For those of you who missed live pregnancy skin care web chat last week, here's a summary of everything we've discussed.
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- I am seventh month pregnant and my facial skin is dehydrated, but I cannot use anything too heavy because I fear that I will clog the pores. What would you recommend?
- Now that I'm pregnant, I seem to get a lot more spots. Is that normal?
- My skin became extremely sensitive during pregnancy – with a terrible heat rash and general itching. Can I do anything to calm down?
- I am concerned that the dark spots on my face will darken after pregnancy due to chloasma. Is there an effective way to prevent this from happening?
- My 38-year-old sister is 16 weeks pregnant and has a terrible bright red pimple rash all over her face. What would you advise her to use?
- This is my first pregnancy and I'm worried that my skin won't get back in shape. What is the best way to suffocate my stomach, breasts and thighs?
- I have developed psoriasis on my scalp and I can't stop itching. What is best to use?
- Is sun protection safe during pregnancy?
- Is your Rose Hip BioRegenerat safe to use during pregnancy?
- I started getting skin tags, is that normal? How to get rid of her
- Since I am pregnant, my skin is itching particularly around my stomach. How can I stop it?
- Can you recommend skin care products that are suitable for babies and children?
- Can your new Stretch Mark System be used for keloid scars?
- Is there any way to get rid of old stretch marks? Can creams and serums improve the actual markings or is it about making the skin around them better?
- My skin is dehydrated during pregnancy. What would you suggest?
- I had the strange visible filament vein on my cheeks for a while, but I've had a lot more since I'm pregnant. How can I get rid of them?
1. I am seven months pregnant and my facial skin is dehydrated, but I cannot use anything too heavy because I am worried that the pores will be clogged. What would you recommend?
To be completely honest, if your skin is ticking well, I would not change anything too drastically, because you do not want to disturb the balance.
The only products that can contribute to dehydration are creams because they provide moisture. Stick to a light cream if it works best for you, but use it more often – and also increase your water and essential fatty acid intake to nourish your skin from the inside out.
I would say our Geranium & Thistle Combination Cream would be best.
2. I seem to get a lot more spots now that I'm pregnant. Is that normal?
We hear from many women who say the same thing! It is completely normal for women to have irregular outbreaks during their pregnancy – all thanks to these beautiful hormones!
Extra oil rain increases sebum production and makes blackheads, spots and breakouts more likely than usual. These hormonal spots are most likely to appear around the chin and jaw.
It is best to use detergents and non-alcoholic products because they keep your skin's oil production in balance. It is also advisable to avoid foods that are high in refined sugar and low-quality animal fats.
3. My skin became extremely sensitive during pregnancy – with a terrible heat rash and general itching. Can I do anything to calm it down?
Yes, wearing light cotton fabrics definitely helps to relieve itching. Avoid tights / leggings or vest tops made of synthetic fibers. Cotton maternity bras are also important because many women tend to get itchy – e.g. round bra closures and straps that apply pressure to the skin.
Avoid foaming shower gels and avoid cleaning agents such as sodium lauryl sulfate and cocamidopropyl betaine – as these are irritating and also affect the natural oil / pH balance of your skin. Look for them in the ingredient lists.
I personally swear by a good 80% olive oil soap that was applied with a soft loofah. Then apply a natural / organic body cream. Creams contain a lot of water and so relieve the dryness and dehydration of your skin. Our Comfrey & Calendula Calming Body Cream is ideal for you because it is very gentle and was specially developed for aggravated or allergy-prone skin.
4. I am concerned that the dark spots on my face will darken after pregnancy due to chloasma. Is there an effective way to prevent this from happening?
Chloasma is difficult to prevent. However, there are a few things you can do to reduce the impact.
It is very important to stay away from strong sunlight (the brown spots are melanin, a hormone that protects the skin from the sun), and sticking to gentle, soothing products can also be helpful.
The best way to improve the appearance of dark spots on the face is to use a regenerative oil at night.
Our Rosehip BioRegeneratöl is great because it is full of nutrients that are proven to balance skin tone.
5. My 38-year-old sister is 16 weeks pregnant with her first baby and has a terrible bright red pimple rash all over her face. What would you advise her to use?
First, please tell your sister that it will get better! The first trimester can be notoriously difficult for many pregnant women because the hormone levels really increase at that moment.
Stains along the jaw are a classic sign of hormonal fluctuations, so topical creams only do so much to help alleviate their breakouts. Now, in her second trimester, her skin should calm down.
I would advise her to avoid all foaming facial cleansers to ensure that she keeps her natural oil and pH balance in check. You should switch to a detergent-free cream cleaner – our Camellia & Rose Cleanser could be a good choice.
The more she can leave her skin to bring herself back into balance, the better, so a light layer of moisturizer in the morning should be more than sufficient.
A good intake of Omegas 3, 6, and 9 also helps soothe her skin from the inside, and she should try to cut down foods that are high in refined sugar – hard on the sweet cravings that I have know!
