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Pregnancy Acne - What to do?

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Created October 19, 2012 at 8:51 AM

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?

Many thanks!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on October 24, 2012
at 02:16 PM

It can be, as some of the overloaded estrogen receptors get turned back on. Should last no more than a couple of weeks from what I've read & my personal experience. Dr. Lee should talk about this in his book, no?

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on October 24, 2012
at 09:58 AM

Thank you I will check it out :)

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on October 24, 2012
at 07:54 AM

Hi Dragonfly, I started using the Pro-Gest a couple of days ago and have experienced night sweats - is this normal when beginning to supplement with natural progesterone?

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on October 20, 2012
at 02:18 PM

I have John Lee's book 'Hormone Balance Made Easy' (thanks to your recommendation in another thread!) but it did not mention anything about pregnancy hence why I was reluctant to supplement. I will give the Pro-Gest a try, it seems like a lower dose than Natpro and no mention of soy :) Thank you so much for all your help, you are a superstar!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on October 20, 2012
at 02:04 PM

And do read some of the articles onJohn Lee's site first. Especially the one on estrogen dominance.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on October 20, 2012
at 02:03 PM

I don't know NatPro. Yes, it's Emerita that I use.

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on October 20, 2012
at 01:42 PM

Thank you, that makes me feel a lot better about it! Have you heard of Natpro? I read that the progesterone in it is derived from soya so am reluctant to use it. I will try the Pro-gest cream you are referring - is it the Emerita Paraben Free Pro-Gest cream?

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on October 20, 2012
at 01:24 PM

At 10-12 weeks your placenta will start producing 200-300 mg of Progesterone per day. The entire tube of Pro-gest only contains 450 mg. if that helps you to feel more relaxed about using it!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on October 20, 2012
at 01:23 PM

My research indicates that natural progesterone is perfectly safe at this level, but there is lots of info available, so you can do your own research. Dr. John Lee's site is a good place to start.http://www.johnleemd.com/

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on October 20, 2012
at 01:22 PM

A physiological amount would be 1/4 teaspoon twice a day. The only way to know if this will help your hormones to balance is to try it. Progesterone is a precursor for Testosterone & Estrogen, so the level in the body changes all the time.

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on October 20, 2012
at 01:11 PM

And what do you consider a 'small amount of progesterone' to be? Would I need to keep applying the cream every day to avoid progesterone drops? Thank you for all your help!

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on October 20, 2012
at 12:53 PM

Thanks so much for your reply! I will get my Vit D levels tested. I already supplement with 4000 UI of oil based D3. I have also purchased some Natpro natural progesterone cream but have been too scared to use it as I am not sure whether it can have adverse effects. I had my progesterone level tested at day 21 of my cycle (I did not know I was pregnant then) and it came back as 59, which my doctor said is normal. Would I still benefit from supplementing with natural progesterone? I had a miscarriage at 12 weeks and one at 5 weeks before so am determined to carry this pregnancy to term.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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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:

http://www.sondrarose.com/vitamin-d-deficiency-pregnancy

2a51cab26fb0892fef54daa51516bc8d

(58)

on October 20, 2012
at 01:11 PM

And what do you consider a 'small amount of progesterone' to be? Would I need to keep applying the cream every day to avoid progesterone drops? Thank you for all your help!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 20, 2012
at 02:03 PM

I don't know NatPro. Yes, it's Emerita that I use.

2a51cab26fb0892fef54daa51516bc8d

(58)

on October 20, 2012
at 12:53 PM

Thanks so much for your reply! I will get my Vit D levels tested. I already supplement with 4000 UI of oil based D3. I have also purchased some Natpro natural progesterone cream but have been too scared to use it as I am not sure whether it can have adverse effects. I had my progesterone level tested at day 21 of my cycle (I did not know I was pregnant then) and it came back as 59, which my doctor said is normal. Would I still benefit from supplementing with natural progesterone? I had a miscarriage at 12 weeks and one at 5 weeks before so am determined to carry this pregnancy to term.

2a51cab26fb0892fef54daa51516bc8d

(58)

on October 20, 2012
at 02:18 PM

I have John Lee's book 'Hormone Balance Made Easy' (thanks to your recommendation in another thread!) but it did not mention anything about pregnancy hence why I was reluctant to supplement. I will give the Pro-Gest a try, it seems like a lower dose than Natpro and no mention of soy :) Thank you so much for all your help, you are a superstar!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 20, 2012
at 01:24 PM

At 10-12 weeks your placenta will start producing 200-300 mg of Progesterone per day. The entire tube of Pro-gest only contains 450 mg. if that helps you to feel more relaxed about using it!

2a51cab26fb0892fef54daa51516bc8d

(58)

on October 20, 2012
at 01:42 PM

Thank you, that makes me feel a lot better about it! Have you heard of Natpro? I read that the progesterone in it is derived from soya so am reluctant to use it. I will try the Pro-gest cream you are referring - is it the Emerita Paraben Free Pro-Gest cream?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 20, 2012
at 01:22 PM

A physiological amount would be 1/4 teaspoon twice a day. The only way to know if this will help your hormones to balance is to try it. Progesterone is a precursor for Testosterone & Estrogen, so the level in the body changes all the time.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 20, 2012
at 01:23 PM

My research indicates that natural progesterone is perfectly safe at this level, but there is lots of info available, so you can do your own research. Dr. John Lee's site is a good place to start.http://www.johnleemd.com/

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 20, 2012
at 02:04 PM

And do read some of the articles onJohn Lee's site first. Especially the one on estrogen dominance.

2a51cab26fb0892fef54daa51516bc8d

(58)

on October 24, 2012
at 07:54 AM

Hi Dragonfly, I started using the Pro-Gest a couple of days ago and have experienced night sweats - is this normal when beginning to supplement with natural progesterone?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 24, 2012
at 02:16 PM

It can be, as some of the overloaded estrogen receptors get turned back on. Should last no more than a couple of weeks from what I've read & my personal experience. Dr. Lee should talk about this in his book, no?

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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.

2a51cab26fb0892fef54daa51516bc8d

(58)

on October 24, 2012
at 09:58 AM

Thank you I will check it out :)

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