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Ask Dr. Schultz | Skin Care Guides | The Dos and Don'ts of Skincare When You're Pregnant

The Dos and Don'ts of Skincare When You're Pregnant

Pregnancy is a beautiful time of change — from physical changes to growing a family to finding a way to balance your career, everything in your world is shifting. And wrapped up into that beautiful time of change can be changes with your skin.

During pregnancy, hormonal shifts as well as the possible appearance of Melasma may take you by surprise. So which skincare products are safe to use to combat those changes? Always check your skincare products' packaging to understand if they're safe for use. If you're still not sure, always call the company. There are many ways to care for your changing skin during pregnancy, and here are some of the tips Dr. Schultz shares with his clients:

DO: Be aware that you have a 50/50 chance your skin will clear up.

If you’ve entered into pregnancy with acne issues, the good news is that there is a 50 percent chance that the flood of pregnancy hormones could clear up your skin. On the flip side, there is also a 50 percent chance pregnancy may cause breakouts that you have never experienced before. But don’t let that be an added stress! If you fall into that second camp, there are plenty of solutions to take care of your changing skin.

DO: Use your normal topical treatments.

Dr. Schultz says, “When pregnant, you can safely use your standard skincare treatments, including cleansers and toners. Even spot treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid products are considered safe during pregnancy.”

DO: Use an at-home glycolic product.

If you need a whole face treatment to help prevent breakouts and to spot treat specific blemishes, an at-home glycolic is a great choice. Topical antibiotics, such as Erythromycin and Clindamycin, are also okay to use.

DO: Exfoliate and use an antioxidant serum.

Exfoliating regularly will reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, fade brown spots and blotches, and can even soften the appearance of fine lines with regular use. An antioxidant serum like our Triple Vitamin C Serum can also reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots brought on by Melasma.

DON’T: Use retinoids.

Any use of retinoids must be avoided during pregnancy altogether.

DO: Wear sunscreen.

If you're dealing with Melasma, extra sun damage can do even more harm to your skin. And protecting yourself with a lightweight sunscreen like Solar Defense SPF 50 can also double as your makeup primer!

DO: Clean out clogged pores.

Any cleaning you need to treat clogged pores need not be avoided during pregnancy. You can use either your professional-strength glycolic treatment, or for faster resolution of pimples, visit your facialist or dermatology office.

DON’T: Use anything you’re not comfortable using.

If there’s ever any question or you’re feeling extra cautious, you can feel good about simply sticking to your cleanser and toner. You should always make the choice that makes you comfortable.

DON’T: Try everything at once.

Start with the simplest solution and work through your other options from there. If you find you’re not responding to topical treatments or acne cleanings, an oral acne medication may be warranted. But try one treatment at a time so you can really understand how it’s affecting your skin. And of course, consult with your doctors on any oral treatment before taking it.

When it comes down to it, you can do a lot to treat and protect your skin despite the shifting hormones of pregnancy. Bookmark these do’s and don’ts so you can feel confident about taking care of your skin during pregnancy. And enjoy the changes that come along with those special nine months while enjoying skin that glows as much as you do.

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