Pregnancy brings a lot of changes to the body. One of the side effects of pregnancy is suddenly finding yourself with very oily skin.
Why Is the Skin so Oily During Pregnancy?
Acne is a common experience during the first and second trimesters for many expectant moms. Blame it on the rapid hormonal changes of the body! When pregnant, the growing skin glands produce large amounts of sebum. This is the oil that creates clogging of the skin pores and leads to breakouts that make you feel like you have regained your teenage skin. The change in the sebum production rate is directly linked to the change in the body’s progesterone levels. If you are prone to getting pimples around the time of your menstruation, you may experience more sebum production than other pregnant women.
Sebum can also cause inflammation and bacterial deposits so it is important that you take care of your skin with products made especially for the purpose.
Using Acne Wash During Pregnancy
While it is tempting to reach out for a regular acne wash, pregnancy is the time when you have to be extremely careful about what you use on your skin. Everything applied on the skin is absorbed by the bloodstream and passed to your placenta. So you need to invest in the right kind of face wash for oily skin during pregnancy.
Remember this is not the time to go for vigorous cleaning routines. Relax and cleanse the toxins gently. Assist your facewash by frequently washing your hair. Change pillowcases, bedsheets, and any other clothing your face and hair come in regular contact with. Resist picking at your acne. Do not forget to moisturize and always use sunscreen when outside.
Using Foundation and Concealers During Pregnancy
Now it is understandable that you want to look good. Wearing makeup can not only lift the flow in your face it can also lift your spirits. But be careful. If your skin has suddenly become oily, chances are you may need makeup meant for oily skin now.
As with your face wash, be doubly cautious when choosing a foundation and a concealer. Most cosmetics are harmless when used occasionally, However, consider using pregnancy-safe foundation and concealers for the course of the 40 weeks.
Some Ingredients to Avoid in Your Face Wash and Makeup
Whichever beauty products you choose, be sure to stay clear of
- Benzoyl Peroxide
- Salicylic Acid
Ask your dermatologist and ob-gyn for a complete list of ingredients known to cause birth defects.
Some Ingredients to Look For in Your Face Wash and Makeup
Look out for gentle products which contain
- Organic ingredients
- Mineral-based SPF
- Glycolic Acid
- Enriching nutrients safe for both mother and child
Ask your dermatologist and ob-gyn for a complete list of ingredients known to be harmless during pregnancy.
A simple and regular cleaning and makeup routine will help you control your oily skin breakouts as well as give you the glow you desire. But do not overdo it. All pregnant women look naturally beautiful and so do you!