It’s no surprise that a woman’s body goes through some major changes during pregnancy. The changes in her hormones levels, circulation and immune system that help her baby grow can also make her feel sick and fatigued. In this blog post we’re examining how pregnancy can affect our body’s largest organ: our skin. In the first half of this story, we detailed how pregnancy can trigger dry skin, pregnancy glow and sensitivity to scents. In this post, we’ll explore how to alleviate acne and breakouts caused by elevated hormone levels and maintain maximum skin elasticity during pregnancy to defend against stretch marks.
4) Acne and breakouts
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Elevated hormone levels can cause expecting mothers to develop acne. Higher levels of hormones encourage the production of sebum, the oil that keeps our skin supple. Too much sebum causes pores to become blocked, resulting in greasy skin, irritating breakouts and acne.
Acne can be treated by a dermatologist in non-pregnant women through prescription drugs such as Accutane, Retin-A, and Tetracycline. However, use of these drugs is discouraged for pregnant women or women trying to conceive and should be thoroughly discussed with your health care provider and dermatologist. When choosing over-the-counter medicated acne cleansers and treatments, it’s advised that you consult with your health care provider first.
To prevent breakouts, we recommend cleansing once or twice a day with a gentle fragrance-free hypoallergenic cleanser. Try to use make-up sparingly, particularly if it’s not water-based, and remove it completely before you go to bed.
5) Stretch marks
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Stretch marks are probably the most talked about skin changes that can occur during pregnancy. The American Pregnancy Association reports that almost 90% of pregnant women will experience stretch marks. The best defense against stretch marks is to ensure that skin maintains its maximum elasticity throughout pregnancy. This can be achieved by keeping your skin well hydrated and supple at all times.
Collagen and elastin fibers in the skin are necessary to keep rapidly growing skin taut, and the stronger they are, the less likely they are to break and leave resulting stretch marks. The American Pregnancy Association recommends eating foods that are rich in Vitamin E and C, zinc and silica, which help to form collagen. Vitamin C in particular is an important antioxidant that helps protect tissue from damage. Vitamins B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin) are also said to help promote and maintain healthy skin.
As we mentioned in our previous post, drinking plenty of water (approximately 2 liters a day) is essential in order to help strengthen and renew our skin. Exercise can also help prevent stretch marks. It improves circulation, which keeps the skin elastic and more able to stretch as it grows.
Ultimately, practicing good skin care habits on a regular basis is the most important thing you can do to strengthen and renew your skin during pregnancy. The unique skin care needs that can accompany pregnancy inspired Previse to craft our new series of dermatology approved products. Unscented and free of any dubious or harmful ingredients, ZeroFragrance is safe for moms and babies. We encourage you to discover how our pH balanced ZeroFragrance series can help you keep your skin hydrated, supple, elastic, clean, fresh and problem free during the amazing journey that takes you from womanhood to motherhood.