Top 3 Pregnancy Acne Treatments

Nothing screams “expectant mom” more than that quintessential pregnancy glow, right? Well, maybe in the movies (or certain Instagram filters), but in reality, a lot of us moms-to-be have a slightly different experience with our complexions, and as the first few weeks of pregnancy tick by, we start seeing glimpses of our pimply teenage selves staring back at us in the mirror. After coming to terms with our changing hormones, we’re tasked with remembering how to best clear up said pimples and quickly realize that a lot of acne treatments aren’t safe for pregnancy.

Stop panicking! We’ve rounded up three awesome pregnancy-safe acne treatments (salicylic acid-free) to help clear up that skin in no time. (And if you’re still waiting for that allusive pregnancy glow to kick in, give yourself a break and check out one of our favorite dewy tinted moisturizers or highlighters for a non-toxic glowy boost!)


What criteria did we use to select our top three pregnancy-safe picks? Learn about our process here


Mambino Organics Overnight Blemish Remedy

Why we love it:

Mambino Organics is a natural skincare line created by a Los Angeles-based esthetician who has worked with some well-known Hollywood faces like Katy Perry and Lisa Kudrow. Her pregnant clients inspired her to create a line of clean, toxin-free products that are safe to use during pregnancy. This fast-acting overnight spot treatment uses natural herbal ingredients like chamomile, lavender, and tea tree oil to blast away pimple-causing bacteria and clear up blemishes, whiteheads, and cystic acne – all while you sleep. We sell it in our Nurtured 9 Shop!


basq NYC Anti-Blemish Daily Cleanser

Why we love it:

basq NYC sells a number of pregnancy skin care products and boasts celeb clients like Jamie Lynn Sigler, Whitney Port, and Molly Sims. This clarifying face wash combines two natural astringents, oak root extract and tea tree oil, to gently draw out impurities. Green tea extract delivers antioxidants that nourish and tone while chamomile and cucumber soothe and refresh. Use daily to balance and clear up your complexion!


Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash & Acne Control Spot Treatment

Why we love it:

Belli Beauty’s physician-founded line of skincare focuses on ingredient safety and is specifically formulated for use during pregnancy. This anti-blemish dream team features both a facial wash and acne control spot treatment that work together to clean dirt and oil from pores, fight blemishes, and get your skin back in order.

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Looking for products to help you feel your absolute best during pregnancy? Visit The Nurtured 9 Pregnancy Shop for our expertly curated luxurious, natural, and non-toxic maternity essentials across beauty, mind, and body for a more comfortable, soothing, and all-around happier pregnancy.


Remember, every pregnancy is different, and we are not medical professionals, so if you’re concerned about any product we mention, please talk to your doctor to make sure you’re 100% comfortable with what you’re using on your body. We did our best to sort out what we feel are the best pregnancy-friendly options out there by conducting extensive research, including: talking with our own doctors, scouring the internet, sifting through product reviews, and chatting with other moms-to-be. We hope our research helps you find products that make you feel great!