Apart from being careful in choosing skincare products, what else should expectant mothers pay attention to in terms of skincare?
Expectant mothers are often fearful of stretch marks and try various products that claim to prevent them, such as those containing cocoa butter, vitamin E, olive oil or so-called “patented ingredients”. However, there is no medical research to support their efficacy. Genetics is considered one of the most important factors in the development of stretch marks. Although these products cannot effectively prevent stretch marks, using moisturizer can help alleviate dryness and itchiness during pregnancy.
Facial care is also essential during pregnancy. Many people believe that no medical cosmetic procedures should be done during pregnancy, but this is not entirely true. Laser treatments, botox injections, and hyaluronic acid injections are not recommended during pregnancy. However, treatments limited to surface skin that do not penetrate the body will not affect fetal development. For example, mild glycolic acid can remove excess dead skin on the surface, making the skin more radiant. Diamond dermabrasion and essence introduction can remove dirt and oil on the surface and then introduce essence such as hyaluronic acid, increasing the moisture content in the skin. If the skin problem is more severe, it is better to wait until after delivery to address it.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy make it difficult to address pigmentation issues. In addition to sunscreen, what other treatments or products can help improve this? Pregnant women should avoid using products containing benzophenone, but those containing vitamin C or soybean extract can help inhibit the formation of melanin. If the problem is serious, the doctor may consider using azelaic acid for treatment.
Because many products and treatments need to be avoided during pregnancy, I usually recommend that clients address their skin problems before becoming pregnant. Otherwise, the problem may worsen during pregnancy and may need to be addressed after delivery. In fact, there are many medical cosmetic treatments during pregnancy that can maintain skin quality. If you have any concerns, you can consult your doctor.