Post-Pregnancy Skincare Solutions
Pregnancy can bring sudden and drastic changes to your complexion due to fluctuating hormone levels. Some women experience “the glow” of beautiful radiant skin, others experience less-than-exciting changes like melasma and acne. Unfortunately, these changes don’t stop once you give birth. They can rear their ugly heads for a long time post-pregnancy, too.
The first months after you have a baby are a busy and exhausting time. With all of a newborn’s demands, it can be difficult for moms to find time for proper skin care.Luckily, there are a variety of ways to include skincare in your busy schedule!
Common Complexion Changes
Both during and post-pregnancy, your skin can undergo a major upheaval. Sometimes, the changes and symptoms you experience throughout pregnancy can remain for awhile after delivery. Other women experience a certain type of complexion during pregnancy, but during the postpartum months their complexion does a complete 180 and a whole slew of new issues can crop up.
Here are some common complexion woes many women experience:
Melasma – Also known as “the mask of pregnancy,” it causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face. Sun damage can exacerbate the look of melasma.
Cystic acne – Skyrocketing progesterone and estrogen fluctuations lead to increased sebum production and clogged pores. It typically affects the lower half of the face and the neck.
Facial spider veins – Increased blood circulation and hormone levels highlight facial veins in a spider-like effect. They typically appear on the cheeks and nose.
Dry, flaky skin – Hormonal changes can sap skin of lipids during and immediately following pregnancy, leading to moisture-sapped patches on the face.
Simple Solutions You Can Try At Home
If you’re still experiencing dark spots and think you may have melasma, the first step to prevention and treatment is applying an SPF of 30 or higher.
Hormonal, cystic acne isn’t a picnic for anyone. It can be painful and embarrassing. One way you can combat it is to try products that contain benzoyl peroxide, but if you experience a reaction from it you may want to try willow bark. A natural form of salicylic acid, willow bark is less likely to cause irritation while combating acne.
For the blotchy, red veins that might crept up on your face during pregnancy, relax, most women say they diminish a few months post-delivery. If you’re looking for a nursing-approved treatment option anyway, products rich in plant or raspberry extract can have a calming effect on your face and can also strengthen vessels.
Got dry skin? You can reduce postpartum dryness and inflammation by using mild cleansers and lots of moisturizer. Making sure they’re fragrance-free, additive-free and non-comedogenic, and also protecting your skin from damaging UV rays can give your skin added moisture and softness.
No matter what your skin maladies may be, remember to always drink plenty of water, try and eat a balanced diet, and rest as much as your new bundle of joy will allow.
It can be frustrating and stressful to experience drastic changes to your complexion when you’re already living through the biggest physical and emotional changes of your life as a new mother.
Sometimes, skin conditions can signify an underlying or undiagnosed problem, like an underactive thyroid. If these suggestions and tips aren’t producing satisfactory results, consult with your physician or dermatologist to determine next steps in the solution process.
Alana Mitchell is the day spa owner at Skincare by Alana, beauty/skincare expert and licensed esthetician. She doesn’t believe in beauty products that are not tried and researched, rather she is excited about natural organic day spa treatments that actually work. When she is not busy with her website or her day spa in Dana Pointe she enjoys being with her family and newborn son. Read more at her skin care blog.