How To Maintain Healthy Skin Safely During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is an exciting and wonderful time, but can bring with it either an amazing new glow or some unexpected skin challenges. Every woman’s body is different and it’s hard to predict how your skin is going to react to the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. Luckily, we’re here to help guide you along the way. Here’s a quick primer on some need-to-know pregnancy skin knowledge.
Common skin issues for pregnant women:
- Melasma: A form of hyperpigmentation characterized by tan or brown patches that usually appear on the face. This condition is so common among pregnant women that it has been called "the mask of pregnancy." This type of discoloration is caused by an increase in melanin, the substance in the body responsible for skin pigment. Pregnancy can cause excess melanin production, triggering melasma.
- Stretch Marks: Stretch marks can occur during or after pregnancy and are caused by the skin rapidly stretching over a short period of time.
- Acne: Hormonal shifts can increase oil production and inflammation in the body, resulting in breakouts--especially on the cheeks and chin area.
- Dryness: Some women actually experience drier, duller, and more sensitive skin during pregnancy.
How to Treat Your Skin During Pregnancy
Many of our products are pregnancy-safe because we know how important it is to our clients to maintain the health and vitality of their skin.
For acne-prone skin: To treat acne, our organic Deep Sea Mineral Peel and EGF Activating Serum are the perfect combo to kill bacteria, speed up healing and gently exfoliate your skin. Both contain ingredients that are safe for mama and baby. You can also safely use our Dermaplaning Tool while pregnant to shave away unwanted dead skin cells and facial hair.
For dry skin: For those who are suffering from dryness, try our Deep Sea Mineral Peel paired with our HA Hydrating Serum and Micro-Roller, the perfect stack to plump and hydrate. You can also use our Dermaplaning Tool to shave away dull, dry skin cells and help your hydrating products sink in.
One thing to note: women who have darker skin tones should avoid microneedling while pregnant as it could trigger hormonal hyperpigmentation. (Darker skin is more prone to hyperpigmentation.) It’s very unlikely, but good to be cautious!
For stretch marks: The most important measure against stretch marks is prevention, as they can be challenging to lighten or remove once they show up. Keep skin elastic with moisturizers and body oils. These products will help your skin stretch with less trauma to the skin structures.
For melasma: Melasma is one of the most difficult skin conditions to prevent and treat because it is still challenging for dermatologists to pin down why some women experience it and some women don’t. The most important prevention step is to regularly apply sunscreen as sun exposure can make melasma far worse. Stay away from any lightening creams or serious measures until after you deliver baby. Some research has shown that skin trauma can trigger melasma, so focus on using gentle and hydrating products if you’re prone to hyperpigmentation. No scrubs!
Things to stay away from:
- Salicylic acid: Salicylic acid is a great ingredient for killing bacteria and exfoliating the skin, but it is considered a risk if you are pregnant.
- Retinol & Vitamin A: Though there are many opinions about this ingredient, recent studies have shown that an excess of vitamin A during pregnancy could lead to an increased risk for birth defects.
- Aluminum chloride hexahydrate: This chemical is often found in antiperspirant, but has been shown to have potentially carcinogenic effects. Be sure to check the ingredients in your deodorant.
- Dihydroxyacetone: Also known as DHA, this is the active ingredient in sunless tanners. Though many of these products are advertised as pregnancy-safe, some scientists have raised warning flags about the safety of this ingredient for pregnant women. Inhaling DHA (as you unavoidably do when you’re getting a spray tan) has been shown to disrupt DNA.