Lately I’ve had readers requesting to know what products I would chose today for a skincare routine if I was pregnant, or for my picks for a pregnancy skincare routine when dealing with rosacea. Since I have (mild) rosacea, that’s pretty much the same question! I’m including a few choices under each product, so you have options at different price points.
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Core Trio Products for Rosacea
I strongly recommend starting with a core trio of products, and then adding or swapping out additional products as needed to deal with the continual hormonal changes (and changing skincare issues) throughout pregnancy. I go into this in detail in my free pregnancy skincare eBook, you can sign up for my newsletter and get it there.
I tend to go for very gentle cleansers, since more harsh cleansers tend to really dry out my skin. My current go-to products are:
• Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash (at Dermstore, SkinStore)
• Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover (at Sephora, Nordstrom)
Alternatives that also work well for me:
• Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser (at Target, ULTA)
• Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash (at Sephora)
• Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Waterproof Makeup Remover (at ULTA, Amazon)
I look for a moisturizer that has some gentle anti-aging ingredients such as peptides. They’re pregnancy safe and won’t irritate my skin at all.
Rather than starting with an all new routine, I usually recommend swapping out 1 product at a time or adding in a targeted treatment. Most people’s skin (and mine is especially like this) doesn’t appreciate drastic changes quickly. And given all of the hormonal fluctuations of pregnancy, I swear I was dealing with a different issue every month of my pregnancies. Sticking with the core basics and then using a targeted treatment to address that day’s issue worked really well for me.
Rather than swapping out for a heavier moisturizer, I love to apply a few drops of a hydrating oil into my routine. I do this at night, usually after serum but before a moisturizer. This gives me more flexibility than swapping out my moisturizer for a heavier product.
I admit that I don’t really have issues with blemishes currently. However, if I did these are the products I would be reaching for:
• Kate Somerville ERADIKATE® DAILY FOAMING CLEANSER (at Sephora, ULTA, DermStore)
• Kate Somerville ERADIKATE®MASK FOAM-ACTIVATED ACNE TREATMENT (at Sephora)
Also check out the Averr Aglow brand, they have a lot of pregnancy safe products that target acne! I also used a lot of mud masks while pregnant. I recommend the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask or Origins Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores.
Since the “gold standard” ingredients for anti-aging (retinoids) are off limits during pregnancy, this is a great time to check out alternative ingredients. My recommendation is to check out Vitamin C, which targets hyperpigmentation and helps fight aging. I also really like peptides to help build collagen without irritation.
One thing I am asked about a lot, is for the best way to exfoliate your skin during pregnancy. I recommend avoiding chemical exfoliation such as peels or exfoliating cleansers, they usually contain ingredients that should be avoided during pregnancy.
Instead, I recommend using physical exfoliation. I used to recommend use of a Clarisonic (sadly, out of business during the pandemic), similar devices like PMD and Foreo offer exfoliation gentle enough that you can use them daily. A scrub mitt or even just a washcloth also work. Be careful not to overdo it!
If you really need to feel like you’re chemically exfoliating, Cure Natural Aqua Gel is a decent compromise. You can also look for a purely lactic acid form of exfoliation, The Ordinary has a product that works, it comes in 2 different strengths.