#preggoproblems: Skin

One very important thing I’ve learned about pregnancy is that it is a completely different experience from one person to the next. I made the huge mistake of assuming that the “pregnancy glow” is basically a rite of passage for mommies everywhere. I’m here to tell you that that is NOT the case. In fact, it’s much more common to encounter a million and one new skin problems instead. Here I was waiting for that flawless face to surface when sh*t hit the fan and mama was NOT happy about it.

I’ll preface my current skin story with ANOTHER skin story. I’ll admit that I have never had perfect skin, but up until a few years ago there was never anything worth concern. I had combination skin with the occasional small breakout
(mostly during that time of month). All of a sudden, I had a bout of the worst acne that I had ever encountered in my life. I don’t know what brought it on, but I tried every product and diet you can think of to try and resolve this torturous issue. Nothing. I saw a dermatologist for the first time who prescribed me garbage, I tried at-home remedies that wouldn’t work and I cried … a lot. To make a long story short, after spending more money than I ever thought possible on skincare, I finally found relief in Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar thanks to a random skincare forum I found online. It was truly a God-send with almost immediate results. I shared the before/after on my Instagram if anyone is interested in images and the full story. For that part of my life, at least, I found my happy ending.

Since then, I’ve discovered that my skin develops a tolerance to almost anything I use (including the ACV). So what works for me is to switch up my products every few months, even if it’s just circling back to things I’ve used
before. I’ve never heard of anyone else rotating their routine like I do and I’m not sure that my dermatologist would agree with my methods, but results don’t lie! This absolutely works for me. That is, until pregnancy came along and
changed everything.

With my pregnancy came the return of the big bad acne. Where was this ethereal glowing skin that everyone raves about? The breakout came on so suddenly and I basically lost my mind, having already been through the trauma once before. Every time I thought I might be in the clear, a new breakout would form right over the old one. What was even worse was the scarring, which is practically unavoidable when you have a tan/olive complexion. In the past few years, I’ve been VERY self-conscious about my face. James can attest to this as he has to wait for me to apply my foundation before we leave the house, no matter what the occasion or errand. This regression back to The Breakout of 2014 (I love that I just gave it a proper name) had me completely distraught. I did what I always do in a crisis … consult Dr. Google.

Little did I know, many women face this very same problem. Maybe the old wives tale about baby girls stealing their mother’s beauty holds some truth. 🙂 I became really concerned when I discovered that salicylic acid is a no-no during pregnancy. I get all of this backwards advice from people yet no one told me this! Of course. nearly every acne medication I own has salicylic acid as the main ingredient. I immediately stopped using those for fear that I was hurting the baby. Though it’s the ingredient that supposedly gets rid of pimples, I didn’t see much change one way or the other when I stopped using these products. Finally, after scouring article after article about safe and effective ways to get rid of pregnancy/hormonal acne, I came across Belli Skincare’s Complete Acne Control Kit. It’s rare that I encounter any product that has virtually zero negative reviews, but here she is. I checked their site, amazon and random blogs and everyone absolutely loves the line. Since nothing else was working for me, I didn’t hesitate. I ordered it right away and within three days I had my kit.

Within a few days of using the Belli Skincare line, my acne cleared up completely. I’ve been using it for about a month and haven’t had any new breakouts. Paired with pure aloe (another lucky Google find), my scarring is slowly but surely lightning up as well. Finally! Guys, I officially swear by this kit and may even continue to use it after my pregnancy if it continues to work. There are some minor cons to the products which I’ll dive into in the next post along with my day/night routine but they do everything that they promise to do without any of the harsh ingredients. Good for me, safe for baby, positive results, need I say more? Look for a full review of each product on the next post.

Reflection time. I cannot wait to meet my baby girl in December. At the same time, making a baby is hard work. There are so many things that no amount of studying can prepare you for. I’ve read countless baby books, asked my mommy friends a million questions, discussed topics with family members and researched researched researched everything under the sun. As informative and interesting as all of my cross-referencing has been, the truth is that almost every day I discover something new about my body and baby. My advice? Continue to collect war
stories and vital information, but take it all in with a grain of salt. Everyone is different. Every woman has a unique pregnancy. You never know what’s going to happen until it actually does and that’s completely OK. I think the
most important thing is to enjoy the wonderful things and embrace the crappy ones. Oh, and don’t freak out if your face starts to look like the pepperoni pizza days of your youth.

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