How to Keep Your Healthy Glow

Pregnant woman

Whether you’ve just received the good news as a first-time mom or are adding to your family again, we’re here to help you enhance your healthy glow in the coming months. Pregnancy can also come with acne, pregnancy mask, and stretch marks. If you’re looking to take a proactive approach to addressing those less flattering skin conditions, consider these helpful tips as you get ready for your little one to arrive.

Managing pregnancy acne
That motherly glow associated with pregnancy is a bit of a double-edged sword. Your body starts pumping significantly more blood and increases hormone production during pregnancy. This increased circulation contributes to that rosy tint to your skin.1 However, more hormones can also lead to oily skin and acne.2 To help manage oily skin, wash your face with mild cleansers to keep your skin fresh and clean. Your physician may have additional suggestions for treating your acne depending on your situation.

Dealing with hyperpigmentation
Hormonal changes may lead to hyperpigmentation, where skin becomes darker.3 “Pregnancy mask,” AKA melasma, is a form of hyperpigmentation that frequently accompanies pregnancy. About 70% of pregnant women develop this,3 with freckles or light brown patches around the face or body. But don’t worry! “Pregnancy mask” can clear up on its own a few months after giving birth. If it does not clear up, talk to your skin care physician about using the Obagi Nu- Derm® System. The Nu-Derm System should not be used during pregnancy or when a woman is lactating; however, it is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and sun damage and may be a great option once your physician has given you the go-ahead postpregnancy!

Avoiding stretch marks
Stretch marks affect about 90% of mothers4 on areas of the body that tend to grow larger during pregnancy. Additionally, these lines tend to stick around, despite fading a bit after giving birth. Many women swear by lotions containing vitamin E, aloe vera, olive oil, or cocoa butter to help fade stretch marks. But remember, you don’t have to be embarrassed about stretch marks—wear them as a mother’s badge of honor!

As you adjust to the joys of your new baby, it’s important to take time for yourself as well. A mani-pedi, foot massage, or trip to the spa can do wonders. Your loved ones and neighbors want to help out—accept an offer to watch your child for a few hours, then soak in your well-deserved rejuvenation!

References: 1. WebMD. Skin problems of pregnancy.
http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/skin-problems-of-pregnancy. Accessed July 19, 2012.
2. Mayo Clinic. What’s the best way to treat pregnancy acne?
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pregnancy-acne/an02106. Accessed July 2, 2012.
3. American Academy of Family Physicians. Common skin conditions during pregnancy.
http://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0115/p211.html. Accessed July 2, 2012.
4. Mayo Clinic. Stretch marks.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stretch-marks/DS01081/DSECTION=treatmen.... Accessed July 19, 2012.

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