Pregnancy Skincare Guide: Acne, Stretch Marks, Rashes & Pregnancy Mask

Feeling cheated out of the touted beatifically glowing expectant mother skin? You’re not alone, pregnancy hormones can wreck havoc on the skin. Many women experience pregnancy related skin problems, such as acne, pregnancy mask, rashes and the dreaded stretch marks. Learn how to prevent and combat these common pregnancy skin care nightmares.

Prevent amp; Treat Pregnancy Acne

Help diminish and prevent pregnancy acne by using topical products that have alpha hydroxy or glycolic acid, or sulphur-based. Glytone has a flesh tinted acne treatment lotion, with glycolic acis as the main ingredient. It retails for $18.

Microdermabrasion treats are also available, that can be done in the relative comfort of your own bathroom. For more severe outbreaks, prescription strength topical medications are available. They included erythromycin cream and azelaic acid. Oral erythromycin can also be prescribed by a doctor. According to WebMD, these prescription acne medications are safe to use during pregnancy, but your doctor will be the best judge of what is right for your health, during your pregnancy.

Over-the-counter acne medications can help with acne caused by pregnancy, but their are ingredients that are unsafe for expecting mothers. Acne medication ingredients to avoid, while pregnant, are benzol peroxide, salicylic acid and any retinoids.

The hormones of pregnancy can cause changes in your skin tone, so you may need to switch what type of makeup you buy. If your skin is oily try a foundation specifically for that, a mattifying product or a loose mineral powder. They are designed to absorb oil, without causing acne. Keep blotting papers handy, so you can use them throughout the day to combat oily skin.

Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are the blight of what should be one of the most joyous experiences. According to WebMD, most doctors now believe that stretch marks are hereditary and most creams won’t prevent them. The best ones to try contain soothing green tea or glycolic acid. The good news is that there are many laser procedures that will fade stretch marks, after you are no longer pregnant.

Stop amp; Sooth Rashes

Hormones and stretching skin during pregnancy combine to make skin itch or erupt into a rash. This can be soothed by several home remedies, such as soaking in a warm bath that you’ve added a cup of oatmeal to. Soaking a clean washcloth in warm milk, then laying it over the rashy skin can also give you relief.

Over-the-counter pregnancy rash combatants include calamine lotion and moisturizers. If the itch becomes too crazy to stand, your doctor may prescribe you steroid creams. Be sure to report any itchiness and rashes, especially those with blisters, to your doctor. These can be signs of autoimmune reactions or a liver condition, both of which can potentially cause premature birth.

Dealing with ‘Pregnancy Mask’

‘Pregnancy mask’ – more accurately called melasma or chloasma, is when dark patches of skin occur on the face. Pregnancy mask occurs when pregnancy hormones are exposed to sunlight. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, women with dark hair and complexions are more likely to develop pregnancy mask.

The best way to lessen the possible severity of pregnancy mask is to stay out of the sun. You can also wear sunscreen and clothing with SPF protection. Topical products to help with skin pigmentation can include azelic acid or vitamin C.

If you choose to cover up pregnancy mask with makeup, moisturize first. Go with thicker, less sheer versions of concealer and foundation. Choose the shade closest to your natural complexion, to avoid a cakey or pasty look. Lighter shades will also draw attention to the very spots you are trying to hide.


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