The Dos and Don'ts of Skin Care During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a such a blessing and beautiful time of change! From physical changes to growing a family to finding a way to balance it all, your entire world is changing! Many expecting moms are surprised by changes in their skin and unsure how they should adjust their skincare routine. We're here to help!

During pregnancy, hormonal shifts as well as the possible appearance of Melasma (aka "pregnancy mask") take many expecting mommas by surprise. So, which skincare products are recommended and safe to use to combat those changes? It's important to always check your skincare products' label to understand if they're safe for use. If you're still not sure, ask your OB provider. There are many ways to care for your changing skin during pregnancy, and here are some of the tips we share with our clients:

DO: Be prepared for unexpected changes in your skin.

If you’ve had acne issues when you became pregnant, the good news is that there is a 50% chance that the flood of hormones could clear up your skin. On the flip side, there is also a 50% chance those same hormones may cause breakouts that you have never experienced before. But, try not to stress over these changes! The good news (other than your growing baby) is there are plenty of solutions to take care of your changing skin!

DO: Continue to use your normal skincare products.

When pregnant, you can safely use your standard skincare treatments, including cleansers, toners, and moisturizers. Even spot treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid products are considered safe during pregnancy. We use Epionce and Alastin cleansers and moisturizers and the Epionce toners. Epionce also have a purifying spot treatment gel that is fantastic!

If you don't have an established skincare routine than we encourage you to schedule a Free Consultation to ask any questions and test out products!

DO: Use an at-home glycolic product.

If you need a whole face treatment to help prevent breakouts and to spot treat specific blemishes, a glycolic treatment is a must! All of our HydraFacial treatments offer GlySal Prep = 7.5% Glycolic Acid and 2% Salicylic Acid Peel. This product combines the benefits of aggressive exfoliation and chemical peels into a one-step resurfacing procedure. The result combines accelerated peel benefits with visible skin rejuvenation and no irritation... and this strength is safe for use during pregnancy.

If you are looking for an at-home glycolic treatment we recommend and both use GOOPGLOW 15% GLYCOLIC OVERNIGHT GLOW PEEL

(We unfortunately don't sell this product in the office, you can order online...)

DO: Exfoliate and use an antioxidant serum.

Exfoliation is so important! Exfoliating regularly will reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, fade hyperpigmentation, and can even soften the appearance of fine lines with regular use. We like GOOPGLOW MICRODERM INSTANT GLOW EXFOLIATOR

An antioxidant serum like True Botanical's Topical Vitamin C Booster can also reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots brought on by melasma. *This product coupled with routine HydraFacials (Platinum package with Alastin's medical grade serum) have done wonders for my (Sarah) Melasma!

DON’T: Use retinoids.

Any use of retinoids must be avoided during pregnancy altogether.

DO: Wear sunscreen.

I (Sarah) am super low maintenance when it comes to makeup - mostly because I don't know how to apply it without looking like a rodeo clown. So I use my tinted SPF daily as protection - and to give my face a little boost. Melanie and I both love and use Alastin and Epionce's tinted SPF (Epionce has a higher SPF for those days in full sun. Alastin's SPF feels a little lighter.)

DO: Clean out clogged pores.

Luckily, you don't have to avoid extractions during pregnancy! Yay!! You can use either your professional-strength glycolic treatment, or for faster resolution of blemishes, schedule a HydraFacial for mechanical extractions! You'll leave with squeaky clean glowing skin, and unclogged pores!

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