Posted on December 16, 2015
During pregnancy your skin can change drastically under the influence of hormone fluctuations and the increasing amount of blood in the skin. Some women are blessed with the well known pregnancy glow while other women experience skin problems like acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, perioral dermatitis, or eczema. Stretch marks are also a common development.
Many of these issues can be addressed with the right skin care. It is all about bringing your skin back into a healthy balance and maintaining that balanced state. Our products are formulated to do just that.
Especially during pregnancy, it is important to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals, both for your health and the health of your baby. This is why using non-toxic, organic skin care during pregnancy is a must. Now is an especially good time to think about our motto: “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin”. Luckily, nowadays there are a lot of skin care brands that formulate products without chemicals so you can take good care of your skin in a safe way.
There are women whose skin benefit from increased sebum production, but most women are more likely to develop acne, perioral dermatitis or even rosacea. In our last blog we spoke about some dietary measures that can help reduce these skin problems. Also, our famous organic trio: Purifying Facial Cleanser Soothing Gel and Nourishing Treatment Oil have proved to be highly effective in treating acne, rosacea and perioral dermatitis. The Cleanser gently removes impurities, the Gel is a potent anti-bacterial tonic with powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and the Oil deeply moisturizes and balances oil production of your skin. As the Treatment Oil is so moisturizing, it really leaves your skin soft and supple, beautifully helping to prevent stretch marks.
Estrogen and progesterone can cause pigment cells to produce more pigment. This is why during pregnancy, pigmentation can appear darker and more visible. Some women develop melisma, which is better known as the ‘pregnancy mask’. Exposing your skin to too much sunlight can trigger and aggravate this condition, so be cautious when you go out in the sun. Fortunately, in most cases, after your baby is born this hyper-pigmentation will diminish and eventually disappear.
There are numerous women that experience dry and itchy skin during their pregnancy. The itching often is induced by the fact that the liver is slightly less capable of eliminating bile acids. When these acids circulate in your blood they can provoke nerve endings, causing your skin to itch. Keeping your skin hydrated by using a moisturizing body wash and body oil, and avoiding hot showers and baths will help reduce itchiness. However, it is always recommended to notify your physician when you suffer severe itching.
The good news is that most skin problems caused by pregnancy will disappear once you gave birth to your little one! And in the mean time, you can really strengthen your skin’s barrier by using the right skin care products.
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