Taking Care of Your Skin

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Your skin will change a lot during pregnancy. However, there are a few things you can do to reduce the lasting effects on your skin.
Your body will change tremendously throughout pregnancy. One of the things that will show the most change is probably your skin.
When you are pregnant your skin may develop more acne, bluish or blotchy spots on your legs, choloasma, ‘glowing’ skin, itchiness, linea nigra, puffiness, rashes, red or itchy palms, skin tags, stretch marks, spider veins, and darkening. Despite these changes, many of these things will go away on their own.
Other things will never completely go away, but you can reduce their effects by being mindful of your body. There is nothing you can do to prevent the development of these things.
They happen because of the hormonal imbalances in your body. One of the first thing you can do to reduce these effects on the skin, is to keep your skin clean.
As you keep your skin clean, you will be able to reduce the amount of acne that develops. In addition, proper treatment will prevent the acne from leaving behind scars on your face.
It is a good idea to wash your face with a mild cleanser two or three times a day. If you wash your face too often, your skin will dry out which will lead to other problems unless you use a special moisturizer.
Some women are used to being able to take medication to treat their acne. However, this medication may be harmful to your unborn baby.
Be sure to check with your doctor about whether or not it is safe to continue taking your medication. On occasion, the doctor may have an alternative you can try if your medication is unsafe.
Another thing you can do to help protect your skin is wear sun protection. This is particularly important if you are pregnant during the summer because the skin becomes more sensitive during this time.
It will be particularly susceptible to the sunlight, and you are more likely to experience a severe sun burn if you spend a lot of time outside in the sun. If you choose not to wear sun block, you will experience the darkening of the skin to a more severe extent.
You will be more likely to get a ‘mask.’ When you are outside it is a good idea to wear sun block, long sleeves and pants, and a hat.
Try to avoid going outside between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. In fact, if you normally go on an outdoor walk every day, you may want to consider walking on a treadmill instead.
Even though the fresh air can be good for you, the sun light is harmful. By walking indoors on a treadmill you can avoid the sun.
If you are near a window you can still see what is going on outside or you can entertain yourself by watching the TV or listening to music. Exercise is very important, so do not stop, but simply change your routine if it normally takes you outside.
Another thing you can do to reduce the affects of pregnancy on the skin is apply make-up. Make-up can effectively hide dark streaks, spots, and other discolorations that appear during this time.
However, you will want to be careful to avoid all forms of make-up that contain a trace of mercury. Mercury can be very dangerous for your unborn child.
Stretch marks are one of the things that most women regret the most about pregnancy, even though they generally enjoy their pregnancy overall. These marks will appear when the tissue underneath the skin tears as it strives to stretch to accommodate the baby.
However, you can control your weight gain a little. If you do not gain more than the recommended amount of 25 to 35 pounds, it will definitely help because your skin will not be require to stretch farther to accommodate the excess fat.
In addition, if you can gain the necessary weight slowly rather than all at once, you body will be able to adjust a little and there will not be as many tears. Once you are pregnant, you will simply have to deal
with the stretch marks you do get.
While there are creams that say they reduce stretch marks, this has never been scientifically proven. Other moisturizers can relieve the itchiness that results from stretching as well.
It is also good to know that hot showers or baths can dry out the skin as can heavy soaps. Try to use mild soaps and to wash in mild temperature water to avoid this itchiness and dry skin.
By Jack R. Landry

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