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  1. It did for me- a LOT LOT worse...I got pregnant with my first baby (still am- just about!) 8 months ago. I used to have clear skin till 4 years ago, developed maintainence-level acne 4 years ago ( god knows why but it was all under control) :cool:

    But as soon as I got pregnant and for the first 6 months my face broke out like never before...I had new spots every day.. always more than 8-10 spots or scabe on my face... it got me so depressed that I went to the derm who gave me the only safe pregnancy antibiotics (erythomycin and dual gel) after 5 months... its either the meds or the hormones, but my acne cleared up since month 6 and now all I have got to show for the horrible 6 months is hyperpigmentation which I am patiently waiting to go away. :ninja:

    Having suffered through the worst possible time during my forst 6 months of pregnancy due to acne, I can only try to spread the message that acne could get very very bad during pregnancy if you are prone to them... if that is not something you want to put up with, do consider a lasting treatmement like accutane, hormone therapy, strong antibiotics, laser etc before trying for a baby...

    Hope you dont have to go through the horror of having daily breakouts during your pregnancy and are oe of the lucky ones whoglow!

    good luck with it all


  2. odv,

    I understand how you feel...

    I reached the end of my tether with NHS not taking me seriously with VERY BAD pregnancy acne...

    if it is effecting you this much, it might be worth going to see a private dermatologist ( I gave up on NHS after 2-3 months and took matters to a Derm I paid for myself)

    It has very much been worth it- my treatment options are limited for the time being- same as yours- but mine because i am pregnant, but the derm has prescribed me several oral and topical creams/pills which have got me down to 90% clear

    I would say the money spent on Derm is worth it if you are unhappy/unable to go on with normal life because of acne...

    I am a banker too- very client facing stuff- its horrid going into meetings with a breakout but makeup helps ! I can recommend Mac studio fix...

  3. :boohoo:

    I feel for you. It could be me wirting the post myself.

    I am exactly the same ( expect I am 29 and thought I was long done with acne). I have SEVERE pregnancy acne ( I am now 6+ months pregnant) and have been to see a derm about it a couple of times. I have been on oral and topical erythromycin for 2 months now and have seen a mild improvement (no harmful effects on baby- its been very safe that way!)

    My derm assures me this will get better oncethe baby pops out and then I will have a baby as well as clear skin- what more could a girl ask for!?

    I know its difficult but try to keep positive and remember this is very common during pregnancy and is temporary.

    Oh, and my derm recommended that if I am mad enough to have nother baby, to take a course of accutane before that.

    I think thats something to think about all acne -prone ladies thinking of trying for a baby ( I am ot preaching but wish someone had told me this before, so wanted to spread the word!!)

    Good luck with the pregnancy and let us know how it all goes...



  4. Sounds a bit like it could be poly cyctic ovaries (PCOS)... whcih does cause more hairs on body/face and acne....

    ...I would definitely ask the gynie about it and ask if they can test for it etc...

    hope it gets better soon for you...

    My story till the age of 26-27 was the same as yours... mine cleared up by themselves after a bit...

    a word of friendly warning ( wish someone had told me this before): sort out your acne if/when you decide to get preggers.. I didnt do anything about my mild acne and now I have SEVERE acne at 6 months pregnant and nothing I can do about it...

    good luck


  5. Hey English rose,

    glad to hear things are getting better for you... hopefully you will be all clear and able to enjoy all the things you have had to miss out on soon :dance:

    I have a question for you, you mentioned you had acne when pregnant... I have the worst skin I have had in my life in the last 6 months of bineg pregnant and am unable to do much about it but it is getting to the stage where I have taken time off work and pretty much sit at home and cry all day (cant be much good for the baby!!)


    Would be good to hear from you if you had any respite after you gave birth from acne... did things get better in the 3rd trimester- any ray of hope will do!



  6. I just tried to pop a spot which was brewing for 4 days. very small pustule/poaple... didnt really have that much of a head (i know, I am an idiot!!) but it hurt loads and looked like one I could pop cleanly...

    ...no such luck... the top layer of skin came off but there was o head and now its exposed, red, raw and not poppped... i have put some BP on iot and a band aid and planing to go pff to bed... but is that not wise? what can i do to minimise further damage

    HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP.... i so do not need another scar on my face....


