When a woman becomes pregnant, the most obvious change is her expanding belly. But as most mothers know, the entire body goes through a cycle of changes, literally from head (with thicker hair) to toes (with swollen feet.) The skin is no exception and Oro Gold Cosmetics chimes in on possible skin ailments experienced during pregnancy and available solutions.
Acne- Some women are blessed with glowing, radiant skin during pregnancy, the rest of pregnant women get acne comparable to a 15 year old boy. Some acne medications contain harsh chemicals and should be avoided. Steer clear of benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and retinoids, all of which are considered unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Instead, you need a sulphur-based or alpha hydroxy product. There are some other steps you can take to decrease the amount of oil on your skin, which may reduce acne. Switch to foundation specifically designed for oily skin or use mineral makeup. These options will help to cancel out the extra oil. You could also simply use blotting papers throughout the day to dab up the extra oil.
Pregnancy Mask- Also known as melasma or chloasma. Dark patches of skin will appear around the cheeks, nose, forehead and upper lip resembling the shape of a mask. Women with darker complexions are at a greater risk for melasma. Another pregnancy pigmentation development is the linea nigra, a dark line that runs from your belly button to your public bone. Both of these conditions are cause by the increased melanin production.
There are some treatments available to lighten the skin, but it still hasn’t been established one way or another whether these products are pregnancy friendly. What you can do is keep the pigment from becoming darker by always using high SPF sunscreen and regulating the time you spend in the sun. Soy, although a natural alternative for skin care, has an estrogen element to its compound and can make those patches darker.
Up until this point, you may have never thought twice about what ingredients are in your new beauty products, but now is an excellent time to find out. If skin care products are part of your routine, you should check the labels against a comprehensive list of safe/harmful ingredients to make sure they are safe during pregnancy. Oro Gold would like to pass on the wise words from dermatologist Sandra Marchese Johnson: “Everything you eat, apply, or come into contact with may affect not only you but also your baby.” You need to become hyper aware of your environment because you are the buffer between it and your baby.