Here is a previous blog post I wrote about managing outbreaks.
6. This is my first pregnancy and I am worried that my skin will not get back in shape. What is the best way to suffocate my stomach, breasts and thighs?
For the skin to get back in shape, it must be as supple and elastic as possible.
That means a lot of creams and oils – that's why we put them together in our new stretch marks system. This blog is meant to help explain exactly how they work.
7. I have developed psoriasis on my scalp and I can't stop itching. What is best to use?
Unfortunately, psoriasis is one of the most difficult allergies to treat – especially on the scalp, as it is difficult to find effective shampoos that do not contain any harsh detergents. The following contribution to psoriasis may be worth reading.
I would choose a natural shampoo that is SLS free. Bentley Organic and John Masters are two of the better shampoo brands on the market.
Your body works like a demon that creates this little person in you so that functions like skin repair and regeneration can be impaired. Psoriasis is particularly affected by emotional well-being and stress. So try to stay calm and relaxed and get as much sleep as possible – easier said than done, I know!
8. Is sun protection safe during pregnancy?
Sunscreen products pose no greater risk during pregnancy than at any other time in your life.
However, synthetic sunscreens can be irritating to sensitive skin. Therefore, I would choose natural sun protection instead. They can be very white on the skin, but offer good protection. This blog contains more information on sunscreens if of interest.
9. Is it safe to use the rose hip bio-regenerate during pregnancy?
Rosehip BioRegeneratöl is completely harmless throughout pregnancy because it is fragrance-free. Instead of vitamin A, which is best avoided, rose hips contain the beta-carotene form, which is completely safe during pregnancy and lactation and is actually the recommended source of vitamin A.
Our Rosehip BioRegeneratöl is a fantastic product that can be used both during and after pregnancy because it contains only pure rosehip oil and vitamin E and its high concentrations of omegas 3,6,7 & 9 contribute to deepening – Condition the skin and improve its elasticity and suppleness.
Rosehip has also been shown to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, fine lines and uneven skin tone and is therefore an excellent skin healer.
10. I started getting skin tags, is that normal? How do I get rid of them?
Skin spots (small, soft, usually painless growths) are caused by an overactive upper skin layer and are very common in pregnant women – allegedly triggered by fluctuating hormone levels.
They are most likely to occur in hot, humid, or high-friction areas and can be easily removed after birth. Methods include topical creams, freezes, or simple clipping – but it's best to get advice from a doctor or dermatologist!
11. Since I am pregnant, my skin is particularly itchy around my stomach. How can I stop it?
As your bump grows, your skin expands and becomes thinner. Thinner skin can store less moisture, becomes dry, itchy and more prone to irritation.
The best way to avoid this is to regularly moisturize with a pregnancy-friendly body cream (such as our Pomegranate and Pumpkin Seed Organic Stretch Mark Cream). Replenishing the skin also helps to keep it supple, making stretch marks less likely to develop.
12. Can you recommend skin care products that are suitable for babies and children?
I would recommend using as little as possible on the skin of small children so as not to impair the development of their immune system.
Cleaning agents, plastics and everything that acts as a barrier can sensitize the skin and trigger triggering conditions such as eczema that can last into adulthood. Opt for a natural olive oil soap (along with a soft loofah) and an organic body cream without petrochemicals that supports and strengthens the skin. A small amount of our Comfrey & Calendula Calming Body Cream is occasionally a good option, and a little goes a long way.
13. Can your new stretch mark system be used for keloid scars?
Keloid scars are extremely difficult to remove, but instead of our stretch marks system, I would suggest our rose hip organic regeneration oil. Apply 1-2 drops to half a scar and apply daily in the same place for a week. You can then compare the other half to see if there is any improvement.
14. Is there any way to get rid of old stretch marks? Can creams and serums improve the actual markings or is it about making the skin around them better?
The only way to completely remove stretch marks is through treatments such as laser therapy. However, it is believed that you can dramatically improve the appearance of stretch marks with topical products – by making them lighter and encouraging the skin to heal and regenerate, making it look much stronger and healthier.
15. My skin is dehydrated during pregnancy. What would you suggest?
Dehydration is very common during pregnancy. The only thing it will treat are creams, but instead of opting for a richer cream, try a cream that works more often for you. In this way, you increase the moisture content of your skin instead of making your skin oily.
16. I had the strange visible filament vein on my cheeks for a while, but I've had a lot more since I'm pregnant. How can I get rid of them?
Stitches or spider veins often occur during pregnancy for two reasons: 1. Fluctuating hormone levels, 2. Increased blood flow puts pressure on the blood vessels. Both can cause tiny blood vessels to burst on the surface of the skin or become more visible. Ingredients such as rose hip and orange blossom are known to improve the appearance of filamentous veins, but with these things prevention is better than cure.
Reduce the likelihood that you will get filament veins by staying away from strong sunlight and consuming a lot of vitamin C. This allows the body to make collagen and elastin – two important connective tissues that help repair and maintain your vascular strength.