There are so many friends and family members in my life that are pregnant right now, I wanted to dedicate this post to their special beauty pregnancy needs!
I went straight to Hollywood celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Harold Lancer. Dr. Lancer’s clients have included some of the most beautiful names in Hollywood, such as Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham, Ellen, Denise Richards, Ali Larter, and more.
According to Dr. Lancer, pregnant women have unique skin care issues, such as:
Oily skin, Breakouts and Acne:
The hormones changes and increases during pregnancy and can cause oil glands production to increase and cause oilier skin and breakouts. Changing up your skincare regime can help to control these breakouts. The key to a successful skin is not to pick at any blemish to prevent scaring.
Also called melisma and chlosma, is an increase in skin pigmentation that causes the skin to get darker in areas of the face. Usually it appears on the forehead and cheeks. Pregnancy Mask is also caused by increase in hormones during pregnancy. It is very important to stay out of the sun and use sunblock during this time. Sun exposure can increase the appearance of pigmentation.
These dilated capillaries (tiny dilated blood vessels) are caused by an increase in blood circulation. They usually appear on the face, neck and chest during the last trimester. It is important to limit sun exposure in these regions during pregnancy. The effects usually disappear shortly after delivery, if not your Dermatologist can do laser treatments.
Stretch marks appear as pinkish streaks running down your abdomen and/or breast. A lotion with Vitamin E may help, but keeping the area hydrated and lubricated can help with minimizing the appearance.
Dr. Lancer recommends getting facials every 3-4 weeks and notes that the skin is more sensitive during pregnancy and has a greater chance of getting dark spots on the face. Try to avoid sun exposure, and always wear a hat when in the sun. Use simple products and always wear a good sunscreen. One to try is Total Moisture Sunscreen SPF 40 from Dr. Lancer’s product line.
Products to avoid during pregnancy
Hydroquinone a skin lightening product. Unfortunately, pregnancy often induces darkening of the skin, but wait until after pregnancy before considering any skin lightening treatments.
Tretinoen/ Retin-A used for acne, pigmentation and anti-aging
Topical creams that contain tretinoin should be avoided.
Some great products to try from Dr. Lancer’s line for a beautiful pregnancy:
Polish: Natural Sea Mineral Polish
Cleanse: Extremely Pure Cleanser
Repair: AM/PM Nourishing Treatment