Pregnancy brings a mix of different emotions. At the first time to learn that you are having a baby, you become concerned about your condition and the growing life inside your tummy. You also feel excited, happy, and afraid at the same time. Especially once you learn that there will be more changes that you and your baby will be going through as your pregnancy progresses.
As days past by, you will experience pregnancy-related symptoms. Your hormones start to show fluctuating signals and the imbalance may cause various changes in your skin, hair, and nails. For some, they may feel fabulous all over. This does not guarantee that every pregnant woman will do. Most women will experience morning sickness, will crave for certain foods that they have not usually craved for before the pregnancy, unpredictable mood swings, and a host of other changes.
Marks of Pregnancy: A Common Concern
One of the usual complaints that pregnant mothers have is the appearance of dark spots or pigmentation on the skin, especially on the face that appears during the sensitive phase of pregnancy.
Having dark marks while walking around can drag your spirit. But knowing that this pigmentation, which is also known as the marks of pregnancy, also disappear when the baby is born, gives one a glimpse of hope. But if you do not do anything about it, it may be possible that you will still see it after giving birth and it may be impossible to clear it out of your face by then.
What Causes Dark Marks During Pregnancy?
During pregnancy, the body overproduces hormones. Overproduction of melanin causes the skin to easily tan when exposed to the sun. However, dark marks do not appear evenly pigmented in pregnant women. That is the reason why some see dark patches on the skin when they are pregnant.
As these pregnancy marks have natural causes, there are also natural ways to treat or avoid having them. The following are some of the things that you can do to lessen the probability of having or treating these dark marks on your face.
Opt for shadier or covered parts of the road or the ground
The sun is responsible for activating the melanin or the pigmented marks on your skin. The best thing that you can do when out in the sun is to keep standing or moving about in areas where the sun won’t hit your skin directly. You can also wear accessories (hat, sunglasses, long-sleeved dresses, and so on) to shield your skin from the rays of the sun.
You will never know when your skin will be exposed to the harmful rays of the sun. It is, therefore, a smart thing to wear sunscreen that provides full protection ultraviolet rays from both UVB (shortwave) and UVA (long-wave) rays. Pick one that has SPF 30 and above. You may also need to wear it whatever the weather condition is.
Use a skin corrector
You can conceal or correct the color of your skin with the right product. As there are skin care products that are formulated to help erase skin pigmentation, you can easily erase the signs of pregnancy with this product. You may also notice that your skin looks better after each application as there are products that are formulated with essential vitamins and nutrients that your skin needs. So, when choosing the right skin corrector, consider the ingredients used in the formulation of the product, as well as the proper way of using the product. These will ensure that your face will not only be looking flawless; you will also be treating your dark marks appropriately.
Use the right product applicator
Make sure to use the right makeup brush so you can easily blend the concealer on your skin. You may also need to go through some video tutorials for the proper use of the applicator and the product. When done with the applicator, always make sure to clean up so there won’t be any bacteria that will form later on the applicator and the product.
Drink a lot of water
Proper hydration can prevent your skin from drying up and retaining its elasticity. Drink up and drink frequently.
Eat more fruits and vegetables
Keeping your skin healthy is also a sure way to keep dark marks at bay. You can also create natural remedies from several fruits and vegetables to treat hyper-pigmentation. Try a honey and lemon mask. You can also mix banana, honey, and whole milk to make a smooth paste that you can apply on your face. Leave the mixture for up to 25 minutes before washing it up with lukewarm water.
Sweating will help flush out toxins from your body through your skin. It will also make your skin looking supple, allow it release natural oil to the skin, and help erase hyper-pigmentation on your skin.
Hyperpigmentation is common to pregnant women. This condition appears as the skin produces more melanin than usual. Hormonal imbalance triggers this overproduction of melanin. Hyper pigmentation may be visible in many areas of the body and not just on the face. It may also cause freckles, moles, and scars to look darker than usual.
Though this condition may not be treatable with most beauty products, it is still possible that you may be able to treat those dark marks. Following the advice as listed above may lessen the probability of developing these dark marks. Another good thing to remember is that any manifestation of hyperpigmentation will go away after your pregnancy.
Did you have dark marks while you were pregnant? How did you manage it? What treatment did you find most effective in treating those marks of pregnancy? Do you know of other tips that other expecting moms may do to treat this pregnancy-related condition? Let us know what you think in your comments.