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From pregnancy to postpartum: how a mother should take care of her skin

A woman’s body undergoes countless transformations during pregnancy and after giving birth and the skin is one of the factors that requires the most attention.

At every stage of life our body deserves care, but during pregnancy it is even more important to dedicate time to our skin. Attention must range from discovering the baby’s arrival to the postpartum period and is not limited to new mothers.

Melasma during and after pregnancy

Among the most frequent changes in the body of expectant mothers during pregnancy are dark spots. During this period it is possible to notice the darkening of moles and the appearance or worsening of spots on the face, characteristics of melasma.

The problem arises from hyperpigmentation of the skin which can occur especially on the face. It tends to disappear or improve within three months of giving birth, but can persist for long periods.

The overall prevalence of melasma in Latin American women ranges from 1.5% to 33.3% and increases in pregnant women to 50% and 80%. Furthermore, the condition is common in subsequent pregnancies and has a negative impact on quality of life, especially because it affects facial and body image.

Due to dissatisfaction with their appearance, patients experience impaired self-esteem with repercussions on their personal and professional lives. In this sense, to prevent the disease it is essential to adopt photoprotection measures.

Additionally, combined lightening therapies and outpatient procedures may be needed to improve the blemish. It is important to emphasize that only qualified dermatologists can perform the procedures, otherwise the problem may worsen.

The problem of stretch marks and acne

Stretch marks are also common before and after giving birth. This is because the distension beyond the elastic capacity of the skin, especially in the area of ​​the belly and hips (areas that undergo intense transformations during pregnancy), favors the development of signs in these regions.

Furthermore, during and after pregnancy, the mother may experience increased skin sensitivity, which facilitates the appearance of acne. These changes are a consequence of hormonal sensitivity, in addition to natural weight gain during pregnancy.

Discover essential skin care tips during pregnancy

With Mother’s Day in mind, we have prepared a list of treatments that can help women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Watch:

Sun protection

The most important thing, without a doubt, is daily use with a protection factor, even in poorly exposed environments given the high sensitivity of the period. These products help control the appearance of imperfections and ensure healthy skin.

“It is important not to apply the filter in the breastfeeding areas so that the baby does not come into contact with the product. The pregnant woman or mother can use any type of sunscreen, preferably with high protection factors, above 30”, explains Dr. Fabiane. Brenner, director of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology.

Skin cleansing

The oiliness of the skin of pregnant women may increase due to hormonal stimulation. To treat blackheads and pimples, future mothers should consult their dermatologist and check which is the best solution, using dermocosmetics that are risk-free for the baby. You should avoid handling products that contain acids and even using aesthetic devices with high frequency waves.

The skin requires attention regarding hydration already in normal conditions, during pregnancy the care must be doubled. But, again, you need to pay attention to the products allowed and recommended by dermatologists.

Skin after childbirth

After giving birth, the mother’s skin may have some small imperfections. The most common (and uncomfortable for some women) signs are red stretch marks, cellulite and dark spots.

The areas with stretch marks will not disappear completely, but they can be attenuated with the use of specific creams to improve the appearance of the skin with combined treatments. When it comes to dark spots, if they do not disappear within three months, you need to consult a dermatologist for treatment.

After giving birth, the body once again goes through a major hormonal readjustment, a period in which it is important to pay attention to hydration of the body. This means that fluid intake must be more frequent (even more so if the mother is breastfeeding). Also, moisturizing your skin daily with creams and oils is good advice.

After the birth of your baby, do not neglect sun protection and pay attention to the products used, which require medical evaluation. Therefore, the risk of passing through breast milk is significantly reduced.

“To regain elasticity, firmness and regenerate the epidermis, use specific restorative moisturizing creams, try to take quick showers, use soap only in the creases and avoid the use of loofahs”, explains Dr. Fabiane.

The expert also adds that a healthy routine, with regular physical activity, is essential to restore previous weight, and thus maintain a woman’s energy and self-esteem.

Source: Terra

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