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Hi Mom, congratulations on the new baby! So you just went through 9 months of pregnancy and many changes have happened with your body and skin. This period of postpartum can be both exciting and challenging for you. While the focus is typically on the new baby, it is important that you take care of yourself as well. One area that often goes overlooked is the changes to your skin. Pregnancy can cause changes in a woman’s skin, which can persist long after giving birth.
In this blog post, we will explore some of the most common postpartum skin concerns, including acne, hyperpigmentation, loss of facial volume, and stretch marks, and offer tips for addressing them.
Acne is a common skin concern for many women during pregnancy but can persist after giving birth. Hormonal fluctuations, stress, lack of sleep, and changes in diet can all contribute to excessive oil production and, postpartum acne. The good news is that there are several things you can do to help clear up your skin. Always start first with your daily skincare routine. Look for products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, as these can help unclog pores and reduce inflammation. Although it could be very challenging to manage your stress as new parents, make sure you try to reduce stress levels and prioritize sleep, as these can also impact acne.
If your acne persists, talk to #GMASkinexperts about other treatment options.
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Hyperpigmentation, or darkening of the skin, is by far the number one most common postpartum skin concern. It is caused by hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy and can be exacerbated by sun exposure. To help prevent hyperpigmentation, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 daily. Additionally, look for products that contain vitamin C, which can help brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots. If you already have hyperpigmentation, consider using a topical retinoid, which can help regular cellular renewal to exfoliate the skin, normalize the production of melanin and reduce the appearance of dark spots over time.
Suggested products for postpartum hyperpigmentation:
Pregnancy can cause a loss of volume in the face due to decreased estrogen levels. This can result in a hollowed-out appearance around the eyes and cheeks. To address this concern, consider collagen-induced treatments such as Microneedling and injectable treatments such as dermal fillers or PDO Threads, which can help to restore volume and plump up the skin. Additionally, look for skincare products that contain peptides, which can help to stimulate collagen production and improve skin elasticity.
Suggested products for postpartum volume loss & lack of elasticity:
Stretch marks are a common postpartum skin concern, affecting up to 90% of women. They occur when the skin is stretched beyond its capacity, causing the collagen and elastin fibres to break. At GMA, we offer a powerful and effective customized treatment called “Mommy Tummy Makeover” using the power of Infini RF Microneedling to help new moms with improving the appearance of their stretchmarks.
Suggested treatments for postpartum stretchmarks at GMA Clinic: RF Microneedling
In conclusion, postpartum skin concerns are a common and often overlooked issue for new moms. However, by taking care of your skin with the right treatments and using the right products, you can help to address these concerns and restore your skin’s health and vitality. Remember to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and prioritize self-care to help your skin look and feel its best.
If you are struggling with any postpartum skin concerns, don’t hesitate to BOOK A CONSULTATION with #GMASkinExperts.