8 Natural Ways To Beat Pregnancy Acne

by Gretchen Bossio

Having a baby is as involved and tumultuous experience as they come, and throwing pregnancy acne into the mix doesn't exactly help. Sometimes pregnancy hormones leave moms-to-be with glowing skin, and other occurrences come with middle school-worthy outbreaks. For those not looking to embrace the latter, here are eight natural remedies for pregnancy acne: 

Establish a Gentle Cleansing Routine

Washing more and harder won’t cure acne. This is the case whether you’re pregnant or not! Choose a gentle, quality cleanser and wash your skin morning and night. Only add in an extra wash if you get sweaty. 

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Don’t Forget To Moisturize

The best moisturizer I’ve found is plain old coconut oil. It’s antifungal and antibacterial, which is exactly what’s needed for fighting pregnancy acne. 

Take a Zinc Supplement

Not only is zinc recommended during pregnancy for fetal development, it can also help reduce outbreaks. A proper dose of zinc may already be in your prenatal or regular diet, so speak with your doctor to determine what is right for you.

Make an Exfoliating Mask

Common kitchen ingredients can destroy your pregnancy acne.  In a small bowl, mix honey and superfine sugar until it forms a thick paste. Exfoliate with the honey sugar scrub and rinse off with warm water. 

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Make a Nourishing Mask

Again, honey is the key ingredient! Blend an equal amount of honey and plain yogurt, just a tablespoon of each will do. Apply a thin layer, allow it to dry, and then layer on again. Sit back and relax for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

For the Love of Lemons

Another easy-kitchen fix can be found in lemons. Simply extract the juice from one lemon, dab with a cotton ball or Q-tip and gently apply to your skin. Refrigerate and use as needed.

Spot Treat

Have just one or two pesky zits? Treat them individually with a an equal mix of baking soda and water.

Change Your Pillowcase

Pillowcases take a beating and collect lots of grime. Hair products especially build up and then transfer to our faces, which can cause skin problems. Change your pillowcase often so your face has a clean, place to rest at night. Don't forget to use natural laundry detergent! 

Have you experienced pregnancy acne? Tell us what natural remedies did you find to be most helpful in the comments section. 

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