Pregnancy Safe Skin Care

DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor (apparently WebMD doesn’t count) and these are just a few pregnancy safe skin care products that have worked for me. It’s important to always consult with your OBGYN when trying any new products during pregnancy. And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Ah, the pregnancy glow. A time when you’re tired AF and your body is changing in ways you didn’t think possible, but at least you can’t count on perfect, dewy skin, right? WRONG. The pregnancy glow is a myth as far as I’m concerned. Two out of three women will experience pregnancy-related acne, and the worst part? You can’t use any of the good shit. That’s right, salicylic acid, retinol and so much more is all off the table. Really all of the best things for helping fight blemishes are a big no-no when you’re knocked up. So, where do you even begin when it comes to pregnancy safe skin care? Luckily I’ve tried a ton of products and I am here to share some of my favorites with you.

I’m fortunate to have miraculously escaped morning sickness and I keep trying to remind myself of that when a new zit makes an appearance. You can cover up a zit, but you can’t escape from endless nauseous for weeks on end – for that I am grateful. But it still sucks. Bad skin has always been an anxiety trigger for me ever since I dealt with it in my mid-twenties. but as I am creeping into week 19 I am finally seeing a bit of relief.

I assumed when getting pregnant that I would be one of those 2 of 3 women to suffer from hormonal acne because my body is extremely sensitive to hormone changes. Around my cycles my anxiety intensifies and certain birth controls have given my severe cystic acne in the past.

So here I am. Nearly 30 and battling acne worse than when I was 15. I’m not going to lie, I haven’t found something that is a magic cure for my acne (that will come February 11th when this baby arrives), but I did find some things that have helped reduce the amount of breakouts and clear up blemishes quickly – and they’re all safe for pregnancy!

Origins Charcoal Mask

This is one of my all-time favorite products! Not even just for pregnancy safe skin care – its great all of the time. I want a mask to tingle and feel like it’s working and this one does the trick. I do this 1 – 2 times a week to clear my pores and prevent future breakouts. My skin is left feeling smooth and clean.

Biossance Tea Tree + Squalane Mask

I received a sample of this in my Sephora Play box a few months ago and absolutely fell in love with this mask. Squalane locks in moisture and the tea tree oil calms and purifies skin. Tea tree has been a life saver for me lately. My acne will leave behind red, angry scars for weeks on end and I find that the tea tree helps that a ton.

BONUS: I’ve also been using the Biossance Tea Tree + Squalane facial oil at night for extra support calming my skin. This doesn’t clog my pores or leave my skin oily.

Belif Pore Cleaner Bubble Foam

After using my standard gentle cleanser I will use this 3 times per week. You apply to a dry face and watch as the bubbles work up any leftover oil and residue in your pores from the day. The bubble foam helps to balance your skin’s Ph level and leaves your pores nice and clean without feeling tight or dry.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution

I just started using this and I am obsessed! The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning solution is a great replacement for fans of the TLC Framboos Night Serum. This has all of the resurfacing power with none of the salicylic acid. This is also $8.70 – excuse me, what? My skin feels so smooth and dewy in the morning after using this. I use this at night after cleansing and before lotion or oil.

Dr. Jart Tiger Grass Camo Drops

I’ve mentioned this serum on the blog before because its great for covering up redness. Lately I’ve been using this in place of my daily lotion to help even my skin tone and reduce the redness from my blemishes.

C-Firma Day Serum

Need I say more. My ride-or-die daily vitamin C serum is safe to use during pregnancy. Maybe god is a woman after all? I’ve been heavily reliant on this to help clear up the discoloration from leftover acne scars. I still use this daily with the B-hydra and top of with the camo drops. If you want to learn more about other Drunk Elephants products I love, check out my blog post HERE.

The Ordinary Azaleaic Acid Serum

With salicylic acid off of the table I needed something to help resurface and even my skin tone to diminish scarring. This has been a great alternative for me! The best part? It’s $7.90. Yes, you read that right, and no I didn’t misplace a decimal. It’s affordable and effective when most acids/retinols are off the table. I use this after toning and finish with the Biossance tea tree oil.

Note: Don’t combine this with the glycolic acid toner! I usually rotate every other night between the two.

Renée Rouleau Anti-bump Solution (Formerly Anti-Cyst Solution)

The worst part about pregnancy acne is that it’s usually hormonal and hormonal acne tends to show up in the form of painful cyst-like bumps that take forever to go away. This stuff is great at the first sign of a cystic bump! I put it on as a nightly spot treatment anytime I feel a big bump coming through.

Mighty Patch

Breakouts are inevitable and one thing that I’ve found that helps clear up whiteheads super quickly are mighty patches. Pre-pregnancy I used Peace Out acne dots, but those have salicylic acid so I was forced to find another patch for bad blemishes. This one works really well to help whiteheads heal quickly. I clean the pimple and then put one of these patches on before bed and remove in the morning.


What is dermaplaning? Basically a fancy, girly way to say “shaving your face”. I’m not going to lie I was totally freaked out by the thought of putting a razor to my face, but I mustered the courage to try it out and fell in love with the results. I first learned about this via the ladies over on one of my fave blogs, Uncover the Glow. They helped convince me it was effective and most importantly, that my hair won’t grow back black (update: it doesn’t!). I do this once a week to help get rid of peach fuzz and dead skin cells. Check out this awesome video on their site where they break down all of the dermaplaning details!

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