Friday, 2 January 2015

Clinic - Pre, During and Post Pregnancy - CLINIC IS CLOSED!

The Clinic is open. THE CLINIC IS CLOSED.

Anything and everything pregnancy related this week.

  • Please try and keep the questions short and to the point if at all possble. :)
  • I have comment moderation on so please don't worry if your comment doesn't show right away - I may be answering something similar or have already published something along the same lines...
  • I'll publish/answer as many as possible and then close the Clinic.*
I hope that makes sense!







*As always, I'm not a doctor. Read my full disclaimer on the 'me' page above - snippet here:
Product Recommendations Disclaimer:
I am always happy to recommend products and this has obviously become a key part of the blog and now YouTube. Any recommendation is based on my experience with something - or the trusted experience of a tester - but everyone's skin is different and something that works for me may not necessarily work for you in the same way.
The same with allergic reactions - it is impossible to anticipate allergies - it is pretty much possible for anyone to be allergic to anything.

82 comments:

  1. My skin is so dehydrated so makeup looks all gross and crusty but its oily as well on my nose and forehead, I have massive under the skin bumps on my jawline and smaller red spots all over my cheeks which make me worry that my pockmarks will never 'plumpen out'. I have tried switching up my skincare and incorperating a rosehip and jojoba oil to balance my skin but it seems to have made my forehead all congested and bumpy (it wasn't before). Please help! PS post pregnancy with a 3 month old.

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    1. What else are you using? oils are great but you need water somewhere - what moisturiser?

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    2. Using a moisturiser from handmade naturals over the oil, an unscented one with shea butter in it to dry and combat the dehydration, also using a nivea cleansing lotion and pixi glow tonic. Thanks for the reply!

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    3. Use the moisturiser UNDER the oil. Try that.

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    4. *try not dry oops! I will definitely try that, thanks for the help :)

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  2. Hello is it safe to use daily acids and alpha h when pregnant? Is it really just retinol products that can be unsafe?

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    1. Hi Deborah,

      Yes you can use them. Anything too strong would be prescription strength and any doc/derm would advise you of that at the time of your appt.

      Retinols aren't clear cut to be avoided - retinyl palmitate is one of the mildest forms and shouldn't cause you any problems. Retinoids that are again - prescription - or at a high % would clearly state that on the label. For example, Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial is perfectly fine for pregnancy - retin-a is not.

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    2. Thank u. Is the overnight facial used as a serum? Would I put moisturizer on afterwards? Also last question, did I hear u are coming to Belfast soon?

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    3. I'm in Belfast 12th Jan - and Overnight Facial is an oil - so you can use it on its own, under a moisturiser or over a moisturiser.

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  3. What morning skincare would you recommend for perking you up on pregnancy days where you feel like a whale on land with a face like thunder?

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    1. Ah LOL I remember them well. :)
      Try a light milk/gel to wake you up - something like Tata Harper's Purifying Cleanser to start, followed by Caudalie's Beauty Elixir and a good moisturiser. You're not a whale ;)

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    2. Forgot to say thanks so much! I really appreciate your time in answering all our questions. You rock :)

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  4. Hi Caroline. I have just found out I am pregnant (woohoo) I have suffered with adult acne but have since stopped taking prescribed medication since finding your blog :-) Do you have any suggestions for products that will help cyst type spots, whiteheads and blackheads (general rubbish skin, I get it all!!) that don't cost a fortune I'm happy to invest in my skin but money is definitely a huge concern for me now we are expecting company and a few cheaper alternatives would be a great help.

    Thanks for taking the time to run these clinics and writing such an amazing blog :-)

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    1. Hi Rebecca,

      Congratulations! Try REN Clear Calm Clay cleanser and maybe their lighter Rose cleansers to alternate - they aren't extortionate. Also First Aid Beauty pads, Melvita waters to spritz and spend your money on a couple of great oils. Sunday Riley Artemis and Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex are great for giving nourishment but encouraging the spots to GO AWAY. Are you taking omegas too? If not, start.

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    2. Thank you so much :-)

      Yes taking Omega's and have cut out nearly all dairy - is it safe take a double does of omega's. I'm currently taking a supplement for pregnancy which also has an omega tablet with it (think it's from Vitabiotics) but the omega dose is lower than you recommend for skin - is it ok to up the omega's whilst pregnant?

