Switching over to pregnancy-safe skincare products can be a daunting task. Which products have been deemed safe by both dermatologists and OB-GYNs? How do you deal with pregnancy acne? What happens to your skin post-pregnancy? What ingredients, good or bad, should you look for in skincare collections? Should you use a face or eye serum while pregnant?
Every pregnancy is unique – just like every skin type and sensitivity is different. Here’s a list of skin issues that can happen with pregnancy and post-natal hormones, along with doctor-approved pregnancy skin care ingredients.
This is a common skin issue during pregnancy and even post-natal recovery. Hyperpigmentation, or melasma, often shows up as splotches around your upper lip, cheekbones, and forehead. It mimics the look of a mask, earning the nickname the “pregnancy mask” by pregnancy and skincare experts alike.
Melasma can also occur on other areas of the body exposed to sunlight or darken already pigmented areas, like freckles, scars, or birthmarks. This is triggered by hormonal changes during pregnancy and assumed to be caused by an increased melanin production.
Solution: Face Oil + Nontoxic Sunscreen
Choose a face oil packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids that nourish skin and protect it from free radicals. Face oils are great for pregnancy acne too, since they hydrate skin without clogging pores and purify without stripping.
Protecting skin from melasma requires sunscreen, and with dedicated application, too. Include a non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen in your skincare routine to protect your skin from hyperpigmentation without the unwanted chemicals.
Side Note: Everything you apply to your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream, making it potentially harmful to your growing baby. Be mindful of which products you use, such as sunscreens and serums, and find out what your doctor approves first.
Problem: Hormonal Acne
As previously mentioned, acne is one of the more relevant skin issues stemming from pre and post-natal hormones. If you usually don’t deal with persistent acne, it might be surprising and frustrating to deal with a whole new set of skin issues during your pregnancy experience. Before overhauling your entire skincare routine, start with the basics to treat and clear acne safely.
Solution: Hydrating Cleanser
Wash your face twice daily with a nutrient-packed cleanser that cleans without stripping your skin. Ingredients like green and white tea leaf extract, safe probiotics, organic glycerin, and aloe vera are great ingredients to fight acne while still being safe for your baby.
If your hormonal acne keeps acting up, combine your hydrating cleanser with a face oil afterwards to target unwanted bacteria and inflammation at the source. Follow with a nourishing toner to calm inflamed skin and reduce redness.
Problem: Unusual Dryness
Dry and flaking face skin is an unfortunate common side effect of pregnancy hormones. Similar to eczema or dermatitis, pre and post-natal hormones can cause patches of flaking and chronically dry skin on the face and body. As painful and irritating as it may be, it’s important to use moisturizing skin care that’s safe for your sensitive skin and your growing baby.
Solution: Nutrient-Packed Serum
Choose a nutrient potent serum that works overnight to help treat chronically dry skin. The Hydrate Repair Serum by True Botanicals is formulated specifically for pregnancy, keeping skin healthy using essential nutrients that help skin retain moisture. This face serum strengthens the skin barrier, prevents further damage, and smooths while it hydrates.
Caring for your skin while pregnant can be a struggle, from recognizing issues to knowing which skincare products are safest to use. True Botanicals created a Pregnancy Skincare collection approved by conservative doctors by using nontoxic ingredients safe for mothers and babies. Keep your skin healthy, nourished, and glowing throughout your pregnancy and beyond by using doctor-approved products that work.
About True Botanicals
True Botanicals creates high-performance skincare formulas by combining nontoxic and natural ingredients to target specific skin issues. Their collections include Aging, Acne, Pregnancy, and Rosacea skin care products that deliver uncompromising nourishment and radiant skin.
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