Pregnancy can work a number on your skin. Sometimes tried and true products can stop working or even start wreaking havoc. I may not be able to solve your own pregnancy skin woes, but I can at least share what has been working for me!
As you’re well aware by now, I have dry/combo skin with hormonal acne. In the beginning of my pregnancy, my skin didn’t really act up, but ever since week 13ish, my skin has revolted in the form of hormonal acne around my chin, jawline, and mouth. This unfortunately has caused some scarring. I knew I had to figure something out, but my normal go to skincare products were just not working out. The hormonal acne combined with the dry, flaky patches on my nose sent me skincare hunting and researching.
The first thing I decided to buy was the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I’ve heard YouTubers rave about it for the longest, but it had never made its way into my collection. It’s a bit of a cult product, if you will. After my first use, I feel in love. It’s essentially a blend of oils that works to give you radiant, glowing, younger looking skin, which is exactly what it does. I mean not only am I pregnant, but it’s wintertime! That can work a double on your skin, causing dullness and dehydration, but this oil has helped counteract both of those problems.
For blemishes, I debated back and forth between several products. I watched YouTube reviews of products and read blog after blog searching for something I knew would work. I needed something to prevent and treat blemishes that wouldn’t overly dry or irritate my skin. Also, I didn’t want to waste money. I love trying new skincare, but this was not the moment for experimentation. I wanted something to work and work well! For days, I was sure I would bite the bullet and purchase the Sunday Riley UFO Oil; however, I’m really glad I didn’t as I’ve now discovered that salicylic acid is something you should avoid when pregnant. For more info on that topic, check out this blog post by one of my favorite beauty bloggers, A Model Recommends.
After all that debate, I decided on the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo. It’s really affordable, and it has some great reviews. Instead of salicylic acid, this contains benzoyl peroxide, which is said to be safe for use during pregnancy. I’ve only been using it for a couple of weeks, but it hasn’t caused any irritation to my skin, and I find that my blemishes have been greatly reduced. So far, so good. I cleanse my skin, use my toner, then apply this to problematic areas like my chin, jawline, and nose. Next, I take the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate and layer my treatments or serums. This combo has worked very well to help my hormonal acne while keeping my skin plump and hydrated. I do this combo every other night to make sure I’m not overdoing it with the benzoyl peroxide.
On the nights I’m not using my La Roche-Posay and Midnight Recovery, I’m using the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment. I shopped my own stash for this one. I had purchased it previously in a little kit with other Ole Henriksen’s products. I stopped using it for about a month as I tried to discover what might be irritating my skin. Once I realized this was not the culprit, I readily added it back to my skincare routine. As an overnight resurfacer, it’s wonderful! I had been using the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboss Glycolic Night Serum, which turned out to be too potent for my pregnant skin. This is also why I was wary of any other overnight resurfacers. The Ole Henriksen serum has a mix of AHA, glycolic, and citric acids to resurface the skin overnight whereas the Drunk Elephant serum contains AHA and BHA. Whatever the strength difference between the two is, it’s noticeable enough for me. The Ole Henriksen works wonderfully without irritating my skin. I highly recommend it!
When I’m in need of some extra treatment, I like to use a good clay mask. This was also one I shopped from my own collection. It’s super, super affordable, and I purchased it off Amazon. It’s a powder that you can mix together with water or apple cider vinegar to form a paste. I only use this about once a week to once every two weeks because I mix it with the apple cider vinegar, which can be super astringent. That mixture really helps to clear out pores and fully cleanse the skin of impurities. Because it’s so potent, I oftentimes follow it up with a hydrating mask or calming mask just to be sure nothing gets too crazy.
Overall, this combination of skincare products has been helping my hormonal acne stay at bay while producing radiant skin. I’ve definitely got my pregnancy glow going on inside and out now!