Postpartum Skin Care Tips

Postpartum Skin Care Tips

The hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy and after the birth of your child can create changes in your skin that sometimes lead to unsightly problems. You can find yourself facing the acne you thought you left behind in your teen years, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, dry skin, stretch marks, and other problems. If you had a cesarean, then you will also be left with a scar. Luckily, there are some natural, healthy, and easy solutions to help your postpartum skin look great and that can help reduce the appearance of any scars.

C-Section Scars

If you have a cesarean, c-section scar prevention begins with treating the wound. You should follow any instructions from your doctor, but generally you want to keep the incision covered so it will remain moist, which helps it to heal with less chance of a scar. Once the incision has healed, then you can apply a scar treatment cream. You want one with natural and safe ingredients, such as dimethicone silicone, vitamin C and licorice root extract. These ingredients have been found to promote the body’s healing and fade scars over time.

Acne and Acne Scars

The excess estrogen in your system during pregnancy often led to glowing, beautiful skin. Now, the hormonal imbalance mixed with stress, lack of sleep, and no time for your normal skin care regime might have left you with acne, which may lead to unsightly scars. The first action you need to take is to treat the acne. Make sure to clean your skin, use oil-free ingredients, and use a topical cream or gel that fights acne. If you have scars, you can treat them with a scar treatment cream that will help to even out the skin and lighten the scars. You can also talk to your doctor about treatment for acne scars, including dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, laser surgery, or acne scar surgery.

Hyperpigmentation

Many women find themselves with dark patches of skin on the forehead, upper lip, and cheeks, known as chloasma or melasma. They develop due to an increase of melanin production that occurred during pregnancy. Your body will most likely find its balance once again, no longer producing as much melanin, and those dark patches will fade. Until then, you can help by staying out of the sun and wearing sunscreen. You can also use a skin lightening cream, but you want to stay away from certain ingredients, namely kojic acid and hydroquinone. These can have dangerous side effects, including hormonal imbalance, toxicity, and carcinogenic effects.  Licorice root extract is a natural ingredient that has been shown to safely lighten skin.

In addition to using special creams to help your skin find its balance after pregnancy, you should also pay attention to your overall health. Be sure to eat healthy and get as much sleep as your new baby allows. This promotes your body’s healing process and can help heal any skin problems.

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5 Foods That Moisturize Skin

5 Foods That Moisturize Skin

You already know that moisturizing regularly is the best way to soothe and hydrate dry skin, as well as provide the hydration necessary for proper scar healing. But did you know that you can also choose foods that have moisturizing properties? It’s true!

Here are five types of foods that help add much needed moisture to your skin:

1. Salmon

The barrier that holds moisture in your skin is comprised of omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon and other fatty fish like tuna and trout. If seafood isn’t your thing, you can also get plenty of omega-3 from nuts, whole grains, and avocado.

2. Orange and Yellow Veggies

Select vegetables and fruits whose bright colors remind you of the sun for a moisturizing boost. Sweet potatoes, carrots, apricots, cantaloupe, red peppers, and mangoes all contain plenty of beta carotene, an antioxidant that helps fight dry skin. These types of veggies are also high in vitamin C, which helps produce the collagen vital to scar healing .

3. Celery and Cucumber

In addition to adding crunch to your salad, this vegetables both pack plenty of silica. This is a compound that helps boost your skin’s moisture and elasticity. And as a bonus, they both taste great raw, making an easy, portable snack.

4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Cooking with this healthy fat rather than butter gives you a big dose of vitamin E, which helps give your skin additional moisture. In addition, using olive oil is part of the Mediterranean diet, which is said to cut calories and reduce the incidence of heart disease.

5. Dark, Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale have plenty of health benefits, not the least of which is providing vitamin A that helps to soothe and moisturize dry skin. In addition to packing your plate with greens, you can also try other vitamin A rich foods like carrots and squash.

Healthy eating helps to keep your skin at its best and promotes scar healing, so avoid junk food, too much sugar, and fatty, deep-fried dishes.

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Skin Changes During Pregnancy

Skin Changes During Pregnancy

One of the common side effects of pregnancy is your skin’s reaction to the unfamiliar hormones flooding your system. Some of these are pleasant, such as the “glow” many pregnant women enjoy. Unfortunately, more of them are unpleasant for pregnant women; symptoms commonly experienced by pregnant women include everything from stretch marks and skin tags to acne and melasma.

Acne
Some pregnant women are lucky enough to enjoy a decrease in acne and clear, glowing skin. Some unlucky women, however, experience an increase in acne or even acne when and where they have never had it before. This type of acne usually disappears after delivery, when hormones gradually return to normal. But acne scars and dark marks can remain, and can be distressing for the woman.

