10. Pregnancy and Skincare
"Some ingredients are not safe during pregnancy like retinol. You want to keep your routine really simple and sweet, and not use a lot of products with active ingredients because we never really know how our skin is going to react while pregnant."
Changes to skin during pregnancy
Hormones can change your skin during pregnancy. There is one hormone that we release when we are pregnant to help loosen up the ligaments and joints called elastin. When there is a lot of elastin in the body, I find that the skin elasticity in the face tends to feel more loose and it stretches and people get a little bit of that pregnancy bloating in their face. So, that’s you know, one of the biggest things that changes when we get pregnant. The other thing is the fact that with sun exposure we become super likely to have pigmentation issues. A huge percentage of women will get the pregnancy melasma, which luckily goes away a lot of time after pregnancy, but there’s still a chance that it can give residual effects post pregnancy.
Hormonal acne can come up along the jawline while pregnant and I often tell people to keep their pregnancy skincare routine really simple. A lot of exfoliation to help cleanse the skin I think is great. I often will recommend the Obaji product line or the Kora Organics turmeric scrub for use one to two times a week which will help reduce the chance of having any blemishes. I also suggest a cleanser by IS clinical which is really clean, easy to use and helps remove any dirt and residual things that are left on the skin that can exacerbate hormonal acne. Then you can use a bit of CBD oil, which I used throughout my pregnancy. I feel like it is safe and the one I used has rose, arnica, and bromelain, all things that help bring down inflammation which is something that is super common while you’re pregnant.
Some ingredients are not safe during pregnancy like retinol. You want to keep your routine really simple and sweet, and not use a lot of products with active ingredients because we never really know how our skin is going to react while pregnant.
What can you do about it?
I love the brand Bao Laboratory to hydrate stretch marks which helps prevent them from getting worse. You can also get a CO2 laser treatment to help take down the pigmentation issues from the stretch mark but only after you have had the baby. Usually you want to wait a year after breastfeeding to use a laser because they are actually super effective.
Deep peels are not appropriate during pregnancy because we don’t know if there’s an issue with the blood barrier that would potentially cross into the placenta, and because the skin is more hormonally sensitive so you can have issues like hyperpigmentation and brown spots that come up. Getting a facial while pregnant is totally safe. Many places customize facials specifically to be pregnancy safe. Microneedling is also safe while pregnant just to give a nice little glow, exfoliate, and shrink the pores. You can also safely get a really light microneedling session, with a customized formula using Aquagold and I recommend hyaluronic acid because a lot of times when we are pregnant or breastfeeding we are dehydrated and the skin shows it. So, I like to replace that with hyaluronic acid.
Nurse Nousha Salimi has been New York’s secret skincare weapon for well over a decade. Having collaborated with some of the most elite faces of the fashion, finance, society and art communities, she has become a master in her craft whilst working alongside top New York facial plastic surgeons.
Today, she sees patients at her Los Angeles office alongside world renowned plastic surgeons Dr. John C. Lake and Dr. Paymon J. Danielpour. To connect with Nousha check out www.rejuvenatewithnousha.com