Pregnancy is also synonymous with radiant skin and fuller hair—and for many women, it is, due to the hormones that fill your body. These same hormones, though, can contribute to a long struggle with skin problems in the future. Your whole life transforms the day you find out you’re pregnant.
You must begin taking proper care of yourself and your health, and your skincare regimen and products must also be altered. The most frequent pregnancy-related skin modifications are dry skin, inflammation, flare-ups with preexisting conditions such as eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis, and patchy skin darkening (melasma). Here’s what you can do to deal with them comfortably and effectively.
Pregnant women should avoid the following products:
Pregnancy is not the time to begin a new skincare regimen, so those annoying freckles you’ve been meaning to get rid of? Save it until after you’ve finished breastfeeding. It is best to concentrate on hydrating, coddling, and moisturizing the skin during breastfeeding.
Retinoids and retinol: Since high doses of this anti-aging and anti-acne component have been attributed to birth defects, both types of retinoids (low or high dose) are not recommended during breastfeeding. Avoid something with the prefix retinyl- on the ingredient list.
High-dose salicylic acids: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) allows low-dose salicylic acid over-the-counter items. If necessary, lactic acid or apple cider vinegar diluted 1:4 with distilled water could be a better option.
Hydroquinone: This is typically used to lighten skin pigmentation, but its use in pregnant women is problematic and should be discouraged due to a lack of trials and testing.
Oxybenzone: Since oxybenzone is a known endocrine disruptor, it is best avoided. Instead, use physical sunscreens such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
While certain essential oils are healthy and useful to use while breastfeeding, some should be avoided. Lavender, ylang-ylang, tangerine, mandarin, jasmine, rose, grapefruit, geranium, and chamomile are all healthy.
DHA is an ingredient used in self-tanners and sprays tans. However, since nothing is understood about the long-term effects of dihydroxyacetone (DHA) on the fetus, it is best avoided.
The best skincare regimen to use during breastfeeding
It is best to keep your skin routine basic, gentle, and reliable. I recommend a soft cleanser, then a toner, an eye cream, moisturizer, and finally a physical sunscreen. Jade rolling is safe, enjoyable, and provides a fantastic lymphatic massage for your face, which will assist in minimizing puffiness, which is particularly beneficial as your pregnancy progresses. Use non-comedogenic moisturizing creams to avoid clogging pores. Since everybody is different, you might need to try a little to find one that works for you. Look for a moisturizing substance that contains hyaluronic acid in the form of plant oils or kinds of butter.