What Type of Skincare Should You Use during Pregnancy?
When you are pregnant, a lot of changes occur in your body including your skin. Some of you get glowing skin while others end up having hyperpigmentation or patches of discoloration on face commonly called ‘melasma’.
They say you got ‘melasma’ when you are having a baby girl and a glowing skin while having a baby boy, because of the intermixing of hormones in both cases from the same and different sexes. But that’s not a science-based fact and is the only sort of a myth. But yes, all those changes can be attributed to your hormones acting differently in this period.
There are a lot of things which could help you in solving those problems. But also there are treatments and ingredients you have to give up to have a safer pregnancy.
Here’s a list of things which you should be doing and others which you shouldn’t.
The first thing which is going is retinol or retinoic acid or Vitamin A. It could have a toxic effect on the fetus.
Other chemicals that should go are salicylic acid, hydroquinone, and benzoyl peroxide.
The treatments which you should start avoiding a.s.a.p. include ‘top of the list’ Botox, laser treatments, fillers, certain chemical peels. Other group includes high-frequency treatments and micro currents. Hair dyes and teeth whiteners should also be avoided as far as possible.
There are no absolute studies and researches that can’t be done on pregnant women really but these all are listed as toxic in one way or another for developing baby and should be especially avoided during the first trimester and a part of the second trimester too.
And if you’ve been using the above-given ingredients for a long time and you came to know that you are pregnant then do get a medical checkup and ask for a doctor’s opinion about the situation.
You don’t need to be panicked by all the don’ts of skincare products. Because here for you are listed some of other products and treatments which you could use as you have to maintain that charming look. Well, who doesn’t love a classy to-be-mommy! So here we go.
Sun-Protection: Use a sunscreen with both UVA & UVB protection and has an SPF factor of 30 or above. They help treat melasma. Some alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) can also be used for hyper-pigmentation and are safer in pregnancy.
Acne & Oil: If you happen to have oily skin, then you could have the worst outbreak of acne during your first trimester. Now while you have to avoid retinoic acids, you could go with products having gentle AHA or glycolic acid.
Use a gentle cleanser which is non-residue or glycerin-based; said Dr. Amy Newburger, MD, a dermatologist.
Simply increase your water intake with high water content vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Use a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 with both UVA & UVB protection. Use omega-3 rich products.
Use products having aloe vera for its cooling effect and lime oil which improve skin tone. Look for something having collagen-boosting ingredients.