Women with perfectly round bellies, and long flowing hair frolicking through a field of daisies is one of the images of pregnancy in the media. The opposite would be the angry, puffy ankled women sending their husbands off to the store at two o’clock in the morning for pickles and ice cream. I admit I’m somewhere in the middle of these stereotypes. I’ve been lucky enough to have avoided the dreaded morning sickness, but have found my skin is reacting to these changes and the result is pregnancy acne.
In high school I had the occasional pimple or two. I used whatever popular product was on the market and it cleared up fairly quick. As an adult I consider my skin one of my best assets. I do not tan, and tend to stay out of the sun which has kept my skin pale and speckle-free. I had a unique experience while receiving a breast exam when the doctor stopped and remarked on my skin looking so “young.”
But pregnancy decided to explode with a spattering of acne along my face and neck. Not just one or two that sporadically come and go, but five at a time in a spray from neck up. I figured I would take care of the problem like I had during my teen years. A part of me really wants to be like those flowing hair women in a field of daisies and have the ultimate organic pregnancy, but unfortunately I’m not too good at it.
One thing I have worked on during this pregnancy is forgoing exposure to unnecessary chemicals. I started my acne relief shopping by researching the chemicals in popular acne products. Unfortunately I found that one of the main components in acne products, salicylic acid, can cause pregnancy complications. I may be too cautious when it comes to this, but I started looking elsewhere for acne help.
I finally found my solution at one of my favorite shops, The Body Shop. It’s believed that tea tree oil is safe to use in small quantities on the skin during pregnancy and lucky for me, The Body Shop has a whole line devoted to it as a main ingredient.
I had picked up the Tea Tree Pore Minimizer before the pregnancy to help shrink my pores and found the happy side effect was a shrinking of those pregnancy pimples.
You can also pick up a bottle of Tea Tree Oil for a more concentrated treatment. Use it on pimples big and small (even cystic), bug bites, cuts and scratches – almost any skin ailment. Tea tree oil has become my skin savior and intend to use it throughout my pregnancy and after, in case those little suckers stick around past the delivery.
Readers – What skin-friendly cleansers and products have you been raving about recently? Have any tips for this soon to be Mom?
Lucy loves Lady Gaga, lattes, trashy television and anything zombies. She’s a geeky girl who likes tech gadgets, reading tons of books, playing with gender roles and is constantly surrounded by a small army of cats.