Its no secret that hormones are on a rolleroaster during pregnancy and this can show on your skin. Breakouts and Hyperpigmentation are two main concerns that you may have to deal with while you have a baby onboard. Before I discuss these skin corcerns it is important to remind you that when you first discover you are pregnant I advise you to double check packaing on all skincare products. Make sure everything you are using is suited to pregnancy and breast feeding. Some ingredients to look out for are Saliclyic Acid, Vitamin A/Retinol or essential oils. If you are unsure contact the manufacturer or speak to a professional skin therapist.
During pregnancy women are at an increased risk of developing Melasma. Pregnancy hormones send pigment producing cells into overdrive and this cab lead to the development of dark patches. Make sure you are using and regularly reapplying a good quality SPF and avoiding direct sunlight as much as possible. It’s perfectly safe to use Vitamin C during pregnancy and I’d recommend Dermalogica’s Biolumin C Serum each morning under you moisturiser or SPF. Vitamin C will help to balance your skin tone and brighten your appearance too. Melasma will generally fade post pregnancy but it can be very slow to do so and can leave you skin looking, dull, tired and uneven. for many months after baby is born.
Oily breakouts and spots can be common, especially during the first trimester. For some women this is a shock if they are unaccustomed to problematic skin, often the surge in new hormones is to blame. Most times this can be brought under control quite easily, I’d recommend that you assess your routine, are you cleansing thoroughly both morning and evening? Booking a consultation with a professional skin therapist is advised, often your routine or products might need a slight tweek, you might benefit from a clay based cleanser or a lighter moisturiser.
It’s good to remember that generally breakout activity will reduce as you move through your pregnancy, but if you are struggling make that appointment with a professional, avoid picking at spots and aim to drink plenty of water each day too and before you know it you will be enjoying that pregnancy glow.