Mom-to-be? Here’s Pregnancy Skin Care Advice For You!

pregnancy skin care advice

Whether you’re trying to conceive, or you’re pregnant, or you’re already a mommy, you tend to be fragile, you need extra care! There’s a whole life happening/happened within you! But all good things come at a cost. Pregnancy comes with its share of challenges. Not just what goes into your body, but what you put onto your face matters too. Pregnancy causes a major hormonal change in your body, which may affect your skin.

Top 3 Skin problems a pregnant woman may face.

  • Acne

When you’re pregnant, your body undergoes hormonal changes, which results in increased skin sensitivity and oil excretion. Sometimes, your skin dries up too. All these skin conditions become a breeding ground for acne.

  • Pigmentation

Pregnancy results in excessive production of melanin in your skin, due to this, dark or brown patches may appear near your forehead, upper lips, cheekbones, etc.

  • Stretch marks

During pregnancy, you feel like carrying a whole world inside you, don’t you? Your body expands to make room for your child, often resulting in stretch marks. Although the skin is usually fairly elastic, when it is overstretched, it leaves marks behind.

But the good news is that these changes will last for the utmost 9 months and your skin normally returns to its original appearance post-pregnancy. Pregnancy is the beginning of all new things. 

Note: If you’re in the post-pregnancy phase, you may be losing a lot of hair. However, it’s a temporary condition that usually corrects itself by your little one’s first birthday.

Taking good care of your skin during pregnancy requires patience, and it may not be easy, but it’s worth it!

5 Important pregnancy skin care advice to follow 

Regularly use a cleanser, sunscreen, moisturizer, etc, to maintain your skin’s health. Use products with fewer chemicals. Visit a dermatologist during pregnancy to find out what to and what not to use.

  • Never forget to moisturize your skin

Stretch marks can be avoided by moisturizing your skin well. Moisturizing skin reduces itchiness and soothes the dry skin caused by pregnancy. Moisturize your entire body, especially knees, elbows, nipples, etc, and other easily drying areas.

  • Consult dermatologists before you go through any harsh skin treatments.

One facial/month is fine but avoid heat therapies. So NO to treatments that involve electric current, high usage of chemicals, and that causes pain. Consult a dermatologist before you need to get one done.

  • Avoid sun exposure, apply sunscreen whenever necessary

Your skin during pregnancy may not deal well with the sun. It’s better not to step out without sunscreen, especially during your pregnancy, as your skin is more sensitive to the sun at this time. Wear protective hats, sunglasses, etc., for better protection against the sun.

  • Do not self-medicate any of your skin concerns including acne.

Some anti-acne creams should be avoided during pregnancy, even if there is a sudden breakout of acne. It can cause birth defects during your pregnancy. Get advice from skin experts as to what and what not to apply on your skin during pregnancy.

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Dr Jisha Gomez

She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.