- Where does oily skin come from during pregnancy?
- Fight against oily skin during pregnancy: our advice
Where does oily skin come from during pregnancy?
The culprits? Hormones, again and again! The massive increase in estrogen and progesterone levels early in pregnancy can stimulate sebum production. This fatty substance, produced by the sebaceous glands, is naturally present on the surface of the skin and partly constitutes the hydrolipidic film.
His role ? Form a protective barrier that protects the epidermis from external aggressions and prevents water from evaporating. This fatty substance is therefore good for your skin...except when the sebaceous glands get carried away and produce it in too large quantities! Hyperseborrhea (the name given to this overproduction) makes the skin shiny and often gives rise to imperfections. Suffocated, the pores become clogged, causing the appearance of blackheads and comedones. These more or less significant imperfections (micro-cysts, white spots, even severe acne) appear in the T zone (nose, forehead, chin) or over the entire face and sometimes even extend to the neckline and the shoulders.
Skin shine during pregnancy intensifies in those who initially had oily or combination skin, but can also affect those who had rather dry skin.
In any case, it is possible to take action in your daily life to regain beautiful, clear skin.
Fight against oily skin during pregnancy: our advice
To limit the overproduction of sebum, new habits should be adopted on your plate, in your bathroom and in your daily life in general. This new lifestyle will be beneficial for your skin, but also for baby in utero. So we don't hesitate, and we adopt new beauty gestures from the first trimester until delivery!
As you know, diet plays a very important role in the quality of the skin, whether you are a future mother or not. Generally speaking, you should eat a varied diet, consuming lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, without forgetting foods rich in Omega. You know the saying “when pregnant, you shouldn’t eat twice as much but twice as well?” » It takes on its full meaning here, because certain foods have a real benefit for oily skin, in particular those which are rich in vitamin B6 . This beneficial vitamin helps regulate sebaceous production. It is found in meat, fish, spinach and bananas …
Vitamin A helps the skin to regenerate, a particularly interesting point when you suffer from imperfections and skin inflammation. You should therefore favor orange or green fruits and vegetables , such as sweet potatoes, carrots, cabbage, apricots, salads, etc.
In case of cravings, the best is to consume oilseeds (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, etc.) which are satiating, rich in good fats and which work for beautiful, healthy skin.
Of course, to fight against acne, it is better to leave aside cold meats (also contraindicated in pregnant women due to the risk of listeriosis), industrial products, foods that are too fatty, too salty or too sweet . do not satisfy the feeling of hunger and which do not provide valuable nutrients to your body.
At the same time, remember to drink plenty of water: this helps flush toxins out of your body and hydrates it from the inside. At stake ? More radiance, more freshness and fewer spots on your face!
The link between acne and stress is now proven. In short, stress causes overactivity of the sebaceous glands and an increase in cortisol levels, a hormone that fuels skin inflammation. To stay calm until delivery, don't forget to allow yourself a few moments of relaxation, and indulge in meditation , an excellent practice for mother and baby!
In the bathroom
In the bathroom, you may need to review your beauty routine , and adopt targeted treatments to mattify the skin and keep acne problems at bay. Oily skin needs to be gently cleansed to eliminate all accumulated impurities and traces of pollution, and lightly moisturized, because oily skin also needs a good supply of water.
So say goodbye to overly aggressive cleansers and scrubs: they certainly rid the face of all shine and give you an impression of clarity, but the rebound effect is very real. Your skin will respond to this aggression by producing even more sebum, thus causing you to enter a vicious circle. The best is to opt for a cleansing milk or a cleansing and purifying treatment, without alcohol or soap, two substances that irritate the skin.
As for hydration, go for creams with a light and fluid texture (moisturizing gel, milky treatment, etc.) which penetrate without any greasy or sticky effect to hydrate the epidermis. Your makeup products must meet the same criteria: no foundations that are too covering, which suffocate the face and which maintain skin problems.
Using a purifying clay mask , applied once or twice a week, will contribute to healthy, flawless epidermis. However, be sure to choose it raw (green clay, yellow clay, pink clay, etc. in powder to mix with water or in natural paste), and without essential oils , because these are incompatible with pregnancy. For the mask to be successful, it is important not to let the clay dry on the face, this would only have the effect of drying out the skin while the clay offers soothing and purifying properties. Redness and irritation may occur. Too long exposure time can also harm the sebaceous glands; the latter, feeling attacked, tend to produce more sebum. To make the most of the benefits of clay, the mask must remain moist on the face, apply it in a thick layer and you can spray a little hydrosol to maintain a certain humidity. The skin of the face can thus benefit from the virtues of clay!
Some advice when choosing your facial, body or hair cosmetic products: remember to always check that your treatments do not contain ingredients harmful to your health and that of the baby, even if the product seems natural : allergens, endocrine disruptors are often present.
You have certainly heard of pregnancy mask, these famous brown spots that can invade the face of pregnant women. Hormones, associated with the sun's rays, are responsible for this hyperpigmentation. The only solution to protect yourself: apply maximum sun protection before each outing. Be careful though, many sunscreens suffocate the skin, and make it (even more) shiny, which we want to avoid at all costs. To escape these inconveniences, you can turn to our Crème Radieuse SPF50+ , a 2-in-1 treatment that hydrates and protects the face from melasma thanks to its natural and synthetic sun filters. This cream, formulated with non-comedogenic ingredients, is hypoallergenic and its use is suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive!
By adopting these simple actions, it is a safe bet that skin problems will fade, and that you will very quickly display the radiant look of the mother-to-be.
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The body and silhouette change rapidly under the influence of pregnancy hormones, and if there is one change that we do not always expect, it is that of the quality of the skin! Pregnant women, in fact, may see the characteristics of their skin change, particularly on the face. In general, it's double or nothing: either the epidermis becomes drier and needs intense hydration to remain supple and comfortable, or it becomes oilier, with its share of consequences: shine and very often imperfections. settle on your pretty face which has a lot of difficulty staying matte and clean! Don't panic, we'll explain how to tame shine and treat oily skin when you're expecting a child.