Skincare Tips for Pregnant Women

Pregnant woman holding her belly in a bathing suitPregnancy affects just about every part of a woman’s body, including her skin. If you are expecting, it’s important to take a close look at your skincare routine and eliminate harsh or harmful products, while incorporating steps in your regimen that address new concerns that arise as you await your little one. Start with these tips for healthy skin during pregnancy.

Cleanse Gently

Skin can be more sensitive during pregnancy, so choose a gentle face wash that will remove dirt and debris without stripping moisture. Cleanse no more than twice a day (morning and night) to prevent skin from getting overly dry. Many women prefer fragrance-free soap to avoid triggering morning sickness. Follow up with a non-medicated toner and an oil-free moisturizer.

Use Sun Protection

Shielding your complexion from UV rays is always important, so make sure your pregnancy routine includes a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least 30 SPF. Apply the formula every day, since you can even suffer sun damage in cloudy weather or from behind your car’s windshield. Sun protection also helps prevent or diminish the symptoms of melasma, a condition that causes hyperpigmentation of the face during pregnancy. If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned about melasma, wear a wide-brimmed hat while spending time in the sun.

Banish Breakouts

Pregnancy hormones can lead to increased oil production, which can cause unwanted blemishes. Although formulas with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or retinoids may be your first line of defense against acne, the Food and Drug Administration does not qualify these products as safe for expectant mothers and their babies. Instead, switch to acne-fighting formulas that contain witch hazel, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), or glycolic acid. Check with your obstetrician to make sure your skincare selections are recommended for use by pregnant women.

Consider Mineral Makeup

Does your favorite foundation suddenly cause an unwanted rash? Is your blush making you break out? If your skin has become sensitive to certain cosmetics during pregnancy, mineral makeup could be a lifesaver. These products are often free of irritating ingredients, so they rarely cause uncomfortable reactions. What’s more, they add another layer of sun protection thanks to the inclusion of zinc and titanium.

If you aren’t sure where to start with your new skincare routine, contact the team at The Dermatology Clinic for an appointment to learn more. We can recommend a safe, effective regimen to help address your pregnancy-related skin issues as well as other complexion concerns.

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