Getting Pregnant - What Can I Do For My Hormonal Acne?

42 posts in this topic

I used clindamycin and finacea while pregnant and they did absolutely nothing to help me. I think with severe hormonal changes topicals just don't do the job. Of course everyone is different so someone with a mild case might have a different experience. I do think the risk of harm with topicals is overstated - my OBGYN said they don't really worry about it. But small amounts do absorb so I wouldn't go crazy and use retin-a or anything with vitamin A in it. Also my hormones did balance out and I became very clear - but not until the third trimester. Everyone is so different. You just don't know what is going to happen until you do it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi MEL

I have been dealing with hormonal acne since I was 17years old. (I'm now 30) and the only time my acne cleared completely and I had not to worry about what I eat or use any special acne medication was during my three pregnancies. (It happened each time) And I stayed clear for a few months after giving birth until my hormones went back to normal ;(

So if I was you I wouldn't stress myself to much because if you are dealing with a hormonal imbalance now there is a good chance that your hormones will balance out during pregnancy.

I know everyones body works different but maybe this will help you not to be so afraid of being pregnant and dealing with acne. I wish you all the best xoxo

PS:Sorry for my English. It's my second language.

Thanks! That actually DOES make me feel a little better. I still think I'll break out, but just the possibility makes me look forward.

It makes me so sad to see that severe acne would prevent anyone from having children. I'm not judging, believe me. It makes me sad because I can see myself possibly making the same decision.

Thanks for your understanding! How are your conception efforts going?

I actually haven't stopped taking the birth control or gone off Estro Sense yet. I'm too nervous. But I spoke to my husband last night. I will go on my last month of birth control and Estro Sense, and then that's it. I told him how scared I was that I'll break out and look like a pizza face. But he was really sweet, and told me that he doesn't care. He said that if I was carrying his baby he would probably even love me more than he does now, and that breakouts surely won't do a thing to change that. And he said if I breakout, he promises to breakout too. Hehe.

So... one more month to go, and I'm diving in!!!

I'm still nervous, but I'll just deal with it. Any parting words?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good luck and keep us posted! My only words of advice are that if you do breakout, try the safe topicals and be gentle! Don't over-dry. That was a big mistake I made.

Hi MEL

I have been dealing with hormonal acne since I was 17years old. (I'm now 30) and the only time my acne cleared completely and I had not to worry about what I eat or use any special acne medication was during my three pregnancies. (It happened each time) And I stayed clear for a few months after giving birth until my hormones went back to normal ;(

So if I was you I wouldn't stress myself to much because if you are dealing with a hormonal imbalance now there is a good chance that your hormones will balance out during pregnancy.

I know everyones body works different but maybe this will help you not to be so afraid of being pregnant and dealing with acne. I wish you all the best xoxo

PS:Sorry for my English. It's my second language.

Thanks! That actually DOES make me feel a little better. I still think I'll break out, but just the possibility makes me look forward.



>

It makes me so sad to see that severe acne would prevent anyone from having children. I'm not judging, believe me. It makes me sad because I can see myself possibly making the same decision.

Thanks for your understanding! How are your conception efforts going?

I actually haven't stopped taking the birth control or gone off Estro Sense yet. I'm too nervous. But I spoke to my husband last night. I will go on my last month of birth control and Estro Sense, and then that's it. I told him how scared I was that I'll break out and look like a pizza face. But he was really sweet, and told me that he doesn't care. He said that if I was carrying his baby he would probably even love me more than he does now, and that breakouts surely won't do a thing to change that. And he said if I breakout, he promises to breakout too. Hehe.

So... one more month to go, and I'm diving in!!!

I'm still nervous, but I'll just deal with it. Any parting words?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've had to come off topical clindamycin since it has upset my stomach for the past few days - I don't want to risk any serious complications that clindamycin-induced diarrhea could have so that's it. I'm possibly meeting a derm later to discuss treatment options when pregnant, but I'd be up for any suggestions for safe topicals. Dalacin worked wonderfully and now my skin is in good shape, but I'm sure my inflamed pustular acne will return in some form or another. I'm considering sulfur-based products for spot treating, and possibly BP. Basically any spot treatment that would work even half as well as Dalacin and be safe during pregnancy would be wonderful.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I heard from endocrinologists that if you have a hormonal imbalance, esp. PCOS, before pregnancy, then your body might be able to regulate itself during pregnancy. My aunt had really bad adult acne before she started having kids, and after her first pregnancy her acne was gone for good. It didn't even come back after each pregnancy. So there is hope.

But if you haven't quit EstroSense yet, I recommend weaning off it instead of abruptly quitting it because your estrogen levels will inevitably rise during pregnancy, and you obviously had issues with high estrogen if this treatment worked for you. So I suggest weaning off it slowly to help your body adjust to the transition.

Prenatal vitamins might also help, depending on how well you tolerate folic acid (folate is much better imo).


Current regimen: garlic supplements [as needed], Enzymedica gluten blocker [as needed], nicadan [not sure if it works yet]. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials...

