Pregnancy comes with an array of hormonal changes and these can affect your skin.
For some women, this creates a ravishing glow and for others it causes things like dryness and acne.
When you are pregnant, you will likely need to adjust your skin care routine so that you can account for the changes that are happening.
None of the changes are drastic, but they are necessary to keep your skin as healthy and clear as possible for the next nine months.
Acne During Pregnancy
It is not uncommon to breakout when you are pregnant, especially around your chin and mouth. It is important that you treat all breakouts immediately, as well as the surrounding skin, or else they are just going to get worse.
The tricky part is finding a product that is safe when you are pregnant because you have to avoid the three primary anti-acne ingredients, including salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and retinoids.
Look for products that contain alpha hydroxyl acids or glycolic acid. These are safe during pregnancy and will still fight your acne. You can also explore sulphur-based products as these are also safe during pregnancy.
If your acne is very severe, you may need to consult your dermatologist for something stronger than what you can get over-the-counter.
Two prescription options that are safe during pregnancy include azelaic acid and erythromycin. They work to dry up pimples and kill the bacteria that is responsible for the breakout.
Dry Skin During Pregnancy
Women can have drier skin when they are pregnant, leading to the skin cracking, flaking and peeling. To combat this, you have to use the right moisturisers at the right intervals each day.
If the skin on your face is dry, you want to find a moisturiser that contains no oils or alcohol. You can also use fresh aloe to moisturise and protect your skin. You should apply your moisturiser day and night to alleviate dry skin.
If the skin on your body is dry, you want to use a thick moisturiser that contains emollients. This will hydrate your skin and seal in moisture. You should apply lotion to your body after bathing and an addition one to three times daily, depending on how dry your skin is.
Oily Skin During Pregnancy
For some women, their sebaceous glands start to work overtime when they are pregnant.
The best way to control the excess oil is to wash your face in the morning and at night and use witch hazel to remove and suppress excess oil.
It is important to not wash more frequently because this just encourages more oil.
Make sure that your moisturiser, makeup and other skin care products are oil-free to avoid applying more oil to your face.
Stretch Marks During Pregnancy
Every woman is at risk for stretch marks during pregnancy because your belly is constantly expanding to accommodate your growing baby.
Cocoa butter is a solid ingredient for helping to prevent stretch marks from occurring. You should start applying this to your belly, buttocks and thighs as soon as you know that you are pregnant. This prepares your skin and keeps it hydrated so that you reduce your risk of stretch marks.
There is a chance that as you go throughout your pregnancy, your skin will change more and this means that you have to change your skin care routine more than once.
For example, some women notice that their skin is more oily later in their pregnancy so they need to start using products that will alleviate this oil to prevent acne and clogged pores.
Just pay attention to your skin and make the necessary changes as you need to for the best control over your skin.