Unfortunately, your body isn’t the only thing to change during pregnancy. Because of hormonal changes, your typical skin routine may need to be altered. If your one of the many pregnant women to experience a change in complexion and notice a variety of unfamiliar skin issues start to arise, know that you are not alone. One of the most common occurrences that expecting mothers fall victim to is acne. And while you may have had a go-to method for combating flare-ups and unexpected pimples before you became pregnant, it’s likely that the treatment you were using contains ingredients that could be harmful to you and your baby. But fear not, although there is a list of chemicals to avoid during pregnancy (Accutane, retinoids, and more), many companies have created products to fight acne breakouts that are also safe for pregnant women to use. To help you find the best spot treatments, face masks, toners, and other skincare products that are pregnancy-safe and acne-clearing, we've used our data-driven algorithm factoring in best-selling buzz, editorial selections, and real user reviews to create a vetted list of the Top 10 acne products and treatments. Scroll down now to check out the 10 products pregnant women reach for to clear their skin and battle the fight against hormonal acne. Just keep in mind, although these products are natural and are devoid of harmful chemicals, be sure to consult with your doctor or OB/GYN before purchasing. Opening image: amazon.com
July 24, 2019
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Tata Harper Clarifying Spot Solution
ABOUT THE BRAND: A pioneer in natural luxury skincare, Tata Harper started a brand dedicated to making 100% natural products while keeping her standards of efficacy, quality, and purity.
WHAT IT DOES: Spot treats blemishes while nourishing and without irritating or drying your skin.
Caudalie Instant Detox Mask
LOVED FOR: Gentle enough for daily use, this revitalizing face mask is a great stress reliever or addition to your self-care routine.
USERS SAID: "There’s nothing out there like this mask. I have been hooked on Caudalie products since I went to France. This mask is fabulous! It tightens your skin, cleans out your pores, and lasts a long while!"
Eminence Organic Skin Care Eight Greens Phyto Masque
BEST FOR: This mask does it all—it improves elasticity, hydrates, normalizes oily skin, and prevents the appearance of breakouts.
USERS SAID: "This is magic for aging, acne-prone skin. It somehow cleans all the gunk out of my pores without drying my skin out at all. Beware: your skin will be red for about two hours (from the heat), but this is normal. I have very sensitive skin and was afraid it might irritate but this has not been an issue at all."
Ren Clean Skincare Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic
WHAT IT DOES: Lactic Acid and Willow Bark extract (a natural BHA) work together to smooth, tone, and reduce pore size by stimulating the skin to naturally exfoliate. Azelaic Acid precursor brightens and evens out skin tone for a naturally radiant glow.
LOVED FOR: This effective, skin-resurfacing toner will exfoliate and brighten your complexion, while being gentle enough to use daily.
boscia Clear Complexion Willow Bark Spot Treatment
USERS SAID: "I have used Boscia's skincare line for over four years in my attempt to use more natural products on my hair and skin. I have skin that is very sensitive to fragrances and artificial ingredients, and I have never had any issues using Boscia products. Even though their skincare system is very effective, an inevitable blemish or two will pop up. All I need to do is use this breakout treatment at night before I go to bed and it will have significantly decreased the size and redness of the blemish by morning."
BEST FOR: A highly-effective spot treatment that treats and provides relief to pesky blemishes, without irritation
Briogeo B.Well Organic + Australian 100% Tea Tree Oil
FUN FACT: This oil is made to combat breakouts and soothe dry, irritated skin, but it can also double as a highly-effective overnight scalp treatment.
HELPFUL TIP: Always dilute this with water or a carrier oil (like coconut oil) before applying directly to areas of concern while using a sterile cotton swab.
Burt's Bees Herbal Complexion Stick
USERS SAID: "This is a staple in our house. Not only does it work well for blemishes, it attacks bug bites, ant bites, etc. I get the cystic (under the skin) blemishes, and as soon as I feel one coming, I apply this and it never surfaces; if it does, it is gone with two days."
LOVED FOR: Its effectiveness, natural ingredients, and affordability
Juice Beauty Green Apple Pregnancy Peel Exfoliating Mask
LOVED FOR: The green apple peel mask contains no vitamin A so this is the Juice Beauty peel of choice for nursing mothers, pregnant women, or women trying to get pregnant.
WHAT IT DOES: Delivers spa-grade exfoliation to visibly correct the appearance of dark spots and discoloration, zap blemishes, and reveal a visibly brighter complexion
Belli Beauty Acne Control Spot Treatment
ABOUT THE BRAND: Belli Skincare offers pregnant-safe skin care and only uses the safest and highest quality ingredients and is OB/GYN and dermatologist recommended. They follow a unique safety screening process to avoid ingredients with known links to birth defects, miscarriages, and harmful effects while breastfeeding.
USERS SAID: "I've always had problematic skin but once I got pregnant it got bad enough that I just didn't want to leave my house anymore. This product has done something that no other product has done for me before. Actually work! I'm literally only a week into using this, and I'm already seeing a huge difference. Enough so that I was able to go out today without any make up on! If you're struggling with acne, trust me when I say this is 110% worth the money. You won't be disappointed."
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