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Friday, 17 June 2011

Skin Care During Pregnancy

Pregnancy hormones bring about huge changes to almost every part of a woman’s body, from skin and hair right through to teeth and gums. Since skin is the outermost layer of the body, even a slight change from the normal is evident.

1. Some of the skin changes that take place during the nine months countdown to motherhood.
Noticed any brownish or yellowish patches of skin on your face? This skin condition presents as a darkening around the eyes, forehead, bridge of nose and cheeks. What you’re seeing in the mirror is the so-called “mask of pregnancy” (chloasma). Chloasma is caused by the effects of the pregnancy hormones progesterone and estrogen on the melanin cells in the skin. If you’re prone to chloasma, you can minimize its effects by avoiding intense sunlight. The pigmentation will start to disappear after you give birth and your hormone levels begin to return to their pre-pregnancy levels.

Many women find that their faces break out more after they become pregnant. Try to keep your face as clean as possible using a mild cleanser. If you need to visit a dermatologist, make sure you inform her that you are pregnant. Mild oatmeal-based facial scrubs are your best bet for unplugging oily pores. You’ll want to steer clear of abrasive scrubs or exfoliants because your skin is extra sensitive during pregnancy.

Increased pigmentation
Expect the areola (the flat area around your nipple) and the nipple of your breasts to darken during pregnancy and to remain a little darker even after you give birth. Your freckles and moles may also become darker and some new moles may appear while you’re pregnant.

Stretch marks
According to the studies, more than 90 percent of women develop stretch marks during the sixth and seventh months of pregnancy. Stretch marks are caused by the stretching of the underlying layers of skin during pregnancy and typically show up as pink or purplish streaks on the abdomen and — in some cases — the breasts and the thighs. Fortunately, they tend to fade to silver over time, something that makes them a whole lot less noticeable.

Linea nigra
You may find that you have developed a faint brown line from your navel to your pubic bone. This is also due to hormonal changes and will “crumble off” as the top layers of skin cells are shed a few weeks after delivery

2. Ingredients in skin care products to be avoided during Pregnancy
Pregnancy is also a time when special care should be taken to keep the skin healthy and glowing. While most commonly used products are completely safe, there is handful of ingredients considered harmful to a growing baby.The more powerful and targeted products get, the more we need to be careful about what we have in our skin-care regimens during pregnancy and nursing.

These powerful substances, found in some anti aging moisturizers, are lauded for helping reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone. Retinoids are a type of vitamin A that speeds up cell division (quickening your skin’s renewal) and prevent skin collagen from breaking down. There is no strong evidence to show that retinoids ingredients are harmful when used on the skin. It is advised by doctors to avoid during pregnancy and nursing.


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