MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Dermatology, Venerology & Leprosy
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What are the best ways to take care of the skin during pregnancy?
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During pregnancy, you should always use products that are gentle on the skin and are not very sensitive. Pregnant women tend to sweat a lot which can lead to acne hence you need to wash the skin properly. You should also drink a lot of water to keep the skin hydrated at all the times which is extremely helpful for the skin to remain glowing and healthy. You should avoid using products that are sensitive to the skin which can have chances of harming the fetus as well if readily absorbed by the skin.
What to avoid in skin care during pregnancy?
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At the time of pregnancy, you need to care for your skin, but at the same time, you should very well remember that you should not do anything that will harm the baby. The derivatives of vitamin A or retinoids are found in most skin care products, but high doses of this vitamin A can harm the baby. Medicine for acne, Accutane, which are oral retinoids if taken by pregnant women can cause congenital disabilities in the child. Similarly, salicylic acid if taken orally for skin care can cause complications in pregnancy. You should consult with an expert before using kind of skin care products especially the oral ones to eliminate chances of risk.
Skin care products containing Beta Hydroxyl Acid is considered safe during pregnancy.
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You should always avoid using the skin care products that contain beta hydroxyl acid during the times of gestation. Studies have revealed that this acid harms the developing baby and give rise to a number of complications during the time delivery. At times, it may cause some defects at birth. You can look for the skin care products that contain glycolic acid instead during the times of pregnancy which is almost free from side effects.
Serum with vitamin C can be used as an anti-aging product during pregnancy.
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Vitamin C actually acts as an extremely excellent substitute in place of vitamin A for the anti-aging treatment. Vitamin C does not have any side effects on the skin, and at the same time, it does not have any effect on the baby as well and hence can be very well used for taking care of your skin during pregnancy. You should always go for products from good brands especially during the times of pregnancy so that there are no side effects.
You should avoid using jasmine, rosemary, and cinnamon for skin care during pregnancy.
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The products like jasmine, rosemary, and cinnamon for skin care are natural products, but they are known to cause an increase in the blood pressure and also cause early contractions. Hence, it is best to avoid these products during the times of pregnancy. If your skin is sensitive, you might not be able to use other products as well, so it is better you consult with a dermatologist before using anything.