It seems like all the good stuff is off-limits when pregnant. Water slides, wine, sushi, deli meat, rollercoasters, and freakin EVERY SKIN CARE PRODUCT UNDER THE SUN!
Not being able to use any kind of retinoid during pregnancy just wreaks absolute havoc on my hormonal acne-prone face.
Now, it goes without saying that it's a small sacrifice to pay. It is all worth it in the end, and I would do it a million times over if it means having my babies, BUT I don't have to sit there and enjoy the live version of connect the dots on my face!
I am currently on my 5th pregnancy, and the only pregnancy glow I get is from the oil and sweat secreting from my pores 24/7. BUT, I think I have found a routine that actually works and is safe to use while pregnant. (Of course, please double check with your doctor though.)
See, I use to spend $15 here on this skin care product and $25 there on that one. Individually, nothing was ever too expensive, but I soon realized these inexpensive items really added up every month. On top of that, they never seemed to work well.
Then one day I said, "Screw it! Clearly, buying every raved about product under the sun has done absolutely nothing, so why don't I just stop?" And I did.
So I did a little research on face wash and moisturizers. Given most acne medicines are deemed unsafe during pregnancy, I didn't even bother with it. I also learned that many topical creams could cause more breakouts as they dry out the skin. If you dig deeper, you will find that the best thing you can do for your acne is to keep your skin hydrated rather than dry it out.
So instead of spending $15 here and $20 there etc. I decided to take that money and invest in two quality moisturizers, one for morning and one for night. Not going to lie, there was definitely some sticker shock with these products, but once I started using them, I saw such a difference in my skin and was immediately grateful I took the plunge and got the products. I ended up spending the same as I did back when I bought more affordable products since the quantity is much less now.
My last four pregnancies resulted in acne like I had never experienced before. Not only was it all over my cheeks and chin, but it went down my neck and behind my ears. While that has a lot more to do with hormones rather than having a good skin care routine, I can't help but wonder if this new skin routine has helped given I am barely breaking out this pregnancy.
Also, it's important to note that I changed to this skincare routine when I was postpartum and breastfeeding with my fourth. I saw a change in my skin then and continued to see it when I got pregnant again with my fifth. So this skincare routine is based on my experience during postpartum, breastfeeding, and being pregnant.
Below are the products I use and my routine, but please check with your docotr to make sure they are right for you during your pregnancy.
And that's it! It is quick, doesn't require a lot of products, and has made a world of difference to my skin!
When I am not pregnant, I add a retinal to my routine. I have been using this $12 cream since I was in junior high, and it's the only reason my acne was under control during puberty. Back when I used it, you could only get it by prescription, and it was a little pricey. Now it's available over the counter for under $20!! I swear by it when not pregnant! And if you know me, you know it's a product I haven't been able to use in a while, because I am always pregnant! Lol!
These four items are what I use on daily basis but if you really want to up your hair care game, I highly suggest you check out my blog post on postpartum hair care products. These products made such a difference in my postpartum hair loss and I have continued to use them throughout pregnancy. Below are the items I use every day.