Pregnancy Skin Care
As many mother-to-be can attest, the moment you discover a little one is on its way, your decisions take on an entirely new meaning. Should you have that morning cup of coffee? Is it ok to dye your hair? What do you need to remove from your current skincare regime?While most will be met with conflicting information – from your midwife or obstetrician, your grandmother and even your neighbour – rest assured the team at The Clinic have your best interests at heart and are here to help you through your hormonal ups and downs.
Despite many pregnant women getting that desirable ‘pregnancy glow’, it doesn’t come naturally to all and at The Clinic, we want you to love the skin you’re in no matter what your circumstance. We work with you to devise a specialized skincare plan that will keep your skin radiant and bright, with your baby’s safety top of mind. For more detailed information, book a consultation to discuss your treatment options.
Dos and Don’ts
Don’t freak out if your skin changes during pregnancy or breastfeeding. During this time there are many hormonal changes happening in your body; breakouts, melasma or abnormal hair growth are your body’s natural reactions to these. Know that whatever your skin is doing, there are options.
Do ask experts for their opinions. At The Clinic we employ only doctors and registered nurses who have the most up to date information and access to resources. We will devise a skin care plan that is safe for both you and your baby.
Do book in for regular peels. Whilst stronger treatments such as IPL, Fraxel or Thermage are not safe during pregnancy, regular peels 4-6 weeks apart are ideal for correcting superficial concerns such as breakouts, dry, dull or flaky skin. Both our Blueberry Peel and Societe Oxygenation Peel are safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and will help to refresh and revive tired & dull skin.
Don’t use products containing Retin A, Accutane, Retinoids, Vitamin A or Salicyclic Acid. These are either not safe or simply don't have enough information around their safety in pregnancy or breastfeeding. Always check the label with your obstetrician.
Do incorporate Lactic Acid into your regime. Lactic Acid is naturally occurring in the body and safe to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Lactic Acid is particularly good for reducing congestion and keeping the skin clear and soft. Along with Blueberry Antioxidants, Lactic Acid is the main ingredient in our Blueberry Peel.
Don’t avoid products altogether. We recommend the following products during pregnancy or breastfeeding to maintain a fresh, clear complexion:
Aspect Fruit Enzyme Mask $59 - using light fruit acids for enzymatic exfoliation, this mask lifts dead skin cells away from the surface, decongesting the skin and helping to eliminate impurities. The skin appears brightened, using natural extracts including Papain from papaya, and Bromelain from Pineapple to desquamate dead skin cells.
Aspect Dr Complete Pigment Serum $129.80 – a brightening serum containing pigment inhibitors. These are important to correct existing pigment and prevent further pigment developing. Use morning and night throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding to help lighten the appearance of age spots, freckles, hormonal marks and generally uneven skin tone.
Do keep your skin hydrated. An alternate method of combating fine lines and wrinkles is hydration! We recommend these products to keep your skin hydrated and supple:
Societe Hydrating Masks (Box of 5) $130 – an instant hydration boost, these masks support the skin’s self-moisturizing ability while also reducing redness and puffiness. Use in the comfort of your own home for instant rejuvenation at any time.
Cosmedix Opti Crystal Eye Serum $149 – a deeply hydrating eye serum with instantly visible results to dehydrated skin, fine lines, crow's feet, loss of firmness, puffiness and/or dark circles.
Do change your skin care plan once your baby is born. IPL Rejuvenation Treatments are safe during breastfeeding and a highly effective treatment to combat stubborn pigment.
IPL Skin Rejuvenation Post Pregnancy | The Beauty Vine
“I have pigmentation from both sun damage and the hormonal effects of my pregnancies… I would rather spend my hard earned money on further IPL treatments than any notoriously expensive face cream.”
Pregnancy Skin Care 101 | My Body & Soul
“Like any mum-to-be I first and foremost wanted the baby inside me to be healthy, but I also wanted to discover what I could and couldn’t use… I didn’t need a simple Band-Aid fix, I need a long-term skincare plan. Fortunately, there are an array of amazing products that are safe to use in pregnancy, deliver incredible results and actually help with pregnancy skin issues.”