Skin Care (1)

Facial Skin Care

Women, when becoming new mothers tend to get so engaged in their daily life routine that they forget to take care of themselves, what often suffers the most is their skin. The first few months after giving birth can be quite stressful as you are adjusting your life around a newborn that needs your help and care 24/7. The fact is that during pregnancy a lot changes in your body especially the hormones and due to that one suffers from multiple skin conditions. But now that you’ve finally given birth, your hormones are transitioning again. So you are to deal with post-pregnancy hormones that usually cause the skin problems which are most common among new mothers. So here are some really basic and easy-to-perform new mother tips for moms who would like to work for a healthier skin while simultaneously handling a newborn [1]:

  • Cleanse your face maximum two times a day. Use an oil-free cleanser because acne breakouts are common among new mothers.
  • Keep your skin well moisturized. Again, use a mild, oil-free moisturizer.
  • Make a habit of using sunscreen (SPF 30 or above) while going out to prevent any UV damage to your skin.
  • Drink ample amount of water and add nutritious food to your diet.
  • Another most important thing is to relax and not stress out. Let your body and skin revitalize, resting is the key to that.

Now, talking about some really common skin problems that new moms go through during pregnancy and post-pregnancy [2] [3].

Hormonal acne, now this type of acne is mainly caused by the hormonal transitions during your pregnancy period. The good thing is that it will fade away within a few months after you give birth but the breakouts may continue. Also, the scars that acne leaves behind may remain on your skin. So you are to use products with the ability to unclog those pores but do consult your skin care doctor before using any.

Melasma, is another problem that new moms have to deal with. The slightly darker patch on your skin is due to hormonal changes in your body which gives a temporary boost in the production of a substance called melanin (that gives color to your skin, hair and eyes) in your body. This condition usually subsides after giving birth. But you are required to take some measure too like using sunscreens and products that contain Vitamin C, A and E. Do consult your doctor before using anything.

Facial spider veins, the small red colored veins that appear on your face during pregnancy are the result of your increased blood circulation and hormonal changes. These too disappear after four to six months of child birth. If this is not the case then you might need treatment in order to minimize their appearance.

Scaly or dry skin, during and post-pregnancy hormonal changes tend to deplete the skin off of its lipids and because of that your face might sustain some dry patches. These appear majorly due to lack of moisture on your skin. A healthier skin can be achieved by restoring a sufficient amount of moisture to your skin. What you need to do is use mild cleansers and a sufficient amount of moisturizer to retain a smoother skin. Also, protect the skin from sun exposure by applying sunscreen. For some really rough areas you may use a hydrating lotion. Again, talk to your dermatologist before using anything out of the ordinary.

Stretch marks are another inevitable part of pregnancy that does not leave you even after child birth. During pregnancy your skin stretches so these marks appear on your skin due to weight gain. However, there is nothing that you can do to prevent these marks. These marks, they tend to fade away within six months after child birth but they don’t disappear altogether, so you’ll see some silvery white lines upon your skin. So all you can do is massage your skin with oils and cream and include as much nutrients in your diet as possible.

References:

[1] Mayoclinic.com. Skin care: 5 tips for healthy skin. URL:http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/in-depth/skin-care/art-20048237

 [2]Liz Bruckner. Post-pregnancy skin conditions. URL: http://www.todaysparent.com/pregnancy/post-pregnancy-skin-conditions/

[3] Babycenter.com.  Skin  problems after having a baby. URL: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a553242/skin-problems-after-having-a-baby