In the first instalment of our series on Pregnancy Beauty Woes and Fixes, we covered the concerns and solutions for Mummy Tummy. This week, we ask skin experts from SW1 Clinic on the latest innovations to curb pregnancy skin pigmentation.
Highs and Lows of Pregnancy Skin
We love the radiant complexion that accompanies pregnancy, thanks to the boost in circulation from carrying a baby. However, many women will agree that they also develop darker pigmentation along skin creases, nipples and scars. Towards the end of pregnancy, some will befall the aptly named “mask of pregnancy”. Also known as melasma, these are dark skin blotches that usually showing up on the cheeks, nose, forehead and around the mouth, like a mask. For some ladies, this reverses partially after delivery. For others, it persists or progresses. Melasma is more common in Asian women and also run in the family. Whilst there is very little that we can do about our genes, these measures will help to keep these dark spots at bay.
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Fighting Back Dark Spots
UV rays, without doubt, is a pigment generator. Minimise sun exposure and be disciplined with sun protection. It is crucial to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. In general, SPF indicates UVB protection and PA indicates UVA protection.
Avoid skincare and cosmetic products that irritate the skin. Especially during pregnancy, skin can develop darker discolouration when it is injured (aka post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or PIH).
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Pigment-Busting Lasers to the Rescue
The ideal laser for skin pigmentation seeks out melanin in the skin and fragments them. We spoke to Dr Michelle Lim, from SW1 clinic, for her opinion on the best pigment laser in the market today. “Pico Discovery Plus is known for being one of the most powerful lasers in the market today. It is equipped with 3 different laser wavelengths for a range of pigments, and had proven itself in many clinical trials to be superior for lightening pigmentation. Check out the results after Pico Laser:
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Potions and Lotions to Reverse Dark Spots
Look for products with brightening ingredients such as vitamin C, arbutin and tranexamic acid. “The Glow Range from SW1 Shop, contains powerful, yet natural and safe, lightening ingredients,” added Dr Lim. These multi-tasking products also refines skin texture for added radiance. Vitamin A derived products (like Retin-A) also help with pigmentation but should be avoided during pregnancy. Oral vitamin A in high doses has been shown to cause birth defects.
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Yummy to Mummy Workshop
To learn more on post-pregnancy beauty fixes, hear from a panel of medical experts, from plastic surgeons to O&G specialists, who will give valuable insight on the latest innovations and treatments that can help you not only restore your beauty but take it to the next level. The workshop will be held on 4 August 2018, Saturday, 2 – 4PM, and we have a discount code for you! Early bird discount: 10% off before 20 July, enter code <Early20>.