Written on 11 May 2021
Your hair and skin are likely to witness a lot of changes during and post pregnancy. But the good news is that these changes are mostly temporary and with proper care, you can gain back the confidence and the glow you deserve.
Common skin problems post-delivery
The pregnancy period is a roller-coaster of both physical and mental changes which may leave you struggling with skin issues.
Some of the common skin problems post-delivery are as follows:
It is a common problem during pregnancy and is the result of high progesterone levels. The increased hormonal levels and resultant fluctuation can lead to build up of sebum, which when mixed with dead skin cells & dirt, can clog pores, causing breakouts.
2. Stretch marks
They are the result of your body growing faster than your skin, which causes the elastic fibres under the skin’s surface to break, causing stretch marks. Growing fast can lead to stretch marks, especially on your breasts and belly area. It is essential to keep weight gain in check and gain slowly as opposed to rapid spurts.
3. Hair Loss
The occurrence of this problem may be during the post-delivery period. During pregnancy, hair fall slows down (thanks to the rise in hormone levels). Post-delivery, as the hormonal levels return to normal and the normal hair cycle resumes, you will go through the shedding phase. What may seem unusual is completely normal as this hair loss is temporary and you may see normal growth within 6-12 months post-delivery.
Melasma is a common skin condition which results in dark and discoloured patches on the skin. The significant changes in the oestrogen levels during pregnancy, especially during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters can result in excessive production of oestrogen, which, in turn, can cause the dark patches on your skin.
5. Puffy eyes
Dark circles and puffy eyes are a result of hormonal changes and lack of sleep post childbirth. The fatigue due to pregnancy and the retention of extra bodily fluids are the main reasons for those baggy eyes.
Ways to manage skin problems
Take a look at some effective skin care techniques post-delivery.
Make sure to cleanse your face twice a day with a cleanser that suits your skin-type. Use mild products such as Aloe Vera and Eucalyptus to nourish your skin. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and flush out the toxins from your body. Using a tea tree based face toner along with face cream can actually purify skin, remove excess oil, detoxify skin and relieve acne.
2. Stretch marks
The key to deal with stretch marks is to avoid them right at the onset. As soon as you learn about your pregnancy, start applying olive oil or argan oil to the problem areas such as the breasts and belly.
You can also try the Mylo Care Stretch Marks Cream which is enriched with shea butter, mango butter and kokum that help the skin to stay hydrated and keep the skin moisturized, thus preventing stretch marks. Some form of light exercises and yoga can also help you reduce the stretch marks.
3. Hair loss
Ensure to follow a rich nutritious diet which contains antioxidants as they help strengthen the roots. Wash your scalp with a gentle shampoo and condition them to avoid breakage. In case the condition worsens, consult your doctor as they may prescribe hair supplements to boost hair growth and prevent any further damage.
Anyone with Melasma should avoid constant exposure to the sun as it may exacerbate the dark spots. It is important to use a sunscreen lotion while going outside and pay close attention to the areas of the face which are most exposed to sunlight such as the forehead, nose, cheeks, chin and lips. The condition will likely disappear around a year post-delivery with the spots on the face becoming less obvious. A good diet rich in fruits can also keep this skin condition at bay. Also, you can start using a face serum with multi-fruit extracts as vitamin C helps to brighten skin, reduces visible dark sppots, patchy skin & evens out skin tone.
5. Puffy eyes
The puffiness is likely to disappear after a few weeks post-delivery. You can facilitate speedy recovery by applying cold compress, cold tea bags or chilled cucumbers to the required area several times a day.
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