Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Skin care

 

“Don’t eat this, don’t do that, use only this. This is what I did? ….sound familiar?

 It’s a minefield out there with all the Do’s, Don'ts and Recommendations that sometimes you might feel  completely overwhelmed and out of control.  You then hang out to have this beautiful bundle of joy and get your life back only to find there are a whole other set of rules to understand while breastfeeding.  Ultimately, we don’t have the answer for what you put in your body or how to take those frustrations away, but we can answer some questions about skin care during this time? What to expect, what you can safely use and what to avoid.

Acne during pregnancy:

‘What?’  I hear you say, yes, this is common.  Some women breeze through with glowing skin and do nothing, while others suffer terrible breakouts, or skin irritation when they have never had skin issues before like Picta Rosa.

Why?  During pregnancy our bodies experience an wild fluctuation of hormones, high levels of androgen hormones can stimulate oil production causing those unwelcome breakouts mostly commonly around the chin and jawline.  Acne during pregnancy is hormonal, which is good news, because once the hormones are regulated, this usually means that the skin will normalize and break outs will stop.

So many people think that cleansing the skin and exfoliating it will minimise the symptoms.  On the contrary, this is the worst thing you can do.  Both these measures will only spread the bacteria and inflame the break outs making them appear red and aggravated.

 

Pregnancy break outs are not stoppable – they are hormone related, but we can assist in controlling them and minimising the spread and scarring, This can be done by incorporating serums and peels into your skin routine:

If you are planning to get pregnant, are pregnant or breastfeeding and need some expert advice, please pop into one of our clinics – we are all dermal therapists who see these issues every day and would love to help you through this. J

Your Skincare expert,

Claire McFeeter