Skin care tips for new moms

 

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Your outfits aren’t the only things that need revamping. Your growing body will experience new issues including itchy skin and (fear!) stretch marks. And certain ingredients like your trusty retinol cream are now off-limits. Dermatologist Debra Jaliman, author of “Skin Rules,” lets you in on your new skin care routine.


What are some of the biggest skin issues for pregnant women? 

One of the biggest issues is melasma, when pregnant women get brown discoloration on their face. So it’s very important to use a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen every day, rain or shine. Pregnant women are also often very itchy, so it’s important to use mild cleansers when washing the skin and also to take short showers and avoid hot water.

How should pregnant women take care of their skin?

It’s important to use a moisturizer when getting out of the shower and avoid vigorously towel drying — instead, pat the skin dry gently. Many pregnant women get broken blood vessels and red cherry angiomas from the elevation in estrogen levels. These may subside after the pregnancy, but if they don’t they’re easily treated with a laser.

Are there any products to avoid?

Certain products should be avoided. These include retinol, salicylic acid, hydroquinone, kojic acid and benzoyl peroxide.
What types of products help combat pregnant skin issues?

AzaClear is one of the few products that can be used during pregnancy and breast-feeding for melasma. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can be used for itching. Aveeno Positively Ageless Firming Body Lotion is a great product to use after pregnancy to improve skin firmness and elasticity.

 


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