 

Grocery list:

 

** Find the cause, find the cure **

** If you have a question for me, please ask it publicly so that others can benefit from the discussion**

 

 


Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fascinating subject - I just posted on another thread, without realizing this was an active discussion.

Besides Keflex (cephalexin) and erythromycin, which can be prescribed as oral antibiotics in pregnancy, has anyone heard of other oral medications that can be helpful?

The idea of topical spiro seems appealing, I wonder if it's actually effective...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just an update...

I'm not pregnant yet. Well...let mr clarify... I WAS pregnant for about 5-6 weeks, and had a miscarriage. It's been a bit of a roller coaster,a nd you can imagine my hormones! But...my acne has been manageable. How, you ask? Well I've been using a new soap!!! I think it's awesome!

It's called the Acne Battle Bar from Apple Valley. Apple Valley is a family-run company, and only delivers to the USA. Since I'm from Canada, i asked my cousin from NJ to order it for me and bring it with her when she came last month. It's a little pricey at $7 per bar, but the bar is huge and can last pretty long so long as you keep it dry.

Try it, ladies!i highly recommend it!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just an update...

I'm not pregnant yet. Well...let mr clarify... I WAS pregnant for about 5-6 weeks, and had a miscarriage. It's been a bit of a roller coaster,a nd you can imagine my hormones! But...my acne has been manageable. How, you ask? Well I've been using a new soap!!! I think it's awesome!

It's called the Acne Battle Bar from Apple Valley. Apple Valley is a family-run company, and only delivers to the USA. Since I'm from Canada, i asked my cousin from NJ to order it for me and bring it with her when she came last month. It's a little pricey at $7 per bar, but the bar is huge and can last pretty long so long as you keep it dry.

Try it, ladies!i highly recommend it!

Thanks for the update. Good luck with getting pregnant — I hope it works out for you soon! (: I'm glad to hear that you are managing clear skin even after stopping Estrosense. I stopped DIM (pretty much the same thing) about 4 months ago and it's been surprisingly good here too.

I looked into that soap and the main active ingredient appears to be neem oil, which is antibacterial. Neem oil is an Ayurvedic remedy for acne and some other conditions but it can affect fertility. I'm not sure that using it topically would be enough to cause problems, but you might want to consider it if you are having any trouble. You can read more about its effects on fertility on the wiki page.


living life as happy and natural as I can! ♡ ☮ ❀ ॐ ☼

>>--> .. >>--> .. >>-->

[clear]: fish oil, multi vitamins & minerals + extra d3, b-complex, l-cysteine, natural progesterone cream


Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just an update...

I'm not pregnant yet. Well...let mr clarify... I WAS pregnant for about 5-6 weeks, and had a miscarriage. It's been a bit of a roller coaster,a nd you can imagine my hormones! But...my acne has been manageable. How, you ask? Well I've been using a new soap!!! I think it's awesome!

It's called the Acne Battle Bar from Apple Valley. Apple Valley is a family-run company, and only delivers to the USA. Since I'm from Canada, i asked my cousin from NJ to order it for me and bring it with her when she came last month. It's a little pricey at $7 per bar, but the bar is huge and can last pretty long so long as you keep it dry.

Try it, ladies!i highly recommend it!

Thanks for the update. Good luck with getting pregnant — I hope it works out for you soon! (: I'm glad to hear that you are managing clear skin even after stopping Estrosense. I stopped DIM (pretty much the same thing) about 4 months ago and it's been surprisingly good here too.

I looked into that soap and the main active ingredient appears to be neem oil, which is antibacterial. Neem oil is an Ayurvedic remedy for acne and some other conditions but it can affect fertility. I'm not sure that using it topically would be enough to cause problems, but you might want to consider it if you are having any trouble. You can read more about its effects on fertility on the wiki page.

Thank you for telling me, hearts. I had no idea. I read up on it. Im not quite sure what to think at this point though. From what I've read, neem is either ingested or held in the "v area" to prevent pregnancy. Nothing suggests using it topically will affect fertility. However it is worth looking in to.

I do know of one woman who has used the Acne Battle Bar during her pregnancies, and everything went fine and her children are healthy. I have contacted the company, and hopefully they'll get back to me soon. As i mentioned it is a family-run company, and I think they are very religious. I think they'd want to know if their product is dangerous for pregnant women. There are other products that they sell which they do not suggest for pregnant women, so they'd tell me if they knew it wasn't good.

Again, I'll keep you posted.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you for telling me, hearts. I had no idea. I read up on it. Im not quite sure what to think at this point though. From what I've read, neem is either ingested or held in the "v area" to prevent pregnancy. Nothing suggests using it topically will affect fertility. However it is worth looking in to.

I do know of one woman who has used the Acne Battle Bar during her pregnancies, and everything went fine and her children are healthy. I have contacted the company, and hopefully they'll get back to me soon. As i mentioned it is a family-run company, and I think they are very religious. I think they'd want to know if their product is dangerous for pregnant women. There are other products that they sell which they do not suggest for pregnant women, so they'd tell me if they knew it wasn't good.

Again, I'll keep you posted.

