All my life I’ve been blessed with pretty clear skin, but during pregnancy, that hasn’t really been the case. I know it definitely could be worse, but so far I have struggled with pregnancy acne–especially during the first trimester–during all of my successful pregnancies. Even though during my second trimester, l still had some issues. Thankfully I found a few things that seem to work for me. I’m the furthest thing from an expert in this area, but I wanted to share in case anyone out there is struggling, too!
￼A friend of mine told me about Belli Skincare and knowing what my pregnancy acne was like with my Third baby. Once I found out I was pregnant, I immediately bought it. (I checked Amazon. It was literally 2 days after I found out I was pregnant.) I had never heard of the skincare line before, but after reading that it was specifically designed for pregnancy, I immediately wanted to try it. After using two of their products, I’m definitely interested in checking out some others.
If there’s any adjective that could describe me–and most women–during pregnancy it would be tired, and believe me, there are plenty of nights when I just don’t feel like washing my face before going to bed. I know this is so bad for your skin, so I really try to make myself wash my face before bed each evening.
I have no idea why I do this, but for the past several weeks I have been alternating between Belli Facial Wash and Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap in Lavender. I honestly have no reason for alternating; it’s just what I’ve been doing. I really like both, but I like switching it up, too. Dr. Bronner’s soaps can be used for everything (seriously everything) but I don’t really know if they are meant to be used as facial soaps. While it’s a little drying, I haven’t had any issues and it does make my face feel really clean! I really like the lavender scent in the evening.
After cleansing, I always use Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel toner. This stuff is amazing. I adore the scent and it feel so nice on my skin.
As for a spot treatment, for the most part, I’ve been using Belli Spot Treatment. While I do like it and its effects, it does have a very strong sulfur scent, so beware. There were definitely times when the scent bothered me and I just couldn’t stand to put it on. I also would advise you to only put the spot treatment on at night. I put it on in the morning once and I swore that I kept getting whiffs of sulfur all day. FYI: If you’d like to try both the facial wash and spot treatment, there is a duo package that will save you quite a bit of money.
When I can’t stand to put the spot treatment on, I dab a drop of lavender oil on any acne or dark spots. While there is controversy about whether or not it is safe to use essential oils during pregnancy, I did ask my OBGYN, and she gave me the okay. Let me tell you, I have absolutely loved using this on my face. The scent is just heavenly and it is the perfect scent to smell while getting ready for bed. While some essential oils are not meant to be used directly on the skin, I have read many times over that lavender oil is safe to use undiluted on the skin. However, I am not a doctor even though i have some sort of medical expertise, But also by all means do your own research if you’re worried about it.
Finally, I always make sure to thoroughly moisturize my skin, and while I did recently make my own olive oil night cream, I’ve had a lot of luck with St. Ives Timeless Skin Moisturizer. First of all, this stuff is cheap and the tub lasts forever. Not only that, but it gets the job done. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy, and it feels nice and smooth on the skin.
I use this same moisturizer in the morning, and lately I’ve been adding a drop of the lavender oil to my lotion before rubbing it in.
Now I won’t claim that any of these products will work miracles for you, but I can finally say that I felt rather comfortable while dealing with my pregnancy induced acne, and that’s definitely something a girl should feel good about!
Pregnant or not, what are some of your favorite skincare products?