• Caring for Your Skin During Pregnancy

    You may have a skin care routine you love now, but when you become pregnant, you might need to take a different approach. Not only can pregnancy change your skin, but some of the products that you are currently using may be safe for your baby. Your dermatologist can help you make adjustments to your skin care routine that are safe and healthy during pregnancy. This advice will also help.  

    Avoid Harmful Ingredients 

    There are a few ingredients that are common in skin care products that could potentially be harmful to your baby. Generally, you should avoid products with these ingredients: 

    • Retinoids (such as Retin-A) 
    • Salicylic acid 
    • Benzoyl peroxide 
    • Alpha hydroxy acids 
    • Beta hydroxy acids 

    Some of these ingredients may be safe in small amounts when they are used under the supervision of your doctor. Be sure to consult with your dermatologist before using any of these skin care ingredients.  

    Opt for Gentle Cleaners 

    During pregnancy, it’s best to opt for gentle products. Replace your more aggressive cleaners with micellar water or another gentle facial cleanser. It will help to keep your skin calm and prevent dryness. After cleansing, follow up with a rich moisturizer, which will also keep your skin calm and smooth. It’s safe to use a moisturizer with sunscreen in it, but choose physical, rather than chemical sunscreen ingredients. Look for products with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, so you get sun protection without the chemicals that can seep into your bloodstream and affect your baby.  

    Reconsider Anti-Aging Treatments 

    Many treatments, such as Botox, are not recommended for use during pregnancy, and laser treatments are typically only recommended during the second and third trimesters. You can review your anti-aging treatment goals with your dermatologist to determine what treatments are safe for you and which should wait until after your pregnancy.  

    At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, our providers can help you construct a safe and effective skin care regime for your pregnancy and beyond. To learn much more, make an appointment with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City by calling (801) 266-8841. 

     

  • Understanding How Pregnancy Affects the Skin

    Pregnancy is an event that brings on major changes throughout the body, including with the skin. While you may have heard of the “pregnancy glow,” that is not the only change that pregnancy may cause to your skin. Here is a look at how your skin may change throughout your pregnancy. 

    Mask of Pregnancy 

    The mask of pregnancy won’t do you any good on Halloween—this condition is also called melasma and results in dark spots that appear on the face. The areas of dark pigmentation may be splotchy and affect about half of all pregnant women. 

    Stretch Marks 

    As your abdomen expands to hold your growing baby, your skin will stretch out to accommodate this change. Stretch marks may form as a result, appearing as pink, red, or white streaks on the skin. Since the breasts also grow rapidly during pregnancy, they may be affected by stretch marks as well. 

    Acne 

    One of the common causes behind acne is hormonal changes, which can cause an increase in your skin’s oil production. As your hormonal levels fluctuate during pregnancy, you may notice that your skin breaks out as a result. If you already experience acne, it may become worse during pregnancy. 

    Spider and Varicose Veins 

    During pregnancy, there will be more blood in your body than usual, since some of your blood flow will be going to your growing baby. This can put excess pressure on the valves in your veins that keep blood flowing in the right direction. If the blood flows backward through a valve, it can pool and cause the vein to expand, resulting in a spider vein or varicose vein. 

    Darkening of the Skin 

    It is common for skin pigment to darken due to the hormonal fluctuations that occur during pregnancy. This may be especially noticeable on areas of the skin that already have darker pigment, such as moles and freckles. 

    If you are concerned about spider veins, stretch marks, acne, or other common skin changes that occur during pregnancy, Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology is ready to help. Our team of skin care specialists can diagnose and treat a wide range of skin conditions. To schedule an appointment at our dermatology office in Salt Lake City, call (801) 266-8841 today.