The ultimate guide to pregnancy skincare

Your body is drastically changing during pregnancy because of the major changes in your hormone levels, and your skin is not immune to that. While some women experience ‘pregnancy glow’ and they look brighter and healthier than ever, others aren’t so lucky, and that’s completely normal!

This new flooding of hormones can aggravate certain skin conditions like acne, Melasma (dark spots), hyperpigmentation and more. Oh, and let’s not forget the stretch marks.

How to treat new skin conditions:

While these common issues are easily treatable, you should be more careful and mindful of the products you use on your skin during pregnancy. Your skin is much more sensitive during that time and certain chemicals are easily absorbed by the skin and could potentially be transferred to the baby.

Minimalist formulas with gentle, natural ingredients are a pregnant woman’s best friend. Look for pregnancy-safe, fragrance-free skincare products and try to avoid essential oils.

Acne and Oiliness:

Hormonal acne is already a pain, and the excess oiliness will cause your pores to get clogged and more acne to appear mostly around your chin and jawline. Your go-to products should be gentle, fragrance-free cleansers and moisturizers that will keep your skin clean without triggering any sensitivities.

Melasma and Hyperpigmentation:

Dark spots are one of the main skin changes during pregnancy and they’re usually accompanied or made worse by an oversensitivity to the sun. Good news though! Melasma often fades after pregnancy, especially if you’re treating it regularly with some lightening creams. In the meantime, focus on protecting your skin with high SPF.

Stretch Marks:

Stretch marks are natural during pregnancy as your body stretches to accommodate your baby’s growth. While they’re unfortunately not reversible, you can ease the process of their appearance by applying a rich moisturizer to the affected areas (mainly the stomach, breasts and hips) as they start to appear. Remember that new stretch marks are easier to treat.

While these changes may be scary and uncomfortable, try to embrace them as they are a natural part of your pregnancy and a sign that your body is adjusting to your growing baby. At the end of the day, your real pregnancy glow is a healthy mama and baby.

Take care of yourself beautiful Mama!