Your body changes from head to toe during pregnancy, and your skin is particularly susceptible to certain issues. The problem is that when women get pregnant, pampering themselves isn’t as high up on the list as it would be otherwise. Luckily, most skin conditions resolve themselves shortly after delivery; however, it’s still important for a mother-to-be to know what potential issues she faces and to use skin-safe products while pregnant. Here are some common skin issues during pregnancy and the pregnancy safe products you can use to treat your skin.
Melasma, the darkening of the skin on a pregnant woman’s face, can be concealed with makeup that has white and yellow undertones, and wearing sunscreen can prevent further darkening of skin in the sun. Pregnant women can also use prescription products containing azleaic acid and topical vitamin C to suppress skin pigmentation, and soy-based sunscreens may help lighten the skin.
Many pregnant women also experience stretch marks on their skin, minor tears that allow the skin to stretch, typically during the sixth or seventh month of pregnancy. While research hasn’t found a surefire cure to managing stretch marks, moisturizer can improve the appearance and reduce itchiness, while sunless tanner can camouflage the marks. Around 90% of women experience stretch marks during pregnancy, and this is the part that can last the longest after delivery.
During the final trimester a lot of the real fun happens. And finally, increased blood circulation during the third trimester might cause puffiness in the face and eyelids, especially in the morning. Treat it at home with ice and cold packs, along with increased vitamin and mineral consumption and the use of an eye cream with aloe and vitamin E.
In general, pregnant women should avoid using retinoids and salicylic acid. Retinoids are commonly found in anti-aging moisturizers, but they contain high doses of vitamin A, which can lead to birth defects. Salicylic acid, meanwhile, is found in many cosmetic and acne products, and it has also been shown to cause birth defects and pregnancy complications when high doses are taken orally. It is always better to be safe, there are many other things to worry about.