A woman’s skin goes through multiple changes, internally as well as externally over the course of a pregnancy.
Skin problems to anticipate during Pregnancy:
- Acne breakouts are common during pregnancy due to hormonal shifts.
Remedy: Regular deep cleansing that use gentle products can go a long way in maintaining an unblemished complexion.
- Skin Darkening, technically known as melasma gravidarum or chloasma often leads to dark patches on the skin.
Remedy: This is a hormonal increase in melanin. Use a proper SPF sunscreen lotion to protect your skin. You can apply mineral-based natural medicines or light moisturizers.
Rice or citrus cleansers have natural bleaching properties that can lighten dark pigment when applied to affected areas.
General tips for skin care during pregnancy:
- Exercise, good nutrition and a proper skin regiment can help to alleviate the minor discomforts of pregnancy.
- Eat organic food and use organic products and go for 100 per cent natural skincare.
- Harsh chemicals are to be avoided completely.
- During pregnancy some skin becomes oily and some more dry than usual. Treat yourself according to your skin nature.
Some useful tips:
- Good skin cleansing is the first step to a balanced and healthy skin. Use a mild cleanser to wash your face twice a day (foaming cleanser if you have more oily skin or milky for normal to dry skin).
- Exfoliate your skin a few times a week.
- If your skin is breaking out, try using witch hazel astringent and clay mask to keep your pores clean and tight.
- A dab of tea tree oil or organic white vinegar will keep away blemishes.
- Your skin is also more sensitive to the sun, especially during the second trimester (brownish or yellowish patches). So, a good sun-screen lotion is needed with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. It also keeps your skin glowing with radiance.
- Try natural mineral based make-up or tinted moisturizers to help your skin shine with health.
Care for your skin to prevent stretch marks:
- Gain only the recommended amount of weight (usually 25-35 pounds), and do it slowly.
- Eat healthy and exercise.
- Although most stretching occurs in the later part of a pregnancy period, it is important to nourish and lubricate these areas in the earlier stages, especially if you are prone to dry, itchy skin.
- Natural emollients such as oils and belly butters that are rich in essential fatty acids and natural antioxidants should be applied daily to stomach, breasts, buttocks and thighs.
- Organic cocoa and Shea butters are superb natural skin care products that lessen stretch marks and soften the skin for a radiant glow.
- Use only mild, sulfate-free soaps when washing.
- Avoid hot showers or baths to prevent dryness of the skin.
Some ingredients to avoid:
Do not use any medicated creams that contain:
- AHA (glycolic acid)
- Salicylic acid
- Benzoyl peroxide