While there are many beautiful memories during these early stages of parenthood that you will cherish, there are some that you’ll probably wish you could skip right over. Due to shifting hormones, normal weight gain and nursing, there are several skin issues that are far from comfortable when you are expecting. Although all treatable, some of these issues may be a little more long-lasting.
Melasma is a distressing and somewhat scary side effect of pregnancy. It is a hyperpigmentation condition that normally appears on the cheeks, forehead, and upper lip, forming reddish/brown blotchy patches, and it can be heightened by sun exposure. This is one of the reasons why it is always very important to wear a physical sunscreen daily rain or shine. I always recommend Elta UV Elements or Elta UV Clear, both are great products that provide the ultimate in protection. The good news about Melasma is that it usually clears up after giving birth, and, if not, it can be treated with several treatments and products.
Unfortunately, acne can be another side effect to fluctuating hormone levels. Many women struggle with mild to aggressive breakouts throughout their pregnancy. Though these breakouts are not uncommon, the bad news is that many traditional treatments for acne are off limits when pregnant. It is important to avoid certain acne medications (even over the counter ones) that can potentially have harmful ingredients.
Luckily, glycolic acid is a topical and a safe ingredient that can be used to gently unclog the pores and aid in exfoliation. It may also help in reducing hyperpigmentation. I recommend ZO Exfoliation Accelerator. This is a wonderful product that not only improves acne and pigmentation but is pregnancy safe.
We also offer pregnancy-safe facials to help treat your skin and target your concerns in a safe and effective manner and these products are available at the DeRosa Clinic. For any additional information and questions, you may email [email protected] or call 617-262-8000 to set up a time to come in for a free consultation.