Pregnancy is an exciting and wonderful time in a woman’s life, but not everyone experiences that perfect ‘pregnancy glow’ in fact with all the hormone and body changes, most women experience big changes in their skin too.
Re-evaluating your skin care regime prior (if possible) and during your pregnancy is paramount. Here are a few pregnancy skin care tips to help.
1. Avoid certain ingredients
Not all ingredients are safe to use during your pregnancy and breast-feeding period. Much like cutting out certain foods, we recommend avoiding products that contain:
- Retinol – Otherwise known as Vitamin A, RetinA or different Retinoids. Birth defects have been linked to retinoids in larger quantities and therefore, small or large doses, it is best avoided over this period.
- Hydroquinone – Known for it’s skin lightening properties and especially for treating pigmentation. The body is able to absorb significant quantities and therefore it could affect the fetus.
- Oxybenzone | Benzophenone – Usually found in cheaper sunblocks, this ingredient does a very good job at protecting against sun damage and absorbs UV rays, however, potential health and environmental damage is incurred. Therefore opt for a 100% mineral sunblock.
You probably don’t need to change your entire skin care routine or your preferred brand, but rather know the key ingredients within each product, re-evaluate and simplify.
2. Adjust your regime to address any skin changes and new concerns
The most common skin concerns include: increased sensitivity, acne or blemishes, pigmentation (melasma) or even very dry skin. Here are a few of our top product recommendations to address each concern.
- Increased sensitivity: This includes eczema, rosacea and highly reactive skin. Look at products to help strengthen the skin, build up your impaired barrier and calm the skin.
- Acne & Breakouts – Look at balancing sebum production and purifying the skin. An updated cleanser can make a big difference or opt for an oil free/ matte moisturiser.
- Melasma – This is a form of skin discoloration/ pigmentation caused by an imbalance in your hormones. It is difficult to treat during pregnancy due to hormonal fluctuations but generally isn’t permanent. Products with Vitamin C will help even skin tone and brighten your complexion, certain serums will help inhibit melanin production too.
- Dry Skin – Hydration and exfoliation are key. Look at introducing a richer moisturiser, exfoliator or additional serum into your regime.
- Wear Mineral Sunblock – The Heliocare 360 Pediatrics range is safe for both mom and baby (3 months+)
3. Change but don’t abstain from your skin treatments
It is important to inform your doctor or skin care therapist that your are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying to get pregnant, so they can adjust your treatment plan accordingly.
- Skin Peels – The only ones to avoid are Salicylic acid peels and Retinol peels. So great alternatives are Glycolic &/ or Lactic acid peels as well as the Green Peel and IS Clinical Fire & Ice Peel. They will help treat many of the above skin concerns and improve cell turnover.
- Micro-Needling – A safe resurfacing treatment that promotes collagen production and skin renewal. Micro-needling treatments are a great anti-ageing treatments that effectively treat acne, wrinkles and improve skin density and texture.
Treatments to avoid – Mainly due to lack of testing on pregnant patients and higher risks.
- Injectables – Botox/ Botulin Toxin & Dermal Fillers
- Radio Frequency Treatments – (RF) Often used for skin tightening
- IPL and Laser Treatments – Both laser hair removal and various laser skin treatments.
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