Mask of pregnancy

Some women get dark, uneven and blotchy spots on their forehead and cheeks during pregnancy. This is commonly known as the “mask of pregnancy” (also known as melasma and chloasma).

These spots, according to experts, are the result of hormonal changes related to pregnancy, which cause an increase in pigmentation. Around 50% of pregnant women experience this skin condition, which may also sometimes linger on post-pregnancy.

Solutions

·       To prevent melasma, avoid direct exposure to sunlight both during and after pregnancy. Sun exposure can stimulate hyperpigmentation as well as darken existing freckles and spots on your face.

·       Apply a good sunscreen whenever you are heading out — even if you are going to be indoors all day.

·       Keep your skin hydrated and healthy by drinking plenty of water through the day.

Acne

During pregnancy, the body produces more estrogen in order to maintain a healthy uterine lining. However, this increased hormone production may cause oil glands in the skin to produce more oil, causing breakouts and pimples, even if you previously had clear skin.

If you already had acne before getting pregnant, you may find that the pimples get even more inflamed during pregnancy.

Many women also find that pregnancy acne carries over to the post-pregnancy period, due to ongoing hormone fluctuations. And even when the acne subsides, the resulting scars can be an unsightly reminder of this common pregnancy skin problem.

Solutions

·       If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and suffering from acne and breakouts, stick to a simple daily cleansing routine using a mild wash to prevent further aggravation.

·       Cleanse your face not more than twice a day, as washing your face more than this can cause your skin to dry out, worsening the condition. You could follow-up with an astringent to get rid of any remaining oil, finishing your routine with a mild moisturizer.

·       If you have stubborn acne or it is causing you worry, speak to your doctor for advice.

·       Do not pick at pimples as this only makes the acne worse and leaves unsightly scars. If you suffer from acne scars, try applying a skincare product to improve the appearance of scars. Massage a small amount into the scar, twice daily.

 

Mums and mums-to-be, finally getting to hold, cherish and nurture your precious baby after nine long months certainly makes up for pregnancy and post-pregnancy related skin issues and other pregnancy woes. But at the same time, it’s important not to neglect yourself, and this includes your skin.