Are you a new mommy? Are you overwhelmed by all the sudden changes that you are facing in your body and skin? Well, you are not the only one. Most newbie mommies experience major physical changes as they bring their little ones into the world.
Irregular sleep, fatigue and hormonal imbalance; all put together can take a toll on your skin and thus on your mental health too. Obviously then, it’s time to take extra care of your skin. You don’t want to waste your newly acquired motherhood to be stressful and lead to postpartum depression because of your skin problems, right!
Here are the most common skin concerns that new mothers go through and the ways to tackle them...
Due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, acne is not an uncommon phenomenon. If you’re one of those blessed souls who never had to endure the embarrassment of acne popping out in your teens, chances are you would get to experience it in early pregnancy or post childbirth. But fret not. Acne and pimples that appear during pregnancy start to disappear once your hormones stabilise.
Use an oil-free moisturiser and clean your face regularly to get the excess oil out. Drinking lots of fluids and staying out of the sun as much as possible will surely help. Medication to avoid scarring can be taken after consulting a doctor.
#2 Stretch Marks
The most common and irritably unavoidable skin condition post and during pregnancy is the stretch marks. It happens because of the distension of skin during pregnancy. Stretch marks are natural but hard to get rid of, though being extra careful and using the right products can save you some scars.
Stretch marks don’t completely disappear but can become lighter with time and proper care. Apply creams and oils that are rich in Vitamin E and cocoa butter on the affected areas. Balanced diet and regular exercise can help lighten the marks.
#3 Sensitive skin
The skin as any other body part post-delivery becomes over sensitive. You may experience irritation, itching, sunburn, redness and rashes on the skin.
Keep your skin hydrated and moisturised day and night. Use a good moisturiser that suits your skin and avoid going in the sun and using chemical heavy products. Stick to natural products for your skin.
Indian skin gets affected easily with this condition due to the high melanin in our skin. Dark patches on forehead cheeks, temple and around lips and nose start to appear during pregnancy and can last lifetime if not properly treated.
Swear by sunscreen when going out at all times. Use a scrub with natural ingredients and scrub your face once a week for best results. Apply lightening creams and consult your doctor for lightening laser therapy but make sure you let him know if you’re breastfeeding.