  7. Idahobelle,

    I can fully empathise with you as it is a similar story with me...I am a 30 year old female, have had mild acne for the last 2-3 years but suddenly turned into a walking boil in the last 5 months (since I got pregnant)... right now, I have a fantastic job, the most loving husband and a healthy baby on the way, not to mention friends and family and all the other good things in life but all this is undermined by these horrid things that keep growing on my face...

    ... i am sat here typing on my computer instead of going to a fun BBQ with my friends as couldnt face the world today...

    it all feels unfair and I have done my bit of ranting and raving at fate, luck, doctors, pregnancy and everything else but this is what it is and a couple of things that might help:

    Mac makeup is waterproof (100%)... you can go into swimming pools, water slides and all sorts and it stays on ;)

    Finally went to see a dermatoliogist and got oral erythromycin and duac topical gel (cant give anything else to pregnant women although he agrees a dose of accutane is much needed if things dont improve by the time i have finished breastfeeding). It has helped control the acne and reduce it by >80%.. please do see a drem if you are feeling down because of it

    I also workout and eat well...dont listen to anyone who tells you exercise if bad for acne... it is proven to have no impact ( negative or positive), except it relieves stress so helps a bit and sweat needs washing/wiping off when you are done

    Finally, i know its hard but keep your chinup- tis too, as they say, shall pass ! :think:

    Life is never perfect I think and given the number of things that could have been wrong with mine, I am almost glad its acne thats the problem and not my baby/husband/job/family... you get the jist


  8. Maybe never. They didn't help me one bit.

    Sounds like you have had a painful many years of batteling acne... pleased you are clear now... mine do seem to be responding to antibiotics etc now and have calmed down 90%... had one small spot in 6 days

    not 100% clear, but I guess I never was!

    Another question is: I have some funky pigmented scars (not raised or ice picks, just purple!) left behind... any safe thing I can do while pregnant to get rid of those?


  9. I had been using some acne topical liquids which had an applicator which looked a bit like filter papoer where it needs to get wet with liquid in the bottle and then dabbed on...

    I have got myself paranoid that this must surely ause the bacteris to spread as it is applied to pimples (sometimes open) and then to other areas of skin where it can spread the bacteris it came in contact with... any thoughts on applicator types?

  10. Hi, I'm 29 year old and have started on a course of Topical Erythromycin+ duac (topical BP and clyndomycin (is that how its spelt!?)) and have been following this for ~4 weeks now...

    I have seen some slight improvement (I am no longer a walking pimple) but still have 1-2 new spots appear on face this week (they are not hurting but are small red bumps)- any idea what they might be?

    Also, since each spot leaves a HORRID purple scar behind, each new spot makes me depressed (cant help but feel this way)

    Can anyone help with how long it takes for antibiotics to kick in... how come my face has stopped hurting but is still breaking ut into small red bumps etc... not sure what's going on....

    Oh. and I'm 5 1/2 months pregnant (thats whats caused me to break out so terribly- so bad that there isnt a simgle part of may face not covered in spots or scars)!!

  11. Thanks all for the support...

    The meds suddenly seem to have kicked in and I seem to be getting rid of all bumps/other disgusting things that had appeared on my face....

    Still left with ugly pigmentation scars but they are said to fade over time...

    Fingers crossed!!!

    xx :think:

  12. Thanks Glitterball... this gives me hope that the nightmare can end after birth... I think its very tough luck to get hit by bad acne on top of everything that pregnancy entails...

  13. I am 25 weeks pregnant and am suffering from the worst acne ever in my life. I've had absolutey clear skin till 4 years ago when I suddenly started breaking out but was always able to resolve the issue with BP, topical antibiotics etc. But since I have got pregnant, my acne is out of control and I get atleast 1 new pimple everyday and they leave a hirrble pigmentation/scar!

    I have been to see my derm who prescribed topical antibiotics + oral erythromycin (strongest safe med during pregnancy) but its been 3 weeks and I see no improvement...

    I am unable to leave the house (took 2 weeks off work- it got that bad) and am getting v depressed whcih cant be good for the baby!

    PLEASE let me know if anyone has found any success with pregnancy acne.....