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Skin Care during Pregnancy {Pregnancy}

Posted Dec 05 2012 11:45pm

As if doubling in size, swollen ankles and uncontrollable mood swings aren’t enough to contend with throughout pregnancy, the problem of skincare can be pretty annoying too. Here are a few of the more irritating skin complaints you might come across and ways to conquer them.

Sensitive skin
Now you’re pregnant, you need to look at your skin in a whole different way. Even scrubbing and exfoliating can cause redness and be more painful than usual. That’s because your blood vessels have moved closer to the surface. This means you will need to make a few changes to adapt to your body's new-found sensitivity.
Applying the best day cream for your skin will help boost your skin’s metabolism, encouraging a younger, brighter and healthier look. But don’t neglect your skin when the sun goes down. In fact, this is the time to really treat it. Some of the best night creams contain natural ingredients such as soy bean and red clover which are great for restoring density to the skin.
Breakouts If people are commenting on your pregnancy glow, this may not necessarily be a compliment, although if it is, you’re one of the lucky ones! Instead, it may be in reference to that greasy shine you’ve developed. Pregnancy hormones increase the amount of oil your skin produces, and in doing so take you back to your teenage years of spots and acne.
Don’t get disheartened though – there are ways you can help minimize skin breakouts. Remove all traces of make up at the end of the day and use the best facial cleanser you can buy. A replenishing one is good to keep your skin balanced.
PUPPPS - more commonly known as a weird rash! PUPPPs (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) also known as PEP (polymorphic eruption of pregnancy) is another fairly common skin complaint of mums-to-be. This unusual rash usually starts in the abdomen area and moves on from there. The good news is it’s harmless to the baby but the itchiness could soon drive you up the wall. You could try bathing in oatmeal, or alternatively find an anti-itch cream that will soothe irritated skin.
Dry and flaky skin While some mums battle the grease, others suffer drier skin than usual, which is why it’s important to keep up your moisturizing regime. However, even after applying your moisturizer, you may notice dry, flaky patches of skin. That’s where a skin balm comes in handy . Look for one jam packed with vitamin E, essential oils and nourishing shea and cocoa butters as these will give your skin an extra nourishing boost.
Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated and give your skin some TLC both morning and night. You’ll soon discover the real glow of pregnancy and as soon as your bundle of joy arrives your skin problems should disappear.
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