There’s no question—pregnancy affects your skin. Once you’ve delivered, some skin care issues may continue to linger—including acne and melasma (areas of hyperpigmentation). The good news is that there are steps you can take to help get your skin after pregnancy back to pre-baby condition.
Did you experience acne during your pregnancy? You might still have it… or you might be getting it for the first time. Even worse, you’re probably not sleeping as much as you need, triggering the production of Cortisol and causing body-wide inflammation (thereby aggravating acne). You also might not have as much time to care for your skin as you’d like, thereby creating a perfect storm for acne breakouts.
Fortunately, your hormones will eventually return to normal. Until then, try to work in a consistent skin care regimen of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing twice a day. You can also spot-treat any breakouts to help speed up the healing process.
[We recommend: Enzyme Cleansing Gel or Acne Facial Cleanser*, Special Cucumber Lotion, Oil Free Moisturizer, and the Drying Lotion*] (See below for important note regarding breastfeeding and acne-fighting ingredients)
Melasma is also known as the ‘mask of pregnancy’ because it often creates a mask-like area of hyperpigmentation on the face. In particular, your forehead, cheeks, and upper lip may be affected by areas of darkened skin.
Fear not—melasma usually fades with time. You can, however, hasten its departure with a few simple strategies. Here’s what to do:
1. Always (always) keep your skin guarded from the sun with broad spectrum sun protection. [We recommend: Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30]
2. Exfoliate regularly using an Alpha Hydroxy Acid such as Glycolic Acid.
3. Look for masks and serums with skin-brightening ingredients, including Vitamin C and Kojic Acid. [Check out: Whitening Mask and Vitamin C Serum]
*The Acne Facial Cleanser and Drying Lotion contain Salicylic Acid, which is considered generally safe to use when breastfeeding. However, we suggest you speak with your doctor regarding any and all topical products.