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Pregnancy Skin: Dos and Don’ts

Congratulations! Now that you’re expecting a new baby, there are many changes ahead, including for your skin. And while some lucky soon-to-be parents do end up with a “glow” in their face, many others find themselves dealing with skin problems they’ve never dealt with before. We’re here to help you navigate this new journey, whatever it brings for you!
Common Pregnancy Skin Issues
Melasma & Chloasma
These scary-sounding words are the dark, discolored patches on your skin. When it happens when you’re expecting, it’s known as Chloasma, or Pregnancy Mask. While it’s still unclear exactly why it happens, it’s likely the cause of changing hormones in the body.
Avoiding sun exposure will keep these dark patches from growing worse. We can treat Chloasma with our safe and effective DMK products, such as Melanotech Drops, Creme Citrique, or Melanotech Creme. Your esthetician can help you choose which product is best for your skin.
Pregnancy Breakouts and Acne
Some people luck out and have clear skin while pregnant. Others experience terrible breakouts and acne, even if they’ve never dealt with it before. But you don’t have to deal with this on your own! We have products that can make coping with breakouts much better. The DMK enbioment line is safe for pregnant women and contains a cleanser, serum, and mist. You may also benefit from using Betagel, Direct Delivery Vitamin C, and our Super Serum.
Stretch Marks
While it’s unlikely that you’ll have stretch marks on your face, you might experience them elsewhere on your body as your body changes. While genetics plays a role in stretch marks, we can help keep skin soft and supple with our Hydroloc Cream.
Skin Products to Avoid
You may have to change products when you’re pregnant. Some of the chemicals in skincare are untested, and we simply don’t know if they can cause harm to your unborn baby. Here are the changes we recommend making.
AHAs and BHAs 
Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids are commonly found in skincare that is designed for exfoliation. AHAs are often used for dry or sensitive skin, while BHAs are generally for acne-prone skin. These products are powerful, but they go deep into the skin. We don’t have much information on its impact on pregnancy, so we recommend avoiding it. Salicylic Acid (a BHA) is common in all kinds of skincare for acne skin and should be avoided if possible, especially at higher strengths. Instead, we recommend using DMK’s enbioment line, which is made with probiotics and helps restore a healthy microbiome.
Retinoids
Retinoids, a type of  vitamin A, are another popular ingredient in skin treatment. But these ingredients, if they enter the bloodstream, are dangerous to a developing baby. We recommend not using them at all during pregnancy (and stopping before trying to conceive.)
Instead, we suggest using Direct Delivery Vitamin C on your face, which targets signs of aging. We also recommend our popular DMK beta gel, which targets traumatized or irritated skin.
Hydroquinone
While we NEVER recommend hydroquinone, an ingredient found in skin bleaching products, you should especially avoid it in pregnancy. It is a known carcinogen and has a high absorption rate, which means it can enter the bloodstream.
We have products that can help with hyperpigmentation, such as Melanotech Drops, Creme Citrique, or Melatontech Creme.
Chemical SPF
You know that we preach the value of wearing sunscreen every single day, and that includes when you’re pregnant. However, we recommend avoiding chemical SPF formulations. They can contain hormone disruptors and may interfere with a developing nervous system.
Replace those chemical SPF sunscreens with mineral sunscreen. These kinds of sun protection are physical barriers that sit on top of the skin rather than being absorbed like chemical formulations.
Some Oral Medications
Spironolactone and Accutane are powerful oral medications that are prescribed to fight acne. We are not fans of these drugs under normal conditions, but you should definitely not take them while pregnant. They are known to cause harm to developing babies.
Prescription salicylic acid is sometimes prescribed as an oral acne treatment. It’s chemically related to asprin and can increase risks, especially in late pregnancy.
Always talk to your doctor about any medications you’re taking before becoming pregnant or during pregnancy.
Are you struggling with pregnancy skin? Please schedule an appointment with one of our expert skin revisionists to find out how we can help you!

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