Pregnancy Skin Problems? Your 40-Week Skincare Fix
There’s a lot of talk about the pregnancy glow—fresh, dewy skin and a rosy glow. But with the raging hormones, your pregnancy “glow” can turn into a pregnancy “Oh-no!!” due to pregnancy acne, rashes, or dark blotches.
Truth is, acne is a hormone controlled condition, so it’s no wonder the hormonal surges of pregnancy can bring on high school levels of acne angst that you thought were long gong. In addition, oil glands respond to androgen, the male sex hormone that increases during pregnancy, too. This causes the oil glands to produce large quantities of oil called sebum, which clogs the opening of the oil gland and results in a "blackhead." “Yuck!
The good news is that most pregnancy-related skin care issues clear up after pregnancy. Umm, the bad news is that is up to 40 weeks away. In the meantime, there are many things you can do to combat skin issues throughout your pregnancy. First, let’s cover what to avoid. Salicylic acid, vitamin A, acne products, hair removers and minimizers and certain sunscreens are going to be definite no-no’s. Don’t use any acne medication without talking with your doctor first. Check out these skin-saving suggestions:
If you’re combating acne…
When you’re pregnant you should only use a mild facial cleanser. Although your doctor may not approve retinoids or salicylic acid, he or she may approve a less harsh solution of benzyl peroxide.I'm also a big fan of Basq Skincare products, during and after pregnancy.
If you’re combating the “mask of pregnancy”…
Melasma is a distressing pregnancy by-product and is characterized by light or dark brown patches on central facial area, such as the forehead, nose, and the lower part of the face or on the cheeks. In order to avoid melasma at it’s worst, you should wear sunscreen to protect your sensitive skin from the sun; exposure to the sun can further the darkening effects of melasma.
If you’re combating oily skin…
Wash your face more often—even two to three times a day. Use a foaming cleanser or oil-balancing soap, such as Neutrogena’s Facial Cleansing Bar. You can also exfoliate once a week or monthly.
Don't forget to always talk to your doctor before trying any new skincare routine.