By Dr. Kiran Lohia Last Updated:
Finally, your precious little one is in your arms, and you are out of all the pregnancy-related hassles and discomforts. But for many, pregnancy ravages their skin and body, making some major visible changes in the skin. This can leave some women feeling less attractive and sometimes even hopeless.
Luckily, there are many solutions to get you back to looking like a better you. Read on to know the most-effective ways to improve your skin after pregnancy.
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You may have noticed dark patches on your face, tummy, underarms or groin during your pregnancy, and assumed that it will vanish after you have your baby. Unfortunately, anywhere from 30-50 per cent of women will still be stuck with this pregnancy-induced problem called melasma. Caused by hormonal changes that make your skin more sensitive to the sun, melasma is a particularly upsetting condition because it tends to affect the face in patches.
For this problem, you can try natural masks that combine yoghurt or buttermilk with lemon or oranges. These will give you a small percentage of Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA) for a gentle exfoliation. Fresh aloe vera applied in the mornings and evenings can also help even out the patches, if used regularly.
Apart from the natural remedies, you can consult a dermatologist for faster results. Some treatments are:
Around 90 per cent of women suffer from stretch marks at some point in their lives and pregnancy being one of the most common time periods when this happens. These unsightly, reddish-purple marks turn whitish over time and are caused by the poor elasticity of the skin when skin is stretched on weight gain. These can be most visible on the upper arms, thighs and the abdominal area.
To heal stretch marks, apply cocoa butter creams as your daily moisturiser. Getting massages will also help improve the elasticity of the skin.
With the advent of new technologies, there are a few treatments that can now help eradicate your stretch marks. Following are some of them:
Acne is a common issue faced by many women both during and after pregnancy. With fluctuating hormones and lots of stress, pimples are almost inevitable. Fortunately, this issue can be easily manageable.
Tea tree oil can be very helpful in reducing the oil secretion and the bacterial load on the skin, which are major reasons for acne. However, this will have very little effect on severe acne or post-acne scars. You can also look for willow bark extract (available in Ayurveda or herbal product stores), which contains the active salicylic acid. Although not as strong as pure salicylic acid, willow bark extract can be effective in helping reducing oil secretion and to unclog pores.
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Acne can be treated by medications, but they need to be prescribed by certified skin specialists. They will prescribe you with treatments based on your skin type and needs, as below:
With the most common post-pregnancy skin issues resolved, are you ready to show off the beautiful and flawless skin that you always dreamt of?