I have oily, dehydrated skin, and breaking out around my mouth and chin. Cystic acne has become a major challenge in my first trimester, and I wanted to know if I can purchase the Hydra Healing Skin Rescue Gel. Is there any other product you would suggest for me?
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Yes, the Hydra Healing Gel is safe during pregnancy. There’s a trick to ensure your skin absorbs all the hydration in the gel. Mix it with one of my creams/serums before applying. I mix it (half and half, just in the palm of my hand) in the AM with which ever cream I’m going to use for the day (patchouli, primer, or quick tint), and in the PM, I mix it with a serum (my suggestions for you would be the Balance Serum – also see my notes about Skin Support Serum below). Mixing the gel with these other products will be extremely helpful for your skin (based on what you told me).
The other products I would suggest (based on what you told me) would be…
- to use the Cystic Acne Mask 2 – 3 times a week (leave on for 30 min and wash off with warm water after). It will tackle several of the issues you mentioned including cystic acne AND dehydration. If also using the Skin Support Serum, use the Cystic Acne Mask on opposite days.
- to make sure the cleanser you’re using isn’t stripping your skin (which is another cause of oily skin). I talk about this here and a flowchart to check the products you’re currently using for this plus other causes of acne can be found here. If your cleanser is stripping your skin, I would suggest replacing it with the Charcoal Soap or Green Tea & Pineapple Liquid Facial Cleanser in the AM and the Mild Jojoba Scrub or Pineapple Scrub in the evening. The Tea Tree Facial Nut Scrub could also be used a few times a week in the evening (particularly on days when you’re not using the Cystic Acne Mask).
- for large “mother of all whiteheads” that spring up, apply the Quick Stick. If you can keep yourself from popping them, do so. Any time a zit is popped, bacteria is pushed further under the skin. This causes further irritation and infection and more blemishes pop up in its place.
- the links mentioned in my letter to acne suffers under the heading “what you need to know about internal causes of acne” might also be helpful (since cystic acne almost always has an internal connection). These links are quick reads (or videos) and include lots of tips.
I hope that helps! Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
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