Pregnancy is an exciting and wonderful time for us as women but a challenging time for our skin. I want to address some of the most common skin issues I see in my clients during pregnancy and what you can do about them. As always, feel free to ask me your questions in the comment section and post your own thoughts or experiences. I love hearing from you!
Common skin issues for pregnant women
- Melasma: A form of hyperpigmentation that is characterized by tan or brown patches, which 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 that is responsible for color pigment. Pregnancy causes excess melanin production.
- Stretch Marks: Occur during or after pregnancy and are caused by the skin becoming abnormally stretched and expanded for a period of time
- Acne: Inflamed or infected “sebaceous” glands.
- Dryness: Hormonal changes can decrease oil production
Professional Treatments For Acne and Dryness:
- Dermaplaning: This is an exfoliating treatment performed using a scalpel to "shave" away the outermost layers of the skin. Perfect for treating both acne and dryness as removing the superficial dead layer of skin will help unclog pores as well as allow for greater hydration.
- SilkPeel Microdermabrasion: A more sophisticated microdermabrasion treatment that simultaneously exfoliates with a diamond tip while infusing corrective serums. For my pregnant clients I use their Hyalouronic Acid serum to hydrate the skin. This is effective for both acne and dryness caused by pregnancy. It's important to hydrate your skin, especially if you are breaking out. If you dry your skin out, you will cause an over production of oil, making your acne worse.
- Oxygen Therapy: A pressurized stream of oxygen to deliver an active set of ingredients directly into the skin to instantly brighten, plump and hydrate. It kills bacteria and reduces inflammation to help kill acne causing bacteria, while infusing hydrating serums to moisturize the skin.
- Lactic acid: Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). AHAs are acids derived from foods, and are a type of acid that's safe to apply to our skin while pregnant. Citric acid, for example, from citrus fruits is an alpha hydroxy acid.
- Microneedling: Microneedling is a non invasive highly effective procedure that has 2 main benefits: it stimulates collagen production to plump and firm skin and; increases absorption of active ingredients by 90%. This treatment is super effective for severely dry pregnant skin by driving hydrating ingredients deeper into the skin. Microneedling can also help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. This procedure should never be use on acneic skin.
Things to stay away from
- Salicylic acid: This is a great to kill bacteria and exfoliate the skin, but when used in a high concentration for professional peels it is considered a risk when if you are pregnant.
- Vitamin A – Though there are many opinions about this out there, more recent studies have shown that an excess of it during pregnancy could lead to an increased risk for birth defects. Of course there is some Vitamin A in the food that we eat, and even in pre-natal pills. But the amount found in our food should be more than enough.
- Aluminum chloride hexahydrate: This chemical is often found in antiperspirant, but has been recently proven to increase the risks of cancer. Be sure to check the ingredients in your antiperspirant for aluminum chloride!
- Dihydroxyacetone: Also known as DHA – this is the active ingredient in sunless tanners. Though many of these products are advertised as safe, it is always better to avoid putting any extra chemicals on your skin that don’t belong – especially during pregnancy.
What Are Safe Home Care Options?
Stackedskincare has many products that are safe and highly effective to use during pregnancy – check out our pregnancy safe products! To treat acne, our deep-sea mineral peel and EGF Activating Serum is the perfect combo to kill bacteria, speed up healing and gently exfoliate your skin. For those who are suffering from dryness, try our deep sea mineral peel paired with our HA Hydrating serum and microroller, the perfect stack to plump and hydrate!
One thing to note, women who have darker skin tones should avoid using our roller device while pregnant as it could lead to hyperpigmentation. It’s very unlikely, but good to be cautious!
You can also read our Top 12 Acne Preventing Tips for more info on how to combat acne while pregnant. Please note not all suggestion are pregnancy safe.