There is no question that pregnancy affects and changes the condition of your skin. This is because of changes to hormones and blood flow. Thankfully there are many quality products with specific ingredients that can help eliminate or greatly reduce the impact of pregnancy on your skin.
For the purpose of this blog post, we have highlighted key conditions and listed applicable product ingredients to look for when caring for your skin while pregnant. As well, we have listed additional basic steps to further alleviate these conditions where applicable.
Body Acne & Blemishes
An increase in the hormone androgen can cause the glands in your skin to produce more sebum (oil), which in turn will make your skin feel greasier and increases the appearance of acne. Women typically experience their worst breakouts during the first trimester of pregnancy.
To take care of acne while pregnant, look for these ingredients in products:
- Salicylic acid (less than 2% concentration is recommended)
- Glycolic acid
Other treatment methods involve:
- Avoid extractions of acne as this will increase irritation and cause scarring.
- Keep yourself hydrated by drinking water
- Change your pillowcases and towels often
- If you apply make-up, use oil-free products that are labeled “non-comedogenic” or
Pregnancy affects the colour of your skin and is a very common condition with pregnant women. This is especially prevalent in women with darker skin tones. Changes in pigmentation is due to increased levels of oestrogen, progesterone and other hormones that stimulate pigment cells.
To reduce pigmentation while pregnant, look for these ingredients in products:
- Vitamin C
- Glycolic Acid
- Kojic Acid
Another method to decrease pigmentation is to reduce your time in the sun.
Generally, one fifth of pregnant women experience itchy skin. A common cause is because pregnancy exacerbates an underlying skin disorder, such as eczema or psoriasis.
To minimize or eliminate itchiness, look for these ingredients in products:
- Shea Butter
- Salicylic acid for psoriasis but avoid with eczema
Other tips to minimize itchiness include:
- Wear loose clothing
- Wear clothing made of natural fibres and are more breathable
The most common skin condition for pregnant women is stretch marks, with over 90% reporting this condition.
To manage stretch marks, look for these ingredients in products:
- Rosehip oil
- Vitamin E
- Wheat germ oil
- Almond oil
Towards the end of pregnancy or after delivery, these conditions often subside. If these conditions linger for longer or worsen, please consult a qualified dermatologist.