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Pregnancy Skin: Top 3 Problems/Best Treatments – Acne, Hyperpigmentation, Stretch Marks – Smart Beauty Guide


Pregnancy Skin: Top 3 Problems/Best Treatments - Acne, Hyperpigmentation, Stretch Marks - Smart Beauty Guide

There are so many factors that can affect our skin, other than the usual culprits such as the environment, stress and diet. But how about when a woman is pregnant. Hormonal changes are at an all-time high! And due to the limitations on medication and topical treatments, there’s usually not much an expecting mother can do to change it… just wait it out so to speak.

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Read on to find out some tips on how to achieve clear, glowing skin for those 9 long months ahead, what skin issues most pregnant women face and how to deal with them.

Attack Acne

One skin issue many pregnant women face is acne. Some women develop acne on their face, neck, chest and back during the first three months of pregnancy, mostly due to fluctuating estrogen levels. But, while pregnant, it is important to choose natural and botanical-based ingredients, like lavender and chamomile, which will not irritate your skin or harm your baby. It is essential to balance the skin so there isn’t an overproduction of oil to compensate for dry skin.

Meddling Melasma — The Pregnancy Mask

The appearance of darker pigmentation, usually on the cheeks, forehead, upper lip and/or nose, is known as melasma, or “pregnancy mask”, and is caused by the overproduction of a melanocyte-stimulating hormone. More than 50% of pregnant women will experience some melasma on their face.

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So to avoid further hyperpigmentation marks, avoid the sun and wear a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen daily and limit sun exposure during the peak times of the day. Most of the time the “pregnancy mask” usually fades away after pregnancy, but it is always ideal to wear and carry around a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF to reapply throughout the day for optimal protection.

Stretch Marks Be Gone

When you think of stretch marks, cocoa butter immediately comes to mind. But sometimes a holistic approach might just not cut it. Most women will experience stretch marks during or after their pregnancy, however, they can be prevented. The best way to ward off those burdensome stretch marks is to stay hydrated with products containing vitamin E and collagen-elastin, since the skin is actually stretching beyond its capacity to recoil. It is also important to moisturize at the right time. So, moisturize as often as possible, right when you wake up and before going to bed.

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For stubborn marks that won’t disappear after child birth, the VBeam Laser Treatment, a pulsed dye laser that safely destroys skin impurities without causing further damage, can help. The VBeam can treat stretch marks that are red/pink, according to both dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

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BeautyStat Community Reviews The Best Scar And Stretchmark Creams & Treatments


We recently asked BeautyStat consumers the following question:  Ever try stretch mark or scar creams? Do they work? If you’ve had a good experience, by all means, name names!!

Here is what our highly vocal and engaged community said:

– Claire Huston – Mederma works wonders on scars.

– Tiffany Garza Call Bronze Body they have a rejuvanation bed & it works wonders on stretch marks & scars. My baby just turned 17 so they have been there a long time lol

– Dawn Duff So does Boots Expert scar serum, very good for teens w/ acne~

– Bianca Noneya NiaStriVectin hands down is the best!!!

– Bianca Noneya Also it helps with wrinkles!!!!

– Angelique Marie Maraschino Stri Vectin SD for Body- I used it on all my new stretch marks and they shrunk and the color disappeared.

– Annamarie Dodge i have never found a scar or stretch cream that ever lived up to its claims

– Monica Francis Stri Vectin Sd works really good;)

– Elena Aguirre Smith Pentaxyl you can find it at www.marketamerica.com/jasonandelenasmith

– Shana Recker – Arbonne Independent Consultant I use Arbonne’s RE9 Advanced body cream and some FC5 Skin Conditioning Oil works wonders on scars and any skin issue really. http://www.arbonne.ca/RE9Advanced/
BeautyStat Community Reviews The Best Scar And Stretchmark Creams & Treatments

– Renee Maudlin Farr I’m using Maderma Scar gel and it seems to be lightening it up. Hard to tell because it is still a pretty fresh scar.

– Julie Highland ‎…had a tummy tuck 2 years ago, and I used maderma, really did work. And I don’t even believe in creams. Can’t even see the scar, and it was a hip to hip cute.

– Julie Highland ‎…or maybe I just had an incredible plastic surgeon.

– Julie Highland cut* ..not cute. Although I am now. lol

– Victoria Lambah-Stoate Used Strivectin and Bio oil – but not for stretch marks or scars more for general smoothing and nourishing – interesting how originally made for stretch marks or scars – then later sold widely to reduce lines

– Latico Leathers LOL Julie! :)

– Stephanie Eldreth i use a red light therapy booth with vibra-shape platform in it at our local tanning salon…i’ve been using it for almost a month now and although i can still see some of the stretch marks

– Stephanie Eldreth they are definitely not as deep and are fading very well

– Holly Ann Mesa I use theobroma oil or theobroma cacao…….I love the smell and I believe it works for me……

– Skin Guru Joyous Body Milk from French line Sampar- it works against collagen breakdown, deeply nourishes and smells amazing!

– Elaine Robinson Arbonne RE9 Body Firming cream – fabulous stuff. Available at www.ernation@myarbonne.co.uk

– Erin Ramirez Yes please let us know! I need to dip my whole body in it lol

– Meg Martin-Clifton bio oil. And shea butter cream for stretch marks.i used it throughout my entire pregnancy and i hardly have any stretch marks. I used it everyday!

Check out our review of the the Lierac Stretchmark Cream.

And see our roundup of the best skincare and body care treatments for the year here.

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Lierac Celebrates the 35th Anniversary of Phytolastil


Last week, Lierac celebrated the 35th anniversary of its signature product, Phytolastil. A French physician created the gel and serum duo as a gift to his wife to remedy her post-pregnancy stretch marks, and lo and behold- Lierac was born.

Many of us know all too well that stretch marks work their way into being during times of quick weight gain, such as pregnancy. As the holistic plastic surgeon Dr. Shirley Madere explains, the stretch marks are better prevented than treated, since no treatment, not even surgery, can completely remove the unsightly lines.

To that end, the gel ($33) contains a 35% concentration of their patented alchemilla, ivy, and horsetail to prevent stretch marks from forming, while the Phytolastil Solution ($39) uses an 80% concentration of the same formula to fade existing marks.

In some countries (not ours) health insurance plans cover Phytolastil because it’s considered the best treatment for stretch marks in existence – its potent concoction of flavenoids and tannins smooth and tighten the affected skin like no other. So here’s to 35th years of stress-free bathing suits and low cut blouses. With Phytolastil, women afflicted by stretch marks can diminish them into near-nothingness. Phytolastil is available in select Duane Reade’s, CVS stores, and at www.lierac-usa.com.