Monday, January 11, 2016

Congratulations, you are pregnant!! Welcome to all types of body and skin changes.  Pimples, heat rashes, the list goes on my friends.

I was browsing through the net and came across some great tips on how to keep your skin healthy during pregnancy.

What causes our skin changes?
t's those pregnancy hormones at work yet again, causing your pores to secrete excess oil, making you vulnerable to heat rash, and visiting discolorations on your face, legs, palms, and soles. They're even responsible for a particularly unpleasant kind of skin eruption known as PUPPP (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy), or lesions in your stretch marks. Skin tags, or small, raised growths on the skin, are common during pregnancy, too, particularly under your arms.

Expecting a pregnant glow

Were you expecting a pregnant glow? Few expectant moms get that lucky — and many experience just about every skin problem in the book. Fortunately, whether it's flash back to your baby days (with heat rash) or to your junior high days (with pimples and a greasy shine), just about all your skin symptoms will be a thing of the past within weeks of delivery.

What to do about skin changes during pregnancy:
  • Stick to the Pregnancy Diet. It contains the right balance of nutrients to keep your skin looking as good as it can — under the trying circumstances.
  • Get those eight glasses a day. Drinking lots of water will keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
  • If pimples are your problem, wash your face twice a day with a thorough but gentle cleanser (harsh ones will only leave skin more open to irritation). Exfoliate gently, too (don't get too aggressive), and finish off with an oil-free moisturizer. Overly stripped skin is more prone to breakouts. (Learn more about pregnancy skin care.)
  • Look for the words "noncomedogenic" and "unscented" when you're buying makeup and skin-care products. "Oil free" will be less likely to add excess oils and clog up pores — good if your skin is on the oilier side to begin with. But if your skin is dry, you'll do best to choose moisturizing products.
  • A supplement of B6 might help a tough case of acne. Talk to your practitioner about it.
  • If you see a dermatologist, always tell him or her that you're expecting. Some drugs commonly used to treat acne, like Accutane and Retin-A, should not be used while you're pregnant.
  • Taking too many baths can strip your skin of its moisture. Stick to short showers (good training for actual motherhood) in warm (not hot) water, and use a mild soapless cleanser. For very dry skin, try a moisturizer or put a warm-mist humidifier in your room.
  • For eczema, low-dose cortisone creams are usually safe, but talk to your practitioner and ask if he or she has recommendations.
  • For redness on the palms of your hands, sit tight. This condition disappears after you give birth.
  • Skin tags usually appear during pregnancy and disappear after delivery. If they don't, a dermatologist can remove them in a flash.
  • For heat rash, staying cool can help. Sprinkle on a bit of cornstarch after a shower and avoid tight or overly warm clothing. Dress in layers so you peel down if you get too warm.
  • For PUPPP, show any marks or rashes to your practitioner. They usually go away after delivery, but he or she might prescribe a medication.

1 comment:

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