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    3. Absolutely. Don't take my word for it. Do a google search and find articles from Dr Perricone, Huffington Post (written by Dr's) - I wish I'd known abour omegas when I had my first - he suffers badly from eczema and it might have helped.

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  5. Hi Caroline.
    What kind of products would you recommend to a 30-year-old pregnant women with skin breakouts (which have started right after she stopped her pill)? I am asking this because retinoids are forbidden as you know ;)
    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Catarina,

      Only the stronger variants of retinoids are advised to be avoided - and in all honesty, unless it's in a prescription (which wouldn't be given) - the risk is minimal. Companies are terrified (understandably) of being sued. look for retinyl palmitate. Exceedingly mild, does the job, just does it slowly and safely.

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    2. Thank you ;)
      Could you recommend me specifically 1 or 2 products with retinyl palmitate?

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    3. Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial, this works No Wrinkles range...

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  7. Let's state the blatantly obvious - what ingredients must we stay away from, use minimally and use regularly?

    I am 37, have Normal to dry skin with a tendency towards dehydration (secretly 5 weeks pregnant with rainbow baby shhh) - very paranoid this time around.

    Currently using EH amazing face; REN Evercalm Cleansing Milk;
    Pixi Glow Tonic; Serozinc; Body Shop Vit C spray sometimes clearasil pads
    REN Omga3, Body Shop Vit E; Origins planscription; or Bioderma serums;
    Avene eye cream
    and Bioderma leger/riche; body shop vit E or Embryolisse moisturisers.
    Plus testing out some stuff by Dr Renaud
    Thanks BecomingIris

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    1. Hi Iris,

      Your routine is fine. nothing to worry about there.
      Stay away from certain essential oils in body/bathing products - rosemary, clary sage, juniper etc - are contraindicated. Literally pretty much everything else is ok.
      CONGRATULATIONS! We won't tell anyone.

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  8. Mat pay + salary cut due to recession = I need advice on genuinely decent budget beauty buys please. I'm sensitive/combo skin with hormonal chin/jaw spots. Thank you!

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    1. Have you tried Body Shop Camomile Cleansing range and Pomegranate Moisturisers? How budget is 'budget'?
      Congratulations!

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  9. Hello Caroline,
    I need an advise on face skin routin for breastfeeding mom and also for safe anti-wrinkle creams for face and eyes.
    Thank you,
    Iza

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    1. Hi Romain,

      Depends what you need, most anti-wrinkle creams available in stores are perfectly safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding mothers.

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  10. Hi Caroline, happy new year!
    Are the peter thomas roth max complexion correction pads (2 percent salicylic acid, 10 percent glycolic ) safe to use during pregnancy? I used benzoyl peroxide during my first pregnancy but it's no longer available.
    Many thanks xx

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    1. Dude if you used BP in your first pregnancy you should have no problem using PTR pads! You're hardcore! in all seriousness, they're pads, not injectables. Don't panic.

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    2. Thanks! I felt really guilty using bp because the advice l got was so inconsistent but l was desperate and l knew it worked for me. Pregnancy is such a hard time! Xx

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    3. Guilt is such a big part of being pregnant. Annoying isn't it.

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  11. Hi Caroline. I know there is nothing out there that can lift boobs (other than surgery!!) but is there any product moisturiser wise you would recommend for improving the skin on the bust/décolletage. My skin in that whole area feels paper thin, sensitive and hormonal after having breastfed for nearly a year - finished a few months ago. Things are looking pretty dull and droopy :-\ !!! Thanks SO much xx

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    1. Congratulations. :)
      Breast feeding is indeed a killer and very unforgiving on the boobage. Try Clarins Bust products. The French salon brands are big on boob care. They take it very seriously! Also look at Mio Skincare. Their range is lovely.

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    2. Thank you! I will check out the Frennch goodies. You are the meaning of lovely. Happy new year x

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    3. Talika (french brand) has a very good serum for the boobies ;-)

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  12. Acid toning what's ok to use? P50, clarins, ren? Also Alpha H LQ as treatments 2x per week?

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  13. Ever since i got pregnant my scalp has been itchy/flaky/red/bumpy…. (TMI?) Never had this problem before. I haven't changed my shampoo, have never dyed my hair… I can't spray Serozinc on it, can I? LOL
    Please share your wisdom with me! :)

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    1. Yes of course you can if you need to! Try switching to SLS free shampoos. The scalp is still skin and prone to all the same problems as your face. SADLY!

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    2. Thank you so much, I'll give that a go!

