Bye-Bye, Breakouts: Tips for problem skin during pregnancy

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.

For more spa secrets customized to your week of pregnancy, visit our Fit & Fab 40 Weeks pregnancy calendar!

Stacy Denney is the author of Spa Mama (Chronicle Books) and the owner of Barefoot & Pregnant, a maternity day spa in Marin County, California.

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