The Gluten Bigot: Coping with a Pregnancy Acne (Mostly Gluten Free)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Coping with a Pregnancy Acne (Mostly Gluten Free)

Acne has never been my thing. Ever. I had the odd spot as a teenager, and the exceptionally rare one in adulthood. However, pregnancy has made me as pimply as a teenage boy with bad hygiene. This is traumatic. I work with clients, often in person, with massive spots all over may face. So unacceptable.

That meant my skin care regime (for my normally dry skin) needed an overhaul. The positive thing is several of the products I already had I could keep using as they were treatments I barely used, or were made for all skin types. I've been using the new 'system' for the past two weeks and have noticed a massive improvement. 

For the first cleanse of the day, I am now using Nude Purifying Cleansing Wash. As my skin is actually still somewhat dry, I was a bit nervous of drying it out even more with a new cleanser, however this was is really gentle. I follow up with La Roche Posay Rosaliac UV moisturizer.

Thorough makeup removal. My standard favorites are still in place: Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover and Bioderma Crealine Miscellar Water (which I bought in massive quantities while in Paris - if you live in the US you can order it on Amazon, in Canada you can buy it at Shoppers Drugmart). Then I cleanse with Korres Milk Protein 3-in-1 - which note has wheat derived ingredients BUT I have never had an issue/reaction to it (it is thoroughly wiped off right away and I do not use on my eyes or mouth), and as an alternate Milk Wipes are gluten free. For moisture, I have either been skipping as it is a waterless/hydrating cleanse, or using my La Roche Posay again.

There are two treatments I have been using. Every second or third day I follow with Skoah Glow Tonik which has glycolic acid, a pregnancy friendly anti-blemish treatment. Every Sunday and Thursday I have been using Origins Active Charcoal Mask.

Spot Treatment (Morning & Evening)
I picked up Boscia Clear Complexion Willow Bark Spot Treatment and then realized willow bark extract is actually a salicylic acid. I had read conflicting things about the safety of use during pregnancy, so I have actually held off using it. I checked with my doctor and he said topical salicylic acid and even benzoyl peroxide if fine. I will be using it when I wash my face tonight and will update on if it helps!

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