Pregnancy is a very unique time in every woman’s life and sometimes pregnancy symptoms can get really annoying. With all the hormones running wild in your body, it affects your skin as well. Not everyone has a “pregnancy glow”. Though if you do thats amazing and please enjoy every day!
Pregnancy glow or not you have to take care of your skin daily.
Some skin changes you may see in pregnancy –
- Pigmentation can be seen because of hormonal changes – so patches of dark skin on your inner thighs, genitals and neck. You might notice a dark line from your navel to your pubic bone (linea nigra). Dark patches might develop on your face (chloasma).
After childbirth, skin typically returns to its normal pigment over a period of several months. However, some dark patches due to chloasma might never go away. So be careful and avoid sun exposure. Sunscreen is very important for all women but especially if you are pregnant.
Any UVA + UVB sunscreen for spf 30 and above is good.
- Acne is common in pregnancy again so use a gentle cleanser and oil free moisturiser on your face daily.
- Your skin is prone to dryness in pregnancy so use an oil free moisturiser everyday on your face and use a moisturiser every night on your body.
- Oily skin is also seen in pregnancy – this causes pimples and acne as well. Use cold water to wash your face and then use an oil free moisturiser. While washing your face don’t use a harsh soap but instead a gentle face wash.
- Stretch marks are indented streaks that often appear on the abdomen, breasts, hips, buttocks and thighs. They’re caused by the stretching of the skin and are common during the second and third trimesters. Unfortunately there aren’t any magic creams that can make stretch mark disappear but you can prevent them and try reducing them by putting oil/cream on them every day from the 5th month onward. This will moisturise the skin and prevent the dryness and eventual marks during stretching of the skin.
Don’t use anti pimple or anti acne creams and serums as they may contain retinoids or vitamin a which is harmful for the baby
Here are some products that are tried, tested, safe and can be used in pregnancy!
Sunscreens that are SPF 30 and above, easy on the wallet and more importantly easy on your skin during pregnancy
Gentle face cleansers safe for pregnancy
Neutrogena Deep Clean
Oil free moisturisers
For your stretch marks
A mix of vitamin E oil + coconut oil
Any other questions? Let me know in the comments below!
-Dr. Esha Chainani
Note: Some of these are affiliate links and the revenue from this goes directly into developing the free PremaaPregnancy app. However all these products are verified by a doctor and are my personal opinions and products I use myself.