in a plastic box with some cheap facecloths out of Poundland. Made her nearly teen skin clear up a treat so I started to use it too - has made a difference but I do have to moisturise well after I wash with it.