Ah, the miracle of childbirth. Here you are, on the brink of the single most maturing event of your life, and your face is breaking out like a thirteen-year-old girl's.
Acne is a fairly common consequence of pregnancy hormones and usually strikes in your first trimester. And, of course, since you're pregnant, your skin-care options are rather limited. Abrasive scrubs and exfoliants may enrage your newly sensitive skin, and the anti-acne prescription drugs Accutane and Retin-A are absolute no-no's during pregnancy. Instead, try this natural and gentle facial mask designed to unplug oily pores without irritating your skin.
2 tablespoons bran
1 tablespoon baby applesauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried peppermint
Mix the ingredients in a small bowl to make a paste. Spread the gooey (and fairly yummy-looking) mixture on your face. Treat yourself to a 20-minute nap, and then rinse the mask off with lukewarm water.
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Stacy Denney is the author of Spa Mama (Chronicle Books) and the owner of Barefoot & Pregnant, a maternity day spa in Marin County, California.