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Blemish-Busting Skincare For Hormonal Skin In Pregnancy And As A New Mum

It’s no secret that having a baby can change your body in many ways, and your complexion is no exception. Pregnancy hormones, stress and not to mention sleepless nights (is that five days in a row of baby bedtime tantrums now?) can all contribute to breakouts.

But don’t worry because making small changes to your skincare routine can make all the difference. Whether you suffer from the occasional spot, excess oil or regular breakouts, we’ve got the products to help.

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Eau Thermale Avene Cleansing Water, £10.50, escentual.com

Sometimes breakouts and stressed skin needs treating with kid gloves. Try a gentle cleansing water like this one is enriched with Avene Thermal Spring Water - it's perfect for sensitive skin. Apply to your face and neck using cotton wool to remove make-up and control excess shine without over drying. A great simple cleanser if you’re avoiding harsher chemicals while you’re pregnant.
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Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel, £41.30, dermalogica.co.uk

Keep this overnight miracle worker to hand for when your skin flares up. Apply directly on affected areas to reduce the appearance of inflamed and irritated blemishes, and/or a thin layer all over to eliminate future break outs – the salicylic acid works to exfoliate the skin cells and prevent clogged pores.
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Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot, £7, boots.com

To stop a spot in its tracks, try this targeted blemish treatment. The antibacterial technology helps to eliminate infections, while the hyaluronic acid acts as a barrier to stop bacteria spreading, reducing the appearances of spots in no time. We love the cooling applicator, which helps to soothe inflamed or irritated skin, too.
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Ren ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Gel Cream, £22, renskincare.com

If you have an oily complexion but still want to hydrate your skin, this moisturiser leaves skin comfortably soft while targeting blemishes. Free from parabens and sulphates, it's perfectly safe to use during pregnancy, too. 
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Tea Tree Facial Cleansing Wipes, £2.99, superdrug.com

Enriched with antibacterial tea tree and peppermint oil, these cleansing wipes are a fast but thorough way to cleanse in a hurry. Just wipe across your face to clean and refresh in an instant, and prevent future spots rearing. Just remember to keep away from your eyes!
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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser, £15, kiehls.co.uk

For particularly oily skin types, try a range like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free to manage excess oil and keep blemishes under control. Massage this creamy cleanser into damp skin morning and evening to fight skin impurities without drying your skin. As well as being oil-free, it’s also free from parabens, silicone and perfume too, so ideal for easily irritated skin.
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Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel, £14, clinique.co.uk

If you like to feel the sensation of a product getting to work, you’ll love the latest product in Clinique’s Anti-Blemish range. Small but powerful, use this treatment twice daily after cleansing either in place of your regular cream, or dabbed directly onto blemishes for a targeted treatment.
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Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Oil Skin Wash, £10.65, feelunique.com

Chest and back prone to pimples? Try switching up your shower gel. We love this gentle (yet antiseptic) body wash from Australian Bodycare, which leaves skin clean and refreshed. If you suffer from excess sweating – which can be triggered by changing hormones levels during pregnancy and after birth – it’s a good idea to use this for a neutralising effect, too. Not to mention the tea tree scent is a great morning wake-up call.
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Murad Clarifying Toner, £23, murad.co.uk

If you have troublesome skin, introducing a clarifying toner after cleansing will help tighten pores while removing excess oil and the last traces of your cleanser. Murad’s Clarifying Toner is ideal for combination/oily skin types. The witch hazel tightens pores and control oil production while antioxidants such as grape seed extract and vitamin e helps to protect skin. Apply using a cotton wool pad before moisturising morning and evening for best results.
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Soap & Glory The Fab Pore 2-In-1 Pore Purifying Mask And Peel, £10, boots.com

Nursery fees mean facials are restricted to birthday treats? This 2-in-1 mask and peel is a great budget buy to give your skin a weekly pamper at home. Packed with pore-shrinking and skin-clearing salicylic and lactic acids along with exfoliating rice micro beads, skin is radiant after one use. Regular use makes for a healthier, clearer complexion, too. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 5 minutes for an express treatment, or 15 minutes for a more intense facial peel.
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Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush, £35, marykay.co.uk

If you suffer from blocked pores (which can lead to breakouts), add a cleansing brush into your skin routine for a deep down cleanse. Use with your regular facial cleanser and move across your face in circular motions to help unclog pores, gently exfoliate skin and boost circulation. After one use, skin will instantly appear smoother and more radiant – like an express fakeawake for tired mums. For more sensitive skin types, use 2-3 times weekly as oppose to daily.
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Shu Uemura Fresh Cleansing Oil, £30, shuuemura.co.uk

Shu Uemura’s new lightweight oil cleanser is especially designed for combination and oily skin types. It works to balance skin tone and texture without over drying (which can lead to excess oil production and blemishes) while removing the day’s dirt. Apply to dry skin (it melts away eye make-up fast, too), emulsify with water then remove with a damp muslin. We’ve fallen in love with the cherry, lily and grapefruit scent.
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Alpha H Micro Cleanse Exfoliator, £24.50, alpha-h.com

Remove skin-dulling and pore-clogging dead skin cells with this non-drying facial scrub. The micro beads gently exfoliate and even skin texture, the macadamia nut oil restores moisture and softens skin, while the cucumber extract cools and brightens.
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  • victorii - 28/11/2016 21:38

    I’d recommend Monsia :)


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