Mum shares how her perfect skin was left with painful red acne after she fell pregnant.

Sarah Boyd, 32, from Sunshine West, Vic, was three months’ pregnant when she first noticed her skin changing.

‘My face had started to get greasy,’ she told That’s Life. ‘At six months, I had bright red bumps on my chin a forehead,’ said Sarah.

The mum had never had skin problems before, discovered she was suffering from pregnancy acne.

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‘While some expectant mums find their skin suddenly glows, my skin had reacted badly to hormonal skin changes,’ Sarah explained.

As Sarah’s bump grew bigger, her problem skin got worse. When people started to ask, ‘Is your face okay?’ Sarah wanted to hide away.

‘I don’t normally wear much make-up but I found myself covering myself with concealer,’ said Sarah.

After the birth of her baby was born, Sarah hoped it would be the end of her problem skin, but it wasn’t the case.

‘The bumps were sore and spread up my cheeks. I should have been enjoying precious time with my baby but instead I was shying away,’ said Sarah.

Finding herself avoiding being in photos with her new bub, Sarah decided to take action and booked an appointment with a dermatologist.

Twice a week for six weeks a gel was applied to Sarah’s skin and she sat under an LED light for nine minutes. The treatment aimed to kill bacteria and help Sarah’s skin heal.

‘After a few sessions I saw a real improvement. Five months on my skin is so much better and my confidence is back,’ said Sarah.

Not all pregnancies affect acne

The Acne ogranisation says, not all pregnancies have an impact on acne but if you have hormonal acne, it is likely to flare during the first trimester (three months) of your pregnancy.

Usually your acne will probably improve and may even disappear during the last trimester. Breastfeeding is also an excellent way of keeping acne away. Many women with persistent acne also notice that their acne is progressively less severe or disappears with each pregnancy.

Did you get the pregnancy “glow” or suffer with terrible skin conditions instead?

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Via That’s Life 

  • Shouldn’t us as parents do what is best for our own children? We all have our own opinions and should respect the decision of other parents.
    But on the other hand, how many parents have done hours on end worth of research as to what the doctors are putting into our children’s bodies with those vaccines? How much of the ingredients is good for an adults body, let alone a child’s body, or what amount of the ingredients should one have.
    I personally think that good on those parents that want to vaccinate their child/ren and also good on those parents that decide not to vaccinate their child/ren.


  • My acne is pretty full on, all deep painful cysts of hormonal acne not the pimples of my teenage years. I have been wearing a lot more makeup to try and hide the change at work since I am still in the first trimester. I really hope to see improvements after 13 weeks.


  • i had a few spots here or there but nothing too bad. It was probably due more to the cravings for chocolate or french fries lol. Generally my skin was fine although i did have itchy belly skin lol


  • I don’t know that I glowed but nor did I have the terrible skin either.


  • I was very lucky not to have acne problems, my problem was nausea. I feel so sorry for you Sarah but glad you found a way to get rid of the problem and back to enjoying your bub.


  • Yes I got a horrible skin rash and crusty thing happen. Hormones are wonderful!


  • Pregnancy is the only time I’ve never had pimples.


  • I was one of the lucky ones who didn’t have problems.


  • Yep, I had a painful pregnancy and definitely didn’t glow.


  • I never had acne until I was pregnant. I had horrible acne that left bad scares on my chin. I still suffer with hormonal acne with my monthly cycle all these years later. It’s funny how one pregnancy can affect your body so much. I have the type of acne pitting that can’t be fixed so I have to live with it.


  • I actually suffered post-natal acne that flared up a couple of years after. It was definitely hormonal and I visited my GP, a Naturopath, and finally a Dermatologist before we sorted things out. We tried any number of potions, medications, etc. and I am now on a pill for the sole purpose of controlling acne – at the ripe old age of 48!!


  • This is exactly like my pregnancy the hormones made my skin terrible, hair greasy, always smelt of body odour and my gums receded !


  • Both of my pregnancies were different – the first one I got some mild morning sickness, mostly dry retching, but not much actual vomiting (only a couple of times). That only lasted the first 12 weeks and then a little later came the carpal tunnel which I had for about 3 months at least, it was horrible! I also got swelling feet in the last month and nasty cramps in the legs that’d wake me up in the night.

    My second pregnancy I got nothing. We didn’t even know I was pregnant until I was 5 weeks- I had 3 negative tests, one was at the doctors and then it was picked up by a follow up blood test. I didn’t even have food intolerances, just a slight lack of appetite at night and a little tiredness.


  • Unfortunately I had this too!
    I was swollen oily and I was riddled with sore red pimples, even down my chest and back. I really hope to exexperience that wonderful glow ????


  • I felt ok, had no skincondtion and was happy because I was expectant and then you glow as well :)


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