consider Shielding Lotions for relief from skin disorders during
Expecting a first child is
one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life, and taking basic
preventative measures, such as the use of
can help minimize or prevent the effects of common skin disorders
resulting from pregnancy-induced changes to her body.
According to the March of Dimes, common skin conditions plaguing a woman
during her nine months of gestation range from improved or worsened
acne:flare-ups in existing eczema and psoriasis; bluish discoloration or
blotchy skin in the legs; bhloasma - the "mask of pregnancy" or melasma
- "glowing" skin from increased blood flow and skin oils; itchiness and
dry skin; stretch marks; dark line on the belly; changes in fingernail
or toenail growth and appearance; puffiness; rashes, red or itchy palms
from increases in the hormone estrogen; skin tags, spider veins; and
Though most of these conditions will
usually disappear after delivery, these tips may help reduce or treat
common skin problems that occur during pregnancy and help the
mother-to-be feel more comfortable:
· Skin cleansing. Good skin cleansing is the best way to avoid or treat
acne breakouts. Wash your face with a mild cleanser two or three times a
day. Don’t wash too often or the skin may become dry, aggravating the
problem. A shielding lotion can minimize the loss of moisture and it
won’t wash off.
IMPORTANT: Do not take any acne medications or over-the-counter
treatments without checking with your health care provider. Some of
these are not safe for pregnant women to use.
· Sun protection. Your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy. Good sun
protection is very important at this time. Sunlight can darken pigment
changes in your skin and increase your chances of getting “mask of
pregnancy.” Use a good sun block, cover up, and wear a hat when outside.
Limit the time you spend outdoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
· Make-up. Cover-up and foundation can help hide dark streaks or spots
on the skin. Avoid make-ups that contain mercury. Look at the label to
see if the make-up contains mercury.
· Stretch marks. You won’t be able to avoid stretch marks entirely. It
will help if you gain only the recommended amount of weight (usually 25
to 35 pounds), and do so slowly. Using a quality shielding lotion may
help the skin retain moisture and stay supple, minimizing the effects.
Stretch marks usually fade and become less noticeable after delivery.
· Moisturizers. Moisturize your belly
and your breasts to reduce itchiness and
dry skin. To
avoid skin irritation, use an unscented high-quality shielding lotion
that won’t wash off and can protect against environmental irritants and
air pollution. Use a mild soap when washing. Avoid hot showers or baths.
They can dry out the skin.
· Excessive heat. Heat can intensify itchiness and rashes. When you go
out in warm weather, wear loose-fitting, cotton clothing.
Always talk to your health care provider before using any medicated
creams or ointments to treat skin problems, as some may be harmful. Ask
your doctor if shielding
lotions using high-quality all-natural ingredients are right for you
in managing your pregnancy-related skin conditions.
Len Simpson is a freelance writer based in Pasadena, CA.
She has worked for award-winning newspapers for more than ten years and
now writes about health issues, alternative and natural remedies.
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