From about the fourth week of my pregnancy I suffered from pregnancy acne. And that sort of thing has a way of making you feel terribly unattractive!
I have an awesome job, which I love, and I am so lucky to have. I get to do amazing things, like in the summer I work on International Cricket coverage for Sky Television, which means having your face on the telly, having your pregnancy acne face on the tele!!! And when you’re feeling like I was, it was hard work! Thank heavens for make up is all I’ll say.
I really had to make some changes. And it couldn’t be with my water intake because it tasted metallic and I couldn’t change what I was eating cause all I could keep down was toast and hot chips.
Are we having fun yet?!
So I thought I’d try changing up my skin care routine. I have quite sensitive skin so I have to be careful with what I try. Dermalogica was recommended to me through a friend who has the same type of skin as me, and I’m still using it today.
Since discovering them I now use about 5 of their products in my everyday skin care routine (I will share skin care routine in another blog!)
I asked the team at Dermalogica if I could chat to someone who knows more than me when it comes to skin and hormonal pregnancy skin in particular.
I did find it easier to deal with and accept the changes I faced (literally!) once I understood more about what what was going on and realised it was all normal. And it is normal.
I hope it helps you guys too…
So this is Caroline Parker, she is the Head of Education for Dermalogica New Zealand and has been in this role for 18 years. So, she knows her stuff!
How common is acne during pregnancy?
Acne and breakouts are relatively common during pregnancy, some women find their skin looks great during pregnancy but for others , especially those who are prone to acne, they can experience breakout activity throughout their pregnancy.
Great! So I’m not the only one. Although today I discovered my eyelashes are falling out..please, please tell me that is happening to other pregnant Ladies???
So if we are lucky enough to be suffering from pregnancy acne, what are the best ways to treat it?
It’s always good to get some professional advice as there are some ingredients used in skin care that are not recommended during pregnancy, but generally focus on reducing congestion (I.e. blackheads and blockages in your skin), as these are precursors to breakouts, the first step in addressing this is to have a good double cleansing routine preferably with the first cleanse being a cleansing oil (Dermalogica’s PreCleanse is a great example of this). A gentle exfoliant such as Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant is also important in reducing congestion. Also have products such as serums that will help reduce the inflammation of a breakout and speed up the skin healing time. Dermalogica’s Overnight Clearing Gel is great for this.
I used and still use the Overnight Clearing gel – I love it. it’s a great way to target the trouble area.
I find the PreCleanse actually really helpful when removing make up as well, although don’t get it in your eyes, it can make things a little foggy for a while. I want to tell you that’s only happened once before but I’d be lying.
I noticed change in my skin right away, so how is pregnancy skin different to everyday skin?
There is more hormonal influence on our skin during pregnancy, especially oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones can trigger breakouts but can also increase the risk of hyperpigmentation which can cause chloasma I.e. the butterfly pattern of pigmentation across the upper cheeks which is sometimes referred to as the “masque of pregnancy”. It’s critical to wear a minimum SPF30 every day to reduce the risk of chloasma. We also have more blood circulating in our body during pregnancy, this can make our skin feel warm and be more prone to redness and dilated capillaries.
It was actually my New Years resolution to wear a little sunscreen everyday anyway, I feel like it’s a good habit to be getting into just to protect our skin from the sun and premature ageing.
What can we be doing to help ourselves when it comes to skin during this time?
Definitely use a minimum SPF30 each day, have a good basic, daily routine of cleansing, exfoliating and protecting/hydrating your skin. Have a relationship with a Skin Therapist who you can ask questions and who will give you some guidance on a personalized level with your skin. Finally be kind to yourself, there is enough hormonal influence on your skin already without bringing in stress hormones which also trigger breakouts.
I definitely could be kinder to myself. I think as women we could all be a little kinder to ourselves.
When your skin gets worse should you change up your skin care regimen?
No it’s better to get some professional advice and maybe incorporate a couple of problem solving products rather than completely changing your regimen.
When your skin/ hormones are going through such big changes is it best to keep skincare simple?
I don’t think during pregnancy is the best time to be introducing a lot of new products and ramping up your regimen, so stick to your basics but also get advice about any active serums etc that you have been using to make sure they are still recommended during pregnancy.
A big thanks to Caroline for sharing all her expertise!
I hope some of this info helps those of you, who like me, suffered from pregnancy acne. Its can be bloody awful! If you have more questions let me know and I will try to get them answered for you.
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Can’t wait to read the entries.