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If you were ever in doubt of the power that hormones can have on your skin, you won't be when you're pregnant. Some may well get the radiant glow that's synonymous with carrying a baby, but others might also get adult acne, heightened sensitivity and a 'pregnancy mask' of pigmentation.

If you were ever in doubt of the power that hormones can have on your skin, you won't be when you're pregnant. Some may well get the radiant glow that's synonymous with carrying a baby, but others might also get adult acne, heightened sensitivity and a 'pregnancy mask' of pigmentation. And there you were worrying about the morning sickness (which doesn't discriminate to mere mornings, unfortunately).

I used to get asked so many times if BAO was safe for use during pregnancy and the answer is YES! So this is why you will see “Pregnancy Safe” logos throughout the website now. But there are still a lot of ingredients out there you must be careful to avoid during this magical time. So let's dive into the pregnancy facts on pregnant skin.

The 'mask of pregnancy'

Coupled with increased sensitivity to sunlight, you can experience a surge in pigment-stimulating hormones while pregnant and these can contribute to melasma – large patches of discolouration which appear on the face. It is usually genetic and often fades post-pregnancy, but it's worth remembering that many pregnancy-related hormones still stay elevated during breastfeeding, and can take six-to-nine month to settle after you stop feeding. I recommend wearing a high factor sunscreen every single day and a hat in the summer, along with gentle exfoliation too.

Hormonal acne

Coupled with increased sensitivity to sunlight, you can experience a surge in pigment-stimulating hormones while pregnant and these can contribute to melasma – large patches of discolouration which appear on the face. It is usually genetic and often fades post-pregnancy, but it's worth remembering that many pregnancy-related hormones still stay elevated during breastfeeding, and can take six-to-nine month to settle after you stop feeding. I recommend wearing a high factor sunscreen every single day and a hat in the summer, along with gentle exfoliation too.
While you definitely want to stay away from traditional acne remedies containing retinol during pregnancy, you might also want to avoid products containing salicylic acid (a BHA) and AHA. While these ingredients won't harm the foetus, given how the skin can become more sensitive during pregnancy, side effects from salicylic acid could increase. When it comes to treating spots, use a gentle exfoliator like Radiance Face Scrub every other evening, this will help to keep your pores unblocked and your complexion bright and fresh.

  • Steering clear of any strong or harsh skincare ingredients and also do not use any Retinol, BHA’s or AHA’s.
  • Keep skin clear and fresh by sticking to the simple Happy Pregnancy Routine, exfoliating regularly with Radiance Face Scrub.
  • Find a gentle, irritation free sunscreen that feels nice on your skin and wear it everyday, honestly you’ll thank me. 
  • Rub Nourish Urself Balm onto your tummy every night to help reduce stretch marks as well as all over your face and neck, this will keep your skin soft and supple. 

Heightened sensitivity

Hormonal changes in pregnancy can also increase any skin sensitivities and you might not only find yourself more sensitive to the sun, but certain products that you previously loved. One of the things I have noticed from years of being a facialist, is that my expectant client’s skin becomes more reactive, even to products it would normally easily tolerate.
Apparently, it's thought that this is our body's way of protecting itself and the foetus from infection and disease. As with acne, above, skin conditions like eczema and rosacea may also worsen.
I definitely recommend massaging Nourish Urself Balm all over your face and neck every night before bed, the soothing pregnancy safe plant oils help to calm and repair skin whilst you sleep.

Ingredients to avoid

Everything you need to know is here on my blog https://www.baoskincare.co.uk/happy-skin-journal-organicskincare-veganskincare-simpleskincare/feb-21st-pregnancy-wellness

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