Pregnancy skin conditions part 2
We’ve already looked at how pregnancy can cause stretch marks and Melasma, now it’s time to shed a light on acne, dry skin and rosacea.
You may have thought your acne days were behind you, but some mums-to-be find themselves battling breakouts. A shift in your hormones can cause sebaceous glands to produce excess sebum, leading to blocked pores and unsightly spots. A good cleansing routine may help ease the issue, and rest assured hormones tend to settle down a few weeks after labour.
“Make sure to cleanse, treat and moisturise your face in the morning and at night to rid skin of dirt and bacteria,” Dr Murad advised. “Look for sulphur-based topical products, as well as those containing AHAs or glycolic acid to help with cell turn over.”
You may consider investing in a serum containing essential oils to help control oil production, such as Arabelle Skin Sense collection Control Serum which contains Papaya Seed Oil to help dissolve excess sebum.
Dry and sensitive skin
Harsh winter months, along with the toll of pregnancy, can lead to sensitive, parched skin – particularly on the face. “Despite a ‘pregnant glow’ many women find their skin becomes extremely dry,” Kelita Bignall, founder of Yours Truly Organics skincare range, tells Cover Media. “This is partially due to the abundance of hormonal changes, but also the loss of bodily fluids, travelling to your growing baby.”
It’s important to moisturise dry patches on legs and arms to prevent cracking and it may be worth treating yourself to a hydrating face cream. Why not try Clarins Multi-Active Day and Night Creams to fight the first signs of ageing, keep skin moisturised and re-energise the skin, perfect if you’re struggling to sleep!
Skin will feel more sensitive and conditions such as eczema may be aggravated, with many ladies complaining of itchy skin and rashes. Celebrity facialist Cherry Woods tells Cover Media that keeping your skin cool can help reduce symptoms, so carry a water spray in your handbag to spritz yourself with if you get too warm.
Take care with your cleansing routine and use products suitable for sensitive skin, such as the Hope’s Relief Therapeutic Skincare range which contains goats milk as well as shea and cocoa butter.
Carrying extra weight around may leave you with flushed cheeks, but rosacea can flare up for some pregnant women. The condition mainly affects your face and can leave you with permanent redness - other symptoms may also include stinging, spots or visible small blood vessels.
There are some natural ways to combat or ease the problem, such as drinking plenty of water and moisturising regularly to keep hydrated. Certain foods, such as cucumbers, could help reduce inflammation and redness. It may not be advisable to use prescription medication, especially in the first trimester, but treating the area with tea tree oil is generally considered to be safe during pregnancy.
The KALME skincare range is free from parabens and perfumes, and contains extract of capers to combat the symptoms of rosacea.