First and foremost, I have been VERY blessed with what I consider an easy pregnancy. I know there are so many health issues that can arise during these 9 months, so this post is not meant to complain about a superficial inconvenience. I have gotten many messages/DMs regarding hormonal breakouts during pregnancy and safe skincare solutions, so I wanted to devote an entire post to it. That being said I am definitely counting my blessings and hope this post can help alleviate a little bit of pregnancy strife for those looking for options!
I touched lightly on this topic of hormonal breakouts in this pregnancy skin myths and truths post. But, I really wanted to do a deep dive and share a little bit more about what I’ve learned about safe skincare during the past few months. Like I mentioned before, my skincare included a lot of ingredients that are considered not safe for pregnancy like retinol and salicylic acid. I’ve since had to overhaul my skincare products, and I’m sharing every single product swap that I’ve been using in today’s full post!
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For the first time ever, I started experiencing hormonal breakouts along the sides of my cheeks and forehead. (Beginning about halfway through my second trimester.) I’ve always had a few spots pop up here or there along my chin, but nothing quite like this. They were red and clustered – a lot like you might see in a Proactiv commercial… And nothing I used seemed to prevent or treat them. And honestly, I wasn’t very prepared because for the first half of pregnancy, my skin was completely normal – I thought I was in the clear!
I did a deep dive into skincare restrictions only to find that there aren’t really many options for treating acne while your pregnant outside of natural products either. In terms of services, you can only get light facials, or light dermaplaning. No light therapy, no peels, no microdermabrasion treatments are deemed safe. In fact, some of these things can cause hyper pigmentation and acne scarring! OH and don’t forget – you also need to check your lash and brow serums for their safety too. A lot of these ingredients have not been tested and there’s no information available on their long-term effects on a baby!
So it seems like all is lost right? Not quite! One of the biggest game changers for me has been the Eminence skincare line. This brand was suggested to me by way of IG direct messages. Before trying this line, I actually tried a few other brands that had little or no effect on my breakouts. I decided to try some of the Eminence products from their acne-specific collection. Keep in mind everyone’s skin is different and will react differently, but these have REALLY helped me.
FYI, Eminence is a spa brand that usually needs to be purchased at a spa location, but they are available through third parties on Amazon, so I’ve included them all in my Amazon Storefront so that you can easily find them online:
The reviews of this product speak for themselves! This gentle cleanser uses tea tree oil as a main active ingredient to help reduce oil. I use this every night before bed after I remove my makeup and in the morning. (I use this product first to remove makeup, see below for more info on it.)
This calms inflamed skin – especially if you have red bumps. I use this twice a day on the red patches along my cheeks and hair line after washing my face.
When I feel like I need a little exfoliation, I’ll add a few drops of water to this powder in my hand. I’ll massage into my problem areas and then let it sit for a few minutes before washing off with the Probiotic Cleanser.
Hands down, my holy grail product for hormonal breakouts during pregnancy. I’ve shared this on IG Stories, but I will apply this masque at night (highly recommend after the Fizzofoliant). Instead of washing off like a normal masque, I sleep in it. By the time I wake up, the redness and inflammation of my breakouts has noticeably improved.
Other skincare products that I’ve incorporated during pregnancy:
I included this cleansing balm in a skincare blog post from December, and y’all, I’m obsessed with this product. I don’t think I can ever remove my makeup with anything else! It makes it so quick and easy to melt away all the makeup and dirt off your face with a few gentle swipes.
This was also included in the same blog post as above. I use it mid-day when I work from home and any time my face is feeling oily. The green tea helps suck up excess oil.
I keep cleansing wipes on hand and use them morning and night in place of a wash cloth! I love trying different ones, and the Philosophy cloths are ones I always recommend trying.
In lieu of most chemical lash serums, I discovered this brand is all-natural. I’d still advise asking your physician before using, but it is a great natural alternative that doesn’t test on animals.
It’s been a month since I’ve incorporated the Clarins pore control serum from my pregnancy skin myths and truths blog post! Just wanted to give you a quick update now that I’ve used it for a consistent period of time. I find this serum especially good to use before applying makeup because it really tightens the pores for smoother foundation and longer wear before your face gets shiny! My skin is noticeably less oily in the T-zone throughout the day even with a layer of makeup on.
While my skin isn’t 100% back to where it was pre-pregnancy, it’s definitely improved. I can see a huge difference from when the first photo in this blog post was taken and today. And although it has been a frustrating process, I am glad that it forced me out of my comfort zone to try these new products. AND if you’re going through hormonal pregnancy breakouts, remember they are only temporary. The best plan is finding products that will keep your breakouts under control so you can focus on your little one!
Would love to hear your thoughts on the above skincare solutions or any natural product recommendations if there are any that worked for you during pregnancy!