Pregnancy can bring about several skin changes. These changes on the skin can be both good and bad. Many would pray to have those good skin changes but not everyone is lucky. But of course giving birth to a healthy baby is all that matters for mothers. If you’re an expecting mother, here are some changes on your skin you may experience while carrying your precious bun in the oven.
Pregnancy and Skin Changes
You may think that people around you are just being kind when they mention that you have a certain glow. They are actually being honest and the truth is you are sporting that pregnancy glow. This is not just a made -up term, there is actually science behind this. During pregnancy, you would have an in increase in blood volume which gives your cheeks that natural blush because there are numerous blood vessels just under the surface of your skin. Aside from this natural blush, your oil glands will have an increase in its secretion therefore your skin will have this waxy sheen look. This natural flushed look that happens on pregnant women are just the same to that flushed look that one gets when they get excited, embarrassed, shy, cry or from any activity which gets the heart racing. For pregnant women, this glow can last for days since pregnancy actually gets the heart racing constantly.
When you are in your second trimester, you may be surprised to see a different face staring right back at you when you look in the mirror. You may start seeing patches having brownish or yellowish color on your face which weren’t there before. These patches are called chloasma but more popularly called the mask of pregnancy. These patches often appear on the forehead, nose, chin as well as the upper cheeks. The culprit behind these patches are estrogen and progesterone. These pregnancy hormones actually trigger the melanin cells on your skin to produce more pigment. You may even see your face getting a blotchy tan since these cells produce extra pigment without uniformity. Although chloasma or the mask of pregnancy can not be prevented, you can do something to prevent these patches from getting even darker. How? Minimize your exposure to sunlight or any UV light as UV light triggers melanin production.
Acne can be another thing you would have to deal with during pregnancy. Thought you’ve bid your last goodbye to acne after graduating in high school? Well, you thought wrong. But don’t worry too much as acne during pregnancy usually goes away shortly after you’ve given birth to your baby. To treat your acne during pregnancy, it is best to consult a dermatologist. Some also recommend going for natural acne treatments.
Argan Oil: Is It Safe to Use During Pregnancy?
Argan oil is a wonderful skin care product. Packed with nutrients that give the skin a lot of benefits such as Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, sterols, squalene and numerous antioxidants, it will help pregnant women keep their skin smooth and beautiful. It is best to consult your dermatologist first before using the product even if the oil is a natural extract of the Argan nuts especially if you have nut allergy.