Among the many skin concerns that arise with pregnancy, acne is no doubt the biggest concern among most moms-to-be, especially in the first trimester. Hormonal changes are inevitable and can cause embarrassment and low self-esteem among many moms. Moreover, these acne tend to leave scars that take even longer to fade during this special period. Most pregnant moms are often advised to stay away from all acne meditations, which usually contains ingredients harmful for babies — vitamin A derivatives, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide.
Not knowing which products are safe to use, a lot of moms decide to not treat acne and compromise their blemish-free skin for their babies’ safety during this period. The good news is… there is no need to endure acne during these precious nine months.
You can safely treat and prevent pregnancy acne with certain ingredients, such as witch hazel, Madagascar harongana, and certain fruit extracts. Just make sure you select the right products to treat your acne-prone skin, cleanse your face thoroughly, drink lots of water, avoid touching your face with dirty hands, and avoid makeup that clogs your skin. Lastly, make sure to stay away from any products containing vitamin A derivatives (a.k.a. retinol, retinoids, retinaldehyde, retinol palmitate, tretinoin, and many more), salicylic acid (a.k.a. BHA), and benzoyl peroxide. Try using PregSkin’s Blemish Control Skin-Clearing Serum, which calms and treats problematic skin with natural active ingredients for a flawless, radiant, blemish-free complexion.
Hormones, hormones, hormones… are responsible for that pregnancy glow, but also, for some moms, the opposite: skin darkening, dark spots, and melasma. During pregnancy, you may notice skin hyperpigmentation all over your body, and your facial skin is also affected. Acne scars persist longer than usual; your underarm and leg creases are darker; and then there’s the linea nigra, that dark line that spans across your belly. Unfortunately, most whitening or brightening products out there are not recommended for use during pregnancy. Many contain vitamin A derivatives, harsh AHAs, hydroquinones, and many other harsh ingredients. Remember, your skin is more sensitive than usual during this period so you may find yourself allergic or irritated by your usual products.
The truth is… you do not need to steer clear from whitening or brightening products. To be sure you pick the right ones, try looking for ones with gentle acids (like lactic acids or natural fruit extracts), alpha-arbutin, vitamin B3 or niacinamide, vitamin C, and bidens pilosa. Avoid products with vitamin A derivatives, AHA, salicylic acid, BHA, and hydroquinone as well as unnecessary exposure to the sunlight. Always wear sunscreen with SPF30+, while ensuring a folic acid-rich diet — folate deficiency may also be a cause of hyperpigmentation. Both PregSkin’s Blemish Control Skin-Clearing Serum and Brightening Age-Defying Moisturizing Facial Cream work together synergistically to ensure radiant, even-tone, youthful-looking skin without containing any harsh chemicals that may risk your baby’s safety.
While acne and dark spots are temporary and leave once your hormones are back to normal, stretch marks persist years and years after delivery.
Pregnancy takes a great toll on your body and stretches your body in a very rapid manner, causing the skin to tear and struggle to build collagen fast enough to repair the damage. In some women, these stretch marks may never fully disappear. Although the degree of stretch marks are different from woman to woman, there are things you can do to prevent and minimize the appearance of these unsightly marks on your belly, hips, and thighs.
The key to preventing and minimizing stretch marks is to ensure your skin is adequately hydrated and nourished at all times. Look for products that contain healing and nourishing ingredients, such as shea butter, cocoa
butter, collagen-boosting peptides, vitamin B3, vitamin E and panthenol (vitamin B5). Try PregSkin Intensive Hydrating Stretch Mark Butter beginning your first trimester until months after delivery for a smooth, firm, fully moisturized baby bump. Early prevention and consistency is crucial to maintain beautiful belly skin.
• Vitamin A Derivatives
• Salicylic Acids
• Benzoyl Peroxides
• Aloe Vera
• Synthetic AHAs
• Propylene Glycol
• Sulfates (e.g. SLS/SLES)
• Aloe Vera
• Artificial Colorants or Dyes
• Sodium Hydroxide
• Vitamin K
• DMDM Hydantoin