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Friday, 27 January 2012 21:51

Ways To Keep Skin Healthy During Pregnancy

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Here are some common skin problems that pregnant women face and their solutions.

Oily Skin, Breakouts and Acne
Hormones change and increase during pregnancy which can cause oil gland production to increase and cause oilier skin and breakouts. Changing up your skin care regime can help to control these breakouts. The key to successful skin is not to pick at any blemish which will help prevent scaring.

Pregnancy Mask
Also called melisma and chlosma, is an increase in skin pigmentation that causes the skin to get darker in areas of the face. Usually it appears on the forehead and cheeks.

Pregnancy mask is also caused by increase in hormones during pregnancy. During this time it is very important to stay out of the sun and to use sun block – sun exposure can increase the appearance of pigmentation.

Broken Capillaries
These dilated capillaries (tiny dilated blood vessels) are caused by an increase in blood circulation. They usually appear on the face, neck and chest during the last trimester. It is important to limit sun exposure in these regions during pregnancy. The effects usually disappear shortly after delivery; if not, your dermatologist can do laser treatments.

Stretch Marks
Stretch marks appear as pinkish streaks running down your abdomen and/or breast. A lotion with vitamin E may help, but keeping the area hydrated and lubricated can help with minimizing the appearance.

Sensitive Skin
The skin is more sensitive during pregnancy so use simple products and always wear a good sunscreen. The skin is more sensitive to the sun and has a greater chance of getting dark spots on the face. Try to avoid sun exposure, and always wear a hat when in the sun.

Lancer recommends getting facials every three to four weeks and to use the following products during pregnancy. He also suggests that women avoid the following products during pregnancy:

  • Hydroquinone a skin lightening product;
  • Unfortunately, pregnancy often induces darkening
    of the skin, but wait until after pregnancy before
    considering any skin lightening treatments.
  • Tretinoen/ Retin-A used for acne, pigmentation
    and anti-aging;
  • Topical creams that contain tretinoin should
    be avoided.

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