Every part of the body goes through changes when you are pregnant and SKIN is no exception. Skin changes occur in about 90% of pregnant women in one form or another due to the surge of hormones.
This pregnancy glow we all hear and talk about is not a myth. Blood volume increases during pregnancy by almost 50%, so vascular changes such as flushing and inflammation are not a big surprise. The increased circulation of blood to the body’s tissues causes the cheeks to take on a blush-like appearance. Not only do rosey cheeks come about, sebaceous glands may produce increased secretions, giving the skin an oily shine.
Pregnant women may also experience acne and hyperpigmentation. However, just because there is a bun in the oven does not mean Mom has to accept wrinkles, brown spots or breakouts!
That is why, here at New Skin Esthetics skin therapists are ready to adjust a client’s skin care and treatments according to pregnancy precautions and contraindications. By performing a thorough consultation and skin analysis, we can properly reevaluate the current skin care regimen and help the Mom to be safely achieve her skin care goals.
Here are a few safe and simple skin care guidelines to follow:
THE PREGNANCY MASK
Melasma – most common change with pregnancy, irregularly shaped light or dark brown patches of hyperpigmentation. Melasma affects nearly 70% of pregnant women. The hormonal combo of estrogen, progesterone and melanocyte stimulating hormone can cause the discoloration. Usually found on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip and chin.
- Melasma cannot be prevented, but the intensity can be minimized by using brightening serums, proper exfoliation and limiting exposure to UV rays. For safe product treatments try Image Skincare Organic Line “Ormedic” Ormedic Balancing Anti-oxidant Serum: https://www.imageskincare.com/collections/ormedic/products/ormedic-balancing-anti-oxidant-serum , for safe exfoliation use lactic acid to resurface and brighen the skin. Daily use of an SPF is a must. Nothing lower than a 30. Try Image Skincare Prevention line: https://www.imageskincare.com/collections/prevention/products/prevention-daily-ultimate-protection-moisturizer-spf50-3-2oz . Avoid using anything with hydroquinone during pregnancy. Due to its substantial absorption-rate, the risk of cellular toxicity is too great.
ROSACEA, ECZEMA AND PSORIASIS
Rosacea, Eczema and Psoriasis – During pregnancy your client is predisposed to these three conditions which can be triggered due to stress. Symptoms can worsen for some while improve for others during pregnancy. Be aware of rashes, dry skin and general itchiness potentially coming and going.
- Be kind to your skin. A gentle skincare would be best. Mild gel/cream cleansers such as Image Skincare Organic Line “Ormedic” Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser: https://www.imageskincare.com/collections/ormedic/products/ormedic-balancing-facial-cleanser . Avoid harsh scrubs and exfoliation. Heat and friction may instigate inflammatory responses.
Acne – While some women may celebrate their acne clearing up during the pregnancy others may experience an increase in acne lesions. The influx of hormones can stimulate the sebaceous glands and the sweat glands, resulting in more perspiration ad breakouts. With an increase in sebum the skin becomes oilier, follicles are blocked and acne nay appear on the face, chest and back.
- Keep skin clear and free by opting for an oil-absorbing exfoliant and lotion like Image Skincare Clear Cell Facial Scrub: https://www.imageskincare.com/collections/benzoyl-peroxide/products/clear-cell-medicated-acne-facial-scrub-4oz , and Image Skincare Clear Cell Lotion: https://www.imageskincare.com/collections/benzoyl-peroxide/products/clear-cell-medicated-acne-lotion – which have low concentrations of Benzoyl Peroxide which soem doctors approve. High levels of Salicylic acid are definitely no-nos. However, low levels to spot treat are ok!
- RETINOIDS – Expectant mothers should avoid!! These powerful substances help reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone, but some studies have shown high doses of Vitamin A during pregnancy can be harmful to an unborn child. Prescription retinoids and oral retinoids are known to cause birth defects.