      I wish you and your family all the best in 2015 x

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    3. Ooh Serozinc for scalp ... that *is* a good Idea!!

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    4. Whatever works Dude. WHATEVER.WORKS.

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    5. *pops can of serozinc into workbag*

      oh btw, as a doctor in training I hereby solemny swear I will not prescribe antibiotics to every spotty teenager that walks trough my door, unlike some dermatologists. you have really changed my view on all things skin!

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    6. Hi Jo!

      YAY! So happy. :) Not ALL doctors do it - it's just the first port of call for a LOT of them. :)

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  14. What can I do for terrible dry lips. They are cracked and bleeding. My whole face is just super dehydrated. Use oil balm cleanser and cloth. Lots of water etc. Thanks for your advice! Love your blog!

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    1. That baby is taking/has taken all the moisture out of you! :)
      Drink plenty of water - plenty - especially if you're feeding. Try a pint on the hour every hour.
      Layer an oil under a good lip balm.
      Any facial oil and something like Blistex relief Cream which is my go-to when my lips are falling off. x

      http://www.superdrug.com/Blistex/Blistex-Relief-Cream-5g/p/512958?ds_e_ad_type=pla&gclid=CImrturm9cICFanMtAodlw8AMg&gclsrc=aw.ds#.VKbREiusXng

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    2. Many thanks (:

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  15. Stretchmarks post-partum. All brands seem to say they reduce or clear them, but who do we believe? Which are the best products that will nourish the skin to help them fade, please? Love from Deborah xx

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    1. They can only be helped if they are still red/pink. If they are skin coloured you need a doc and a laser/and or knife. (EEEWWW)
      Assuming they are 'fresh', keep them completely moisturised 24/7 - am and pm without fail - I used Clarins Tonic Oil personally - and that did the job. others have had success with Mio. I also whacked some cheaper vitamin a face cream ALL OVER THEM LIKE A MANIAC when i did get some small ones. Ultimately, it's down to your genes, the size of your babies (mine were ginormous) and your care of the pregnancy belly during the growth period. it really is prevention rather than cure.

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    2. Hey Caroline - would you still recommend the Clarins Oil? Just now starting a small bump, so looking more at prevention than treatment for now. Have just been putting my regular body moisturizer all over, but I think I want something a bit more heavy duty for the belly area :)

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  16. Sorry thought of another question!!! Stretch Marks - is Bio Oil worth it, or is it one of those things that we have to accept and not much can be done to improve the appearance of them?

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    1. I'm not a fan but I know people that are. It's basically mineral oil. It does, however, have retinyl palmitate in it (vit a) so should technically be helpful. Also again disproves the whole 'can't use ANY retinol products whilst pregnant' as that range is very cleverly marketed almost entirely towards pregnant/post pregnant women. :)

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  17. What are your thoughts on using creams with urea in them during pregnancy. I have read conflicting things but have heard that they can benefit those of us with dry skin? Thanks Caroline!

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    1. Hi Erin,

      In smaller doses in over the counter body creams it's perfectly fine and in larger doses it would state to avoid anyway. it's in most heavy body moisturisers found in chemists/supermarkets.

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    2. Thank you Caroline!

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  18. Happy New Year Caroline!
    My skin feels super sensitive and paper thin. Cheeks and eye area full of milia and skin coloured bumps mainly on my chin and forehead.
    I cleanse with the Clinique balm, alternate with REN clay cleanser or rose balm with a flannel. REN acid toner pm and Clarins acid toner twice a week. Estee Lauder Advanced night repair pm followed by my moisturiser.
    And that puffiness... :)

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    1. ANR won't do anything for you. It's pure silicone and could be causing the bumps. I'd also switcvh out the ren cleansers and switch to coconut oil for a while. Neither of those toners will do the job, one is too weak (REN) and one is too strong (Clarins) for daily use.
      Switch to first aid beauty pads and put our moisturiser on top or underneath this: http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/tata-harper-replenishing-nutrient-complex.html (I'm about to blog this BIG TIME so you may want to buy it now) :)

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    2. I purchased ANR after reading your review back in July... :(

      Thank you for your recommendations, I'll give them a go!
      All the best for you and your lovely family! xxx




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    3. KEEP IT for after the problem dies down. It just won't do much for you at the moment.

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    4. Lady Hirons you are a treasure!

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  19. Hi Caroline!

