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Gynecologist Sofía Fournier answers a few questions

Keys to taking care of skin during pregnancy

During pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes hormonal, vascular and metabolic changes that may affect skin; this makes it important to give your skin a lot of pampering. Gynecologist, blogger (*), writer and mother Sofía Fournier answers some of the questions most often asked during this wonderful time. 

  1. Why do stretchmarks appear during pregnancy? How can I prevent them?

During pregnancy, stretch marks appear mostly on the abdomen and breasts but may also develop on the buttocks and lower back. During this stage of life, they are called striae gravidarum. It is a stage in which, as in adolescence, a woman frequently develops stretch marks. The primary causes are overstretching of your skin, and hormonal changes that alter its elasticity and hydration. There are also genetic factors that create a predisposition. Other factors that clearly  create a    predisposition   for

stretch marks are obesity and sudden changes in weight. That is why it's also very important not to put on too much weight during pregnancy. 

Throughout my pregnancy and during postpartum, I used ESSENTIAL SHOCK INTENSE DERMAREPAIR from Natura Bissé and it worked beautifully, which is why I recommend it. I applied it once or twice a day; on days when I only used it once, I combined it with Natura Bissé's rosa mosqueta oil. 

 

  1. Why do dark spots appear during pregnancy? 

The hyperpigmented patches that sometimes appear on the face and décolleté during pregnancy are called chloasma. Their appearance is due both to the hormonal changes inherent to pregnancy, and to excessive exposure to the sun.

To try to prevent them, I always recommend that my patients use sunscreen throughout the entire day. Another thing that tends to concern pregnant women is whether they can be out in the sun during pregnancy. Yes, you can be out in the sun, but you need to apply sunscreen to prevent sunburn (during pregnancy, skin is especially sensitive and melanin production is somewhat increased, meaning that one often tans darker than usual and is less tolerant of direct exposure to the sun) and the appearance of chloasma, spots on your neck and décolleté, as I mentioned before. Because of this, I recommend using at least SPF 30 and trying to avoid direct sun during the middle of the day. Don't forget, sunglasses and a hat are great summertime allies! 

 

  1. Can I get beauty treatments while pregnant?

Yes, you can get facial room treatments provided they do not contain  acids or products such as retinol. You need to take this opportunity to spend time on yourself before the baby arrives! One good option are the vitamin C-based face and body facial room treatments that greatly moisturize and revitalize skin.

 

  1. And all of a sudden, I've got acne! What do you recommend for that?

Sometimes during pregnancy women with oily or combination skin can develop more blemishes or acne. The key to helping control it is to cleanse your skin every morning and every night and, above all, use a sunscreen to avoid developing scars along with the spots.

One fantastic ally is Natura Bissé's mask-cleanser, the 2-in-1 Stabilizing Cleansing Mask. It purifies skin without drying it, leaving it incredibly fresh and soft. You can use the product as a once-a-week mask or as a daily cleanser.

 

  1. My skin is drier than usual; in fact, sometimes it itches. What should I do?

Every woman is unique. While some develop oily patches on their face, others have problems with dryness. During pregnancy, skin becomes especially sensitive so it is very common for you to notice changes in its texture, develop red patches or even have an increased need for hydration. If you suddenly feel itchy all over, don't worry, that is normal. When caring for dry skin, the key is to use a good body moisturizer, such as ESSENTIAL SHOCK INTENSE DERMAREPAIR.

For your face, use a gentle cleanser and a cream specifically formulated for dry skin. 

It is also important to avoid showering with hot water, which can dry out your skin and increase the itching, and to drink two liters of water each day (carry a bottle of water with you at all times so you don't forget!) In addition, I recommend using oatmeal soap in the shower and wearing clothing made of cotton or natural fibers. 

 

  1. Do you have any dietary recommendations for healthy skin?

To keep skin healthy, it is important to care for your whole body, inside and out. For this, I recommend drinking at least two liters of water daily, not overindulging in foods that are high in salt or refined sugars, and then, basically, rest. Try to get at least 7-8 hours of rest at night; your skin will thank you and you'll thank yourself. Pregnancy is an exhausting time for women; if you want to keep up your regular pace, you need to rest well at night. And, finally, don't forget to exercise. It will help you control your weight and feel good about yourself.