Acne can be a symptom of hormonal sensitivity, so can flare up during pregnancy.
If you're suffering it may be worth trying products containing glycolic acid.
Glycolic acid is a pregnancy-safe alpha hydroxy acid, which lightly exfoliates, clears pore-blocking dead skin and helps regulate oil production.
My advice would always be to simplify your routine, ditch any harsh foaming cleansers, muslin cloths, and cleansing brushes.
Try a glycolic-based face wash once or twice daily.
Moisturiser is also crucial - if you let acne-prone skin dry out, it will breakout.
It's even worth investing in a serum containing hyaluronic acid or glycerin.
The real key to any skin care routine is persistence. Spots can be very distressing, and you want them gone fast, but unfortunately it may take a few months to see an improvement.
In the meantime I can't stress enough how important it is to not pick at your skin, or to try and 'dry out' your spots.
Let the products do the work at clearing blemishes.
The infection found in blemishes wants to come out of the surface of the skin. If you pick at it when it’s not ready to come out, you’ll only scar the skin and leave a discolored mark. And, if you dry it out immediately with a spot treatment, the resulting dry skin cells will only make it harder for the infection to surface, resulting in a possibly bigger blemish that lingers longer.
The key is to leave the pimple alone and avoid touching the skin until the infection has organically reached the surface - usually one to three days after the blemish first appears.
It's also worth considering supplementation. I have no doubt in my mind that consuming large quantities of fish oil has improved my skin no end.
Another amazing pregnancy safe supplement to consider is Tejaswini Ayurvedic Skincare Capsules -which I wrote about here.
If you're really suffering and none of the above is helping, read about my pregnancy-acne journey here, and how I turned to benzoyl peroxide to help.
I used Obagi Therapeutic Lotion Benzoyl Peroxide 5% - truly amazing stuff - throughout my pregnancy and still now, even whilst breastfeeding, with no adverse effects.
If in doubt always consult your GP or Midwife!