Here’s how to care for your skin post-pregnancy – Punekar News


Dr. Swathi Shivakumar, Consultant Dermatologist, Aster RV Hospital, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

 

Pune, 17th May  2022: Pregnancy is a beautiful experience during which a woman nurtures and grows a baby for a period of 9 months. During this time, the body experiences many changes both internally and externally as it turns into a space of nourishment and protection for the growing foetus. Hormonal fluctuations, stretching of the skin, greater storage of fats, etc can also lead to significant apparent changes in the skin. While many women often feel self-conscious and mourn the loss of their pre-pregnancy skin, it is important to know that these changes are completely normal, and that many women feel the way you do! These

issues can be managed during the pregnancy and also minimised post-pregnancy. Avoid comparing how your body reacts to pregnancy as it largely depends on factors beyond your control such as your genetics. Having said that, below are some of the most common skin issues that women face during and post-pregnancy with some simple steps that one can take to manage them –

 

Melasma

 

Often known as “the mask of pregnancy,” is a pigmentation disorder which is caused by a combination of hereditary, hormonal factors, as well as due to sun exposure. It shows up as mottled dark spots on the cheekbones, forehead, nasal bridge, upper lips and rarely, over the jawline.

 

 

How to tackle it:

 

 

 

a) Sun protection is the most important step to avoid and prevent worsening of melasma. Physical protection like opaque umbrellas, wide rimmed hats, scarf should be used while stepping out in the sun

 

 

b) Use liberal amounts of sunscreen with minimum SPF 30, in the morning, at least 15 minutes before stepping out and repeat it in the afternoon after 3-4 hours. Sunscreen use should not be restricted to only while stepping outdoors or when it’s sunny but also while indoors. Remember to use only a physical sunscreen during your pregnancy and…



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