I've just discovered that I'm pregnant and am over the moon :) It's very early days yet and have yet to experience many symptoms other than sore breasts and fatigue, but I have had the misfortune of breaking out really badly.
I have struggled with hormonal acne most of my adult life and eating Paleo has managed to keep it under control, avoiding sugar and gluten and eating plenty of meats, eggs, fish, fats, vegetables and starches.
I typically eat eggs for breakfast (with bacon on the weekends), sardines and avocado for lunch (or leftover dinner), liver as a snack and meat and vegetables for dinner (with some sweet potato or white rice on occasion).
I eat plenty of butter, fish eggs, liver and supplement with the following:
B Vitamin Complex Fermented Cod Liver Oil Folate Vitamin D3
Normally this regime will help keep the breakouts at bay, but ever since getting pregnant my skin has flared up massively - red bumps and whiteheads on my chin and around my mouth - and it just seems to be getting worse.
Of course I'll take the acne if it means carrying this pregnancy to term, but if there is anything I can do to avoid having 9 months of pimples, I'd like that better!
What can I do? I read that tea tree oil and most natural acne remedies are not recommended during pregnancy. Is there anything I should be avoiding or anything I should incorporate into my diet to achieve this famous pregnancy glow that everyone seems to experience except for me?
asked bylilliputty (58)
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on October 19, 2012
at 04:12 PM
Congrats on your pregnancy!
I always break out slightly just before ovulation when my estrogen surges, so I am imagining that if you use a small amount of bio-identical Progesterone cream (like Pro-gest), you may be able to counter the slight hormonal imbalance you may be experiencing right now. Many pregnant women (including some of my clients) use Pro-gest safely, but of course I highly recommend you do your own research.
I would also recommend getting your D level tested so you can make sure you are supplementing sufficiently. 50-60 ng/ml is the blood level recommended by the Vitamin D Council. Here's my blog post containing their newsletter on the topic:
on October 23, 2012
at 06:50 PM
Great news on your pregnancy! Eating well during pregnancy is important, but sometimes you need that extra help when it comes to skin conditions. I had breakouts during pregnancy and used everything I could find. However, the one product that worked for me was Belli Skin Care's Acne Blemish Facial Wash. It took about a week to see any results and even though I am not pregnant anymore I still use it. Smells nice too! Give it a try, you can find it on their website at www.belliskincare.com.