You're not alone if your pregnancy glow has given way to pimples. Postpartum hormones can wreak havoc on your complexion, says dermatologist Barbara Reed, M.D., of the Denver Skin Clinic. Flare-ups usually disappear a few months after delivery, but until then:
Be gentle: Clean your skin twice a day with a mild cleanser, like Cetaphil or Eucerin. You can't scrub away acne, so don't even try.
Treat trouble spots: Use a product with benzoyl peroxide (such as Oxy Balance) or glycolic acid (DDF Glycolic Daily Cleansing Pads). Salicylic acid (Aveeno Correcting Treatment) is a good bet for sensitive skin but isn't recommended for nursing moms. Try a cream product if your skin is dry or sensitive and a gel if it's oily. If pimples persist, ask your doctor about topical or oral antibiotics. (Several are safe for nursing moms, too.)
Cover up: A tinted moisturizer (Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture or Jergens Natural Glow) or treatment (Clearasil) can help you save face.