Skin. Let’s talk about it.
Your skin might struggle a little after pregnancy (not just your belly skin, either). Whether you have experienced that pregnancy “glow” or dreadful acne, pregnancy is over now, and as you enter postpartum you may be met with a new set of changes. Your skin seems to be more dry, or you have noticeable blemishes.
Most of the time, these skin issues will resolve with time and maintenance. Some of these issues can be attributed to:
- Hormone imbalances
- Glandular & Vascular changes
- Changes in skin structure
Let’s dive a little deeper into your postpartum skin!
Postpartum oily skin
You’ve probably heard “you’re glowing!” during pregnancy. This “glow” is a result of your hormones increasing, which stimulates more oil from your glands. Once pregnancy is over, your glands can remain a bit oily. Purchasing a gentle cleanser can help with absorption.
Postpartum dry skin
Dehydration during pregnancy can have costly repercussions on your skin. When your hormones fluctuate, your skin can become dry and flaky. Dry skin can also be caused by inflammation in your thyroid gland - which is known as postpartum thyroiditis.
Postpartum loose skin
First off, your body is amazing and has the ability to grow a human.
Repeat after me: Loose skin after pregnancy is NORMAL.
Please don’t put so much pressure on “fixing” this right away. Start with diet and exercise when your body is healed and ready. Improvements may take months or even years, but your body has just performed something miraculous, and deserves grace.
Pregnancy hives usually occur late during the third trimester. Although not all women get them, it’s actually pretty common. When your skin stretches, your connective tissue underneath can become damaged, setting off an inflammatory reaction. This reaction has given many women red, itchy, bump-like hives on their abdomen.
What can help with my postpartum skin issues?
- Use gentle cleansers. Look for fragrance free and short ingredient lists.
- Eat antioxidant-rich foods - Try this recipe
- Moisturize + wear sunscreen.
- Water is your BFF. Per day women should drink 11.5 cups of water a day, but keep in mind if you are breastfeeding you need 16 cups per day.
- Our Total Glow Gummies (formulated with biotin which supports skin's hydration, smoothness, and appearance).
As a reminder, you’re doing great. Seriously.
Skin issues you may be experiencing are only temporary, mama!