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Best Skin Care Tips for Expectant Mothers

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Best Skin Care Tips for Expectant Mothers

We’ve all heard the disclaimer attached to a number of products: Do not use if you are pregnant. While this can be great advice for a healthy mom, baby and pregnancy, it can leave many women feeling unsure of how to manage their appearance during this delicate time.

Let’s face it, a round tummy, swollen feet and fatigue is never a good combination, especially when it’s joined by hormone-induced acne. You do not have to stay at home, barefoot, however. This is 2016, after all! Rest assured there are still many products and procedures that are safe for you and your baby. They’re just what you need to keep yourself looking – and feeling – your best.

Exfoliation
Pregnant skin can be particularly irritated during pregnancy. One of the easiest ways to mitigate these effects is through exfoliation, which can clear out pores and remove dead skin cells. Be sure to use a gentle cleanser that does not contain harsh chemicals like salicylic acid. Instead, use a manual or mechanical exfoliant device along with an all-natural scrub or cream.

Microdermabrasion
Like exfoliation, microdermabrasion can be safe for expectant mothers – with a few modifications. Dr. Tenley Lawton is happy to go over these modifications with you, which will avoid alpha or beta hydroxy acid cleansers.

Moisturizers
Many pregnant women complain of oily skin, but harsh conditions, especially in the winter, can also lead to rough, dry skin. Coconut oil, shea butter, and topical Vitamin C serums and creams can keep your skin in order, even if pregnancy has put you in a state of disarray. These products are not only great to use on your face, but they can help prevent unwanted stretch marks when applied regularly.

These are a few of the simple, yet effective strategies that can help you navigate the rough waters of pregnancy. Call Dr. Tenley Lawton today with any questions you may have regarding a product’s safety while pregnant. Then give us a call after your little bundle of joy has arrived to hear all about our fabulous Mommy Makeover specials!

Dr. Tenley Lawton, M.D.

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