Yeah, like I said, using it topically could be totally fine. I wanted to mention it just in case, though! (:


living life as happy and natural as I can! ♡ ☮ ❀ ॐ ☼

>>--> .. >>--> .. >>-->

[clear]: fish oil, multi vitamins & minerals + extra d3, b-complex, l-cysteine, natural progesterone cream


Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So here is their response:

"Thank you for your inquiry! You do not need to worry about the neem oil. You'd need to be using it raw and in direct contact with the areas used to conceive. :) It isn't actually USED to prevent pregnancy (that I am aware), but there is a concern that because it is a natural insecticide, it could negatively impact sperm, so there are cautions about that "out there." But having that ingredient in a soap that you use on your face will not cause any kind of issue for you. That said, there are many other factors that CAN create issues conceiving - or carrying a baby to term, so if you feel uncomfortable about it - you may want to refrain for peace of mind. Just as an FYI - I was using it during the conceptions of two of our children - and had healthy pregnancies too. I hope that helps alleviate your concern - and blessings to you as you seek to conceive a baby! Woo hoo! :)"

Update on me:

I found out that your hormones go CRAZY after a miscarriage. Because of this, I've been breaking out ... but certainly not as bad as I'd expect. I have a bunch of tiny pimples along my jawline and my skin in that area is very dry right now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So here is their response:

"Thank you for your inquiry! You do not need to worry about the neem oil. You'd need to be using it raw and in direct contact with the areas used to conceive. It isn't actually USED to prevent pregnancy (that I am aware), but there is a concern that because it is a natural insecticide, it could negatively impact sperm, so there are cautions about that "out there." But having that ingredient in a soap that you use on your face will not cause any kind of issue for you. That said, there are many other factors that CAN create issues conceiving - or carrying a baby to term, so if you feel uncomfortable about it - you may want to refrain for peace of mind. Just as an FYI - I was using it during the conceptions of two of our children - and had healthy pregnancies too. I hope that helps alleviate your concern - and blessings to you as you seek to conceive a baby! Woo hoo! :)"

Update on me:

I found out that your hormones go CRAZY after a miscarriage. Because of this, I've been breaking out ... but certainly not as bad as I'd expect. I have a bunch of tiny pimples along my jawline and my skin in that area is very dry right now.

What a nice response! (: I'm glad that she answered, and thank you for posting it here for the rest of us! I'm sorry to hear that your hormones are upset from the miscarriage... hopefully they level out soon and your skin clears up!


living life as happy and natural as I can! ♡ ☮ ❀ ॐ ☼

>>--> .. >>--> .. >>-->

[clear]: fish oil, multi vitamins & minerals + extra d3, b-complex, l-cysteine, natural progesterone cream


Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey,

I'm not sure if you're still on this forum and I know this is off topic, but I'm thinking of starting Estrosmart, which is almost exactly like Estrosense. I was wondering if you would mind sharing your experience with this supplement with me? How long did it take to work? Did you get an initial breakout? What type of acne you had (cystic or non-inflamed)?

Thank you!

Bren

I'm in that stage in my life right now where I'm thinking about starting a family. It's exciting, but in terms of acne it's terrifying.

I have hormonal acne. It's been a crazy roller coaster ride. After trying many different types of birth control, natural remedies, etc.... I've settled with a great remedy called EstroSense which helps balance my hormones. Amazing actually, and just recently discovered. So now with this new decision to have a baby, I have to stop taking this magic cure.

What have you other experienced ladies been doing for your hormonal acne while pregnant? Is there any hope that pregnancy will be kind to me??? Hehehe. Probably not!


Please quote me so I know to reply.


Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey all!

I'm a little more than halfway through my pregnancy. I do have breakouts. In fact I'm having one now. It's mostly on my chin and neck area. I've also broken out in my chest and a little on my belly area which I attribute to my attempts to prevent stretch marks. People have raved about Bio Oil and Palmers. But my skin didn't like it too much.

But I have to tell you that I don't care as much as I thought I would. At first I didn't care because I was so sick from all day "morning" sickness. That was killer. People would say I was glowing, but it was just my flushed "I feel sick" look. I guess the glow overpowered my acne. But during that time, I never had any cystic acne - just small ones.

Now in my second trimester I'm getting cystic acne. But like I said, I don't really care all that much. I am, however, going to try coconut oil to wash my face. I know I recommended the Apple Valley Acne Battle Bar before but it was too drying for the fall and winter. I want to try this now instead and see how it goes. It's much cheaper too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Mel,

So what updates you have now? Have you stopped the BCP and was able to conceive a baby right after going off of the BCP? How was the breakout?

Hope to hear from you.

I am also on Diane35 now, battling with hormonal acne. but i want to get off of it since i want to get pregnant soon, but i am scared of the breakout. Im scared and embarassed.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had clear skin before I got pregnant(except when my period was approaching i got a couple bumps) but for the most part clear skin and than I got pregnant now I have a total pizza face!!! Maybe if you have bad acne before you get pregnant it'll have the opposite effect when you do get pregnant. What kind of birth control is a good one to take to control acne for after I give birth?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a New Account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now