Thursday, January 9, 2014

Skin Care During Pregnancy

Some women can look absolutely beautiful — glowing, even — during pregnancy. Their skin shimmers and they radiate elegance and grace.
For other women, though, pregnancy hormones wreak havoc on the skin. Pregnant women often break out with acne, rashes or bumps that can be incredibly embarrassing. To make this hormonal fluctuation even more difficult, many of the ingredients found in over-the-counter acne products aren’t safe during pregnancy. Look at the ingredients for any acne product you’re thinking about trying and find the best acne skin care for your needs.
Ingredients to avoid while pregnant:
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Salicylic acid
  • Retinoids
Another major problem women face during pregnancy is called “pregnancy mask,” which shows up as patches of dark skin on the face. These patches typically appear after exposure to sunlight. There aren’t many treatments for pregnancy mask, but avoiding the sun and wearing a safe sunscreen while outdoors is an excellent place to start.
And of course, there’s the stretch marks that plague almost any woman who’s ever given birth. There are a wide range of opinions on how to avoid these, but keeping your abdomen moisturized with a plant-based butter, such as cocoa butter, is a great idea. If stretch marks still appear, there are a variety of options after pregnancy for reducing their appearance.  Emu oil is one excellent option.  The benefits of emu oil are well documented and it's safe for those with sensitive skin. It also helps with scars and works wonders for reducing stretch marks.
How are you caring for your skin during this stage in your life? Leave us a comment to let us know!

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