It’s no secret that pregnancy brings about a variety of physical changes, but many women are surprised when their skin changes, too. While some women experience the famous “pregnancy glow” due to hormonal changes and increased blood flow, others may struggle to manage new challenges like acne breakouts, pigmentation changes, dryness, and increased sensitivity. Here are a few points to consider as you build your pregnancy-safe skincare routine.
Make an Appointment With Your Dermatologist
Before you make any changes to your typical skincare routine, it’s important that you make an appointment with your dermatologist. They can provide personalized advice based on your unique needs, medical history, and any specific concerns, and take into account any potential pregnancy-specific contradictions or sensitivities.
Simplify Your Skincare Routine
Your complexion may already be changing due to hormonal fluctuations. To avoid overwhelming your skin, stick to only the most essential steps in your skincare routine. This can include:
- Cleansing: Opt for a mild, soap-free cleanser to gently remove impurities without stripping away natural oils.
- Moisturizing: Hydrating your skin is essential during pregnancy. Choose a fragrance-free moisturizer with ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ceramides which help retain moisture and maintain skin elasticity.
- Sun Protection: Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is crucial. Use a broad-spectrum, pregnancy-safe sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Look for physical blockers like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, as they are considered safe during pregnancy.
Avoid Harmful Ingredients
Certain skincare ingredients are best avoided during pregnancy due to their potential risks. These include retinoids (such as retinol and isotretinoin), salicylic acid (in high concentrations), and hydroquinone. Always read product labels carefully and opt for brands that are transparent about their ingredient list. If you have questions or concerns about the effects of a specific product or ingredient, don’t hesitate to call your dermatologist.
Addressing Specific Concerns
- Acne: Use gentle, pregnancy-safe cleansers and topical spot treatments recommended by your dermatologist.
- Melasma: Protect your skin from the sun, as exposure can worsen melasma. Consider using a pregnancy-safe skin brightening cream with ingredients like vitamin C or niacinamide to help reduce the appearance of dark patches.
- Stretch Marks: Keep your skin well-hydrated with regular moisturization. Look for products containing ingredients like cocoa butter or vitamin E. While these may not prevent stretch marks entirely, they can help improve skin elasticity.
At the Dermatology Center of Acadiana, our mission is to provide patients with expert dermatologic care in a comfortable and welcoming office environment. Experience the difference that our skilled and friendly staff makes to your skincare experience and dermatological services when you schedule an appointment at (337) 235-6886.