If your skin is suddenly acting out in frustrating ways, don’t stress: We’ve got solutions to get you in the clear.
1. The Problem: You've Got Painful Red Pimples on Your Face
Inflammatory acne often develops for the first time—or in a worsened form—during pregnancy, says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. The process of your body producing increased levels of hormones also stimulates your oil glands. And the combination of excess oil, sweat, dirt, and makeup creates a breeding ground for breakouts.
The Fix: Use products that contain salicylic acid. In over-the-counter form, this ingredient is generally considered safe when you’re pregnant or nursing. Its natural exfoliating ability will unclog pores without causing further irritation. We recommend CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser. For added relief, dab on a product like Acure Acne Spot Treatment twice a day.
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2. The Problem: Blemishes Are Popping Up on Your Shoulders
Body acne is a common pregnancy condition, especially in the summer, says Whitney Bowe, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. The extra weight you’re carrying coupled with the season’s heat and humidity can cause you to sweat more. Then when that sweat and oil rub against your skin, the result is a buildup of acne-causing bacteria in your pores.
The Fix: Change out of sweaty clothes ASAP. And if there’s no time to shower, use a product like EO Certified Organic Deodorant Wipes all over.
3. The Problem: You’re Not Glowing, You’re a Shiny Mess
When pregnancy hormones send your oil glands into overdrive, the result is extra sebum that presents itself as shine on your skin.
The Fix: Start with a product like Promise Organic Nourishing Coconut Milk Daily Facial Scrub, which contains organic sugar and finely milled walnut shells to whisk away oil without overdrying. Next, apply a sunscreen designed for oily skin, such as Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30. For added insurance against shine, apply a mattifying serum that also acts as a makeup primer on top. One to try: Enlite Super Face When It Rains, It Pores Pore Refining Facial Serum.
4. The Problem: You've Got Chin Acne
Hormones are also to blame for the zits on your jawline, says Dendy Engelman, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City.
5. The Problem: Under-Eye Bags
It can be hard to sleep soundly with an ever-growing bump.
The Fix: Reduce puffiness and constrict blood vessels in the morning with H2O+ Beauty Oasis Water-Infused Hydrating Gel Eye Mask. It cools on contact. You can even try sticking it in the fridge for extra cooling! To leave dark circles behind for the rest of the day, use a brightening concealer such as Julep Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector.
6. The Problem: The Mask of Pregnancy
Also known as melasma, this hormone-triggered condition causes dark spots to appear, including on the face.
The Fix: Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) exfoliate to lift these uneven patches. Try the Meaningful Beauty Glycolic Treatment Pads. Conceal with CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation.