4 Products Only Skin-Care Routine to keep Acne under Control
If you are pregnant you are definitely in search for ways to keep your acne under control without using possibly harmful medication.
If you are not pregnant you are for sure interested in finding a skin care routine that is simple and efficient. Skip to step number 2! 🙂
Based on a dermatologist’s own experience
Keeping Acne under control during Pregnancy
Acne occurs very frequently among pregnant women. You can get acne breakouts even if you have never experienced it before, especially in the first trimester. It is a totally physiological process explained simply by the fact that your hormone levels are sky-high and so your body will produce more oil. You shouldn’t worry too much about it. Rest assured, it will dissappear once you give birth.
Of course it is totally understandable that you would like to keep your face looking beautiful during those pregnancy months, and even though you’ve probably heard that you should avoid many types of medication, there are a number of solutions to keep your acne under control.
1. What to stay away from
The first step of your acne fighting plan should be to make sure you are aware of the medications you should avoid, so you don’t end up applying the friendly advice of a cousin or a neighbor that tell you what really worked for them.
Say NO to: isotretinoin, tetracycline, doxycycline, and minocycline – these can cause serious birth defects.
Topical antibiotics such as erythromycin or clindamycin are generally considered safe to use, but it is advisable that you check with your doctor first.
2. Limit the number of products!
This step applies even if you’re not pregnant, even if you’re a woman or a man.
Do not try to substitute acne medication with lots and lots of over the counter products. They won’t do you much good and they can even accentuate your breakouts. Acne products can be harsh on your skin (since their main action is to limit the sebum production which results in a drying effect) and using too many different types of lotions (some of which might not be suitable for your skin type) may clog your pores. So you enter a vicious cycle. This not only applies for acne products, but also for all other types of masks, toning lotions, scrubs, heavy moisturizers, etc.
Keep it simple and save time and money by only using the essential products:
- Wash your face with a special acne soap or cleansing gel – this should be gentle enough not to irritate your skin, but especially formulated for oily-prone skin. (I use Sebium Gel Moussant from Bioderma – I find it the best from all the other products I tried and it really does a great job at removing makeup in the evening too).
- Don’t rub your skin when you’re washing and gently pat it with a clean towel (that you change frequently).
- Apply a light oil-free moisturizer
- Use an active cream on the ares affected by acne. If you choose a hydrating formula you can skip the moisturizer all together, or only use in the ares where you don’t have breakouts and around your eyes. (I use Sebium Global from Bioderma which is also an excellent makeup base).
- If you will be out in the sun make sure you apply a sunscreen – it is really important to choose one especially formulated for acne-prone skin, since all other types will most likely cause a breakout. It should also have both UVA and UVB filters. What works best for me is Lysalpha SPF 50 Cream from SVR Laboratoires.
- If you wear makeup you are free to follow your usual routine – just make sure you pick products that are labeled non-comedogenic.
- Remove your makeup – if you had a light makeup or didn’t wear it all, you can use the cleansing gel directly. Otherwise make sure you use a makeup remover first. It is really important to remove all traces of makeup! Any particles left behind will sit on your pores during the entire night, clog your pores and cause a breakout,
- Wash your face with the same soap or gel you used in the morning. No need for different types of cleansers, since they basically do the same job!
- Use an active cream for your problem areas. I like to alternate the products I use in the evening vs morning, so at night I usually apply Effaclar Duo [+] corrective unclogging care anti-imperfections, anti-marks (La Roche Posay) – as its name implies it also works for acne marks and it has a great fresh texture that absorbs quickly and is also hydrating.
- Moisturize – again you can use the same light moisturizer. Night creams generally have a heavier formula and may cause breakouts. I only use a contour cream for the area around my eyes since Effaclar provides a good enough level of hydration for the night. Plus I usually do this right before I go to bed, and I hate putting an oily sticky face on the pillow 🙂
In a future post we will talk about natural home remedies that you can try. Stay tuned!