To be told that you’re “positively glowing” is a compliment that most pregnant women would love to hear.   However, due to hormonal changes, many put up with dark patches on the skin, rashes, acne and stretch marks.    Knowing what personal skin care products to use to maintain healthy skin and protect the wellbeing of your growing baby can be bewildering.

Below are common skincare problems experienced during pregnancy and how you can find relief.

 

Problem #1 – Excess oil:  due to increased androgen (hormone) levels in pregnancy sebum (oil) production can increase in the first trimester, resulting in blackhead formation and outbreaks.
Solution:   cleanse twice daily to gently remove excess oil, bacteria and dirt using Pure & Green organicssensitivity facial cleanser”. Exfoliating once a week (or twice for acned skin) will help clear away excess oil and loose skin cells.  Avoid acne treatment products that contain salicylic acid (Beta Hydroxy acid or BHA) as this can be harmful to your baby.  Pure & Green’s “sensitivity exfoliate with wattle seeds has the perfect pH (and no chemical acids) to gently dissolve the bonds between dead surface cells and living skin beneath.Lifestyle tip drink plenty of water to maintain hydrated skin and gentle detoxification.
Problem #2 –  ‘Spider angiomas’:  refers to dilated blood vessels caused by pregnancy hormones which can occur on the face, chest, arms or  abdomen.
Solution:  Angiomas may clear up after pregnancy, but if not, they can be treated effectively with a non-invasive laser treatment.  Temporary relief may be found by toning with Pure & Green’s “tone with witch hazelformulated to tighten pores and contract tiny dilated blood vessels.Lifestyle tip increase high fibre foods & bioflavonoids (citrus fruit, blueberries & cherries) to strengthen blood vessels.
Problem #3 – stretch marks and itchy rashes: stretching skin on your growing belly and breasts can make you feel itchy.  Pre-existing dry skin, eczema and food allergies are sometimes intensified during pregnancy, increasing itchiness.
Solution:   Opt for pure, cold pressed organic oils to nourish your dry, itchy skin during pregnancy.  Pure & Green’s “sensitivity moisture lotion” contains nourishing oils of jojoba, macadamia and rosehip.  Rosehip oil, naturally high in tretinoin, reduces stretch marks by stimulating collagen and elastin production. Rosehip oil is safe to use during pregnancy and should not be confused with  retinoid concentrates that are often added to mass market creams (check labels for  Differin (adapelene); Retin-A; Retinoic acid; Retinol; Retinyl linoleate; Retinyl palmitate; Tazorac and avage (Tazarotene).Lifestyle tip include moderate exercise and keep your weight gain within the recommended limits.
Problem #4 – patches of darker skin on the face skin pigmentation changes are triggered by hormonal changes, stimulating  a temporary increase in your body’s production of melanin – the natural substance that gives colour to hair, skin, and eyes. Sun exposure plays a role, too.
Solution:  Pigmentation  usually disappear on their own after delivery. In the meantime protect yourself from the sun by wearing  an SPF 30 sunblock every day.  Use a non-irritating gentle cleanser and facial moisturiser. Pure & Green’s “sensitivity facial cleanser” and “sensitivity moisture lotion” are designed specifically for sensitive skin. Lifestyle tip avoid products with soy or lecithin as these can have an estrogenic effect that makes pigmentation worse.

 

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