    Since having my daughter nearly 8 months ago, my eyelids have been really dry, red and itchy. My doctor first said it was eczema, then a fungal infection. Both creams haven't worked and now I have it on my hands and it's painful! Is there anything I can use to help settle my eyelids in particular? I know the real answer is to clean up my diet but if there are any creams that might help?! Also my face is an oil slick and my foundation just slides off. It was combination before but now I get the crazy chin spots from the depths... What to do?!! Thanks!

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    1. Read this: http://www.carolinehirons.com/search/label/perioral%20dermatitis - if it's not that then its possibly stress eczema.
      Your hormones are still all over the gaff. Get some serious omega action going on, and make sure you are acid'ing (that is SO a word) and oiling. :)

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    2. Think it might be stress eczema as I have neck and headache problems too :/
      I use first aid beauty pads daily and liquid gold a couple of times a week... But will get on some omega supplements!
      Thanks so much and happy new year!!x

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  20. I've been wanting to add hydraluron to my routine... should I wait till after?
    Also what do you recommend for a cold sore woke up with a big bright red sore one this morning (dry lips is my trigger)
    Thank you Beauty God Mother!
    BecomingIris

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    1. God no get on with it. Under your moisturiser.
      See comment above for lips question - Blistex!

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  21. Hi, love the blog!
    Any recommendations for body acne during pregnancy (in my 4th month of 1st pregnancy)?? Face has cleared up massively while pregnant but my upper back/ back of neck/ chest and shoulders look like a war zone (blackheads/ painful cystic acne and scarring). Have tried using what worked for my face (cutting out foam, using a balm cleanser instead, acid toning and nourishing serums/ oils) with little success. Went to my GP but she told me to tough it out and maybe it will settle down postpartum. Feeling a bit like a circus freak at this point!

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    1. Are you having a boy? All that raging testosterone. :)
      Not much you can do except: omegas (supplements), sls-free shampoos and body products and maybe try some very light aha body products. nip & Fab and Soap & Glory both make them. She's right in a way though - you can't really go heavy with the vitamin a stuff until afterwards. :(

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    2. I am supplementing with omegas but had horrific morning sickness for the first trimester so I doubt much of it was absorbed (TMI, apologies!). Maybe things will improve since the sickness has settled. Thanks so much for the product recommendations.

      Incidentally I am having TWIN boys. Go figure!! I blame the other half, he's a twin.

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    3. See? I'm never wrong. Little sods. HA!

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    4. The Hirons is never wrong!

      The little sods had better be worth it! Thanks again. x

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  22. Also, what acid exfoliation might you recommend for pregnancy? I have never used anything like glycolic with the exception of facials but my skin is so flaky right now it is driving me mad. Been drinking as much water as possible and using the Lush Eau Roma toner, boots organic eye cream(the purple one), and elemis pro collagen marine cream. I'm sure a good serum would help too?

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    1. use any of the exfoliating acids mentioned above in all the comments and add hydraluron underneath your moisturiser. It may sting at first if you're really dry - word of warning!

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  23. Last one (I promise!) - can we use your Facial Massage for Cleansing/Post-Cleansing - Cheat Sheet during pregnancy?

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  24. Hey Caroline, first of all let me just say, I think your awesome. All your knowledge of skincare is just amazing =) So onto this clinic post - trying to get pregnant. Want to know what skincare is safe to use during pregnancy. I'm big on skincare routines, love cleansers, toners, face oils and serums! I have pretty acne prone skin, so I'm terrified to see whats going to happen to my face. Would love your advise. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Nadia, you came in just in time - basically read all of the above - you can use pretty much anything unless it is a really strong vitamin a product - which would always be written on the box.
      Good Luck!

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    2. Thanks Caroline. Oh haha, now the clinic is closed! I'm definitely going to look into the sarah chapman overnight facial. I love her products. Hopefully its in the US. Thanks again =) happy new years!

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  25. Caroline,
    Thank you so very much for your time and effort. Your wisdom, insight and straight-talking common sense is both refreshing and inspirational. I am really grateful for all your help and kindness (I think I would look 10 years older without you). You truly are the Beauty God Mother!
    Thank you!
    BecomingIris

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  26. Thanks for your response re fresh stretch marks....! Deborah xx

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  27. Hi caroline
    Which product from my list that save for breastfeeding mother.. Thank you for your answer
    Sunday riley juno
    Sunday riley luna
    Sunday riley good genes
    Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate
    Esteee lauder advance night repair
    Thank you so much for your answer..❤️

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