Pregnancy must be the most joyous journey for any woman. Make sure U are protected against the common skin problems faced during this time while keeping your baby safe:
1. FACIAL PIGMENTATION
Occurs in a butterfly distribution on the cheeks.Very common, affecting 70-80% indian women.Use a physical suncreen daily. Azelaic acid creams and Lactic acid peels are effective in treating them.
2. STRETCH MARKS
Occurs due to stretching of muscles and skin due to the growing fotus. Start applying a Vit E containing mosturiser, olive oil or virgin coconut oil all over body from 1st month. This increases the elasticity of the skin to make it withstand the stretch without cracking up
Topical Benzoyl Peroxide is used to treat pimples during pregnacy. Keep ur face oil free by using a mild cleanser containing tea tree oil or lactic acid.
Icthing is a very common complaint during pregnancy. Treat early to avoid excessive scratching which may lead to secondary infections, sleeplessness and irritability. Keep nails trimmed. Calamine lotion acts as a good cooling agent to provide some relief. Dermatologist may prescribe mild steroids or antipruritic lotions along with oral antihistamines.
5. HAIR FALL
Starts 1 to 5 months post delivery. All hair lost are regained in a year. Use hair serums prescribed by your doctor. Use a mild sulfate and paraben free shampoo. Do not comb wet hair. Leave in hair serum also helps prevent tangles and friction.
Take extra care about physical and oral hygeine during this delicate time where unneccesary medications are best avoided. Keep the skin barrier intact by using a body lotion right after bath, avoid excessie wetness or sweating to prevent fungal infections, eat well and keep your immunity high.