Melasma
Pregnancy can cause an increase in skin pigmentation in certain areas of the body, even the face, as seen with melasma. Women who are not pregnant as well as (rarely) men can also experience melasma, but it is by far more commonly seen in pregnant women. Melasma causes a patchy tan or brown discoloration of the facial skin, typically on the cheeks, upper lip, chin, and forehead. Sun exposure can worsen melasma. People with darker skin tones have a greater risk of developing melasma during their pregnancies.

What to Avoid During and After Pregnancy
Depending on the type of skin change you experience, there are different methods for minimizing the appearance of the change and restoring your skin to its original state. However, whether you are dealing with melasma, acne, or even a cut or scrape unrelated to your pregnancy, you want to be sure to choose products and techniques that are safe for use during pregnancy.

That means avoiding:

  • Vitamin E: Studies do not show that vitamin E improves scars, and it can also cause skin irritation.
  •  Hydroquinone: Although it does lighten scars, hydroquinone can also cause permanent skin discoloration, delayed healing, and skin irritation. It has also been suspected of causing some types of cancer, and has been banned in certain countries.
  • Kojic Acid: Kojic acid can cause increased skin sensitivity, potentially resulting in allergic contact dermatitis.
  • Additives such as fragrances and preservatives: Depending on the specific agent used, these can cause skin irritation.

How to Treat Skin Changes during Pregnancy
Instead, focus on treatment methods that involve natural and safe ingredients, such as licorice extract and vitamin C, to lighten scars, melasma, and acne marks during pregnancy. You can also maximize your results by drinking plenty of water, which benefits overall health, eating a healthy diet, avoiding the sun, and getting plenty of (doctor-approved) exercise. Exercise improves oxygen-rich blood circulation and contributes to the healing process; walking is a great exercise that most pregnant women can do daily. If you are already accustomed to more strenuous exercise, ask your doctor about continuing your normal routine during your pregnancy; it’s safe in many cases.

Do you have a question about your scar? Leave us a comment and we’ll be happy to answer.

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Skin Care Tips for Acne Prone Skin

Skin Care Tips for Acne Prone Skin

Blemishes that seem to appear out of nowhere can be stressful. Individuals with a complexion that is prone to acne have likely tried every fad on the market to try to abolish it or diminish its appearance. If you face this problem on a regular basis, it is time to adjust the way you handle your complexion and follow some new rules for skin care.

Skin problems such as acne occur because of many factors. Your nutrition, your genetics, and even the weather can all play a role in your skin type and potential for acne. To keep your skin in a state of healthy condition, you should transition to a new skin care routine as soon as possible. This will decrease the chances of a breakout, clogged pores or even dry skin. There are many things that can be done to increase the health of one’s skin, and we’ve listed a few below:

Keep Your Hair Away From Your Face
You may be surprised to know that having your hair touching the sensitive skin on your face can be just as damaging as using skin care products that are inappropriate for your skin type. Those with an over-production of sebum at the scalp may find that their greasy hair strands are also contributing to clogged pores on the skin every time it comes into contact with it. Some ways to combat this is to wash your hair less frequently, as this helps balance out sebum production, and to use a weekly scalp treatment.

Hands Off!
Throughout the day you touch your face, either due to anxiety, adjusting your makeup or simply out of habit. However, this is a very bad habit for those who are prone to acne. Bacteria picked up by your hands can be transferred to your face. This occurs as you touch handles on doors, hard surfaces, your cell phone or other items. If you absolutely must touch your face, be sure to wash your hands before doing so. Additionally, squeezing pimples, white heads or picking scabs from acne should be avoided at all costs, as it damages the skin and may result in acne scars or further hyperpigmentation. Again, your dirty hands could result in further infection of your skin!

Get Plenty of Rest
The way you sleep can influence the state of your health and the condition of your skin. There may be nothing more damaging to your skin than a sleepless night. Your body needs time for recovery from the daytime activities that can exhaust you. In addition to your body recooperating each night, it’s best to change pillow cases frequently (if not daily, every few nights will do.) Your pillow case is a breeding ground for bacteria.

Wash Your Face
Which leads us to our next tip – washing your face before bed is a necessity! It removes the dirt and grime from the day, and if you are a woman, it removes all of the pore clogging makeup.

ReadAcne Do’s and Don’ts

Use Products for Your Skin Type
When you use skin care products appropriate for your skin type, it should balance your skin. If your skin remains oily or overly dry, then chances are, your skin care products are wrong for you. The wrong skin care products = problem skin. Don’t forget that toners, exfoliating the skin at least once a week and serums are a must!

Relaxation
You are more likely to have an outbreak of blemishes when you are under high amounts of pressure. To help reduce the appearance of acne, you must reduce the level of stress that you experience. You should also try to relax as often as you can. You can slow down the development of acne by using breathing techniques that will help to calm your nervous system.

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