Childbirth is a beautiful and unique moment in a woman’s life. Even if she makes several during her life, each one will be special in its own way, different from all the others. Childbirth is a special moment for all women, but at the same time it is aggressive to the body and can leave marks that do not always disappear. Many women complain, for example, of having their skin blemished after giving birth , or the so-called Melasma, which can be considered something natural, but that causes concern in many of them.
But after all, why does this happen? What to do to make these stains come out? What is the best way to treat blemished skin after childbirth? We will address each of these issues in more depth.
Why do spots appear on the skin?
The most common types of skin blemishes that appear during pregnancy are dark spots on the face and also some lines on the belly. In addition to these types, birthmarks and freckles that women already have may end up highlighted by pregnancy.
The pigmentation changes in the skin of a pregnant woman is a common effect of the storm of hormones, more specifically estrogen, which happens inside the body during pregnancy.
Knowing this and that it is something natural in this phase of women , it is not necessary to have panic over the skin that is stained after delivery, since there are many ways to treat them and even eliminate them quickly and efficiently.
How to remove stains?
Both the spots that appear on the skin during pregnancy and the spots that appear after delivery tend to disappear on their own over time. However, there are ways to make this process faster. Some of the main ways to help your skin recover from these blemishes are:
- Protect yourself from the sun : Preventing your skin from being exposed to the sun, especially in the middle of the day, and using sunscreen with high factors can help speed up this healing process, as the sun helps make your skin darker.
- Cosmetic camouflage creams : Another option is these creams that help to lighten the skin color and disguise Melasma. However, this type of solution only camouflages, that is, it is not effective in combating direct stains.
- Review the use of contraceptives: If you are already using contraceptives and the blemishes do not disappear or even get worse, it is a good idea to visit your doctor and consider the possibility of changing medication to help with the problem of blemished skin after childbirth.
Skin Treatments Before Childbirth
Skin care for a pregnant woman should start even before delivery. The use of creams that prevent stretch marks, for example, can now be used, in addition to the sunscreen that should always be with the woman so that there is no undue exposure to the sun.
In addition, other types of creams that can be used are those against dry skin, which normally have no restrictions and help in hydrating and maintaining the woman’s skin.
Skin Problems After Childbirth
Several problems can appear on a woman’s skin in addition to the spotty skin after childbirth. Some of the most common are:
- Stretch marks
- Varicose veins
Stria gravidarum occurs in eight out of ten women , that is, it is extremely common. What happens is that the rapid growth of the belly causes the skin to stretch too fast, showing deeper layers that could not be seen before.
These layers can be seen in the form of red or purple lines mainly on the breasts, belly and thighs. Pregnancy streaks usually turn white over time, but hardly ever go away on their own. There are treatments with creams, peels and lasers to eliminate this type of problem, but a woman should only do it after she is no longer breastfeeding, so that the baby’s health does not suffer any changes.
Acne, or the famous pimples, are very common in both pregnant women and women who have recently given birth. It also occurs because of the large amount of hormones that circulate in the body during this period and that end up affecting the skin in several ways.
Treatments with specific creams indicated by a dermatologist can make acne disappear faster, however, this type of problem usually resolves itself over time.
When varicose veins appear, they usually improve between three and four months after delivery occurs. They usually occur because the weight of the woman’s belly is not supported by the legs and the blood ends up circulating in a bad way, especially near the shin area.
Exercises can help prevent or cause varicose veins to fade faster. They are not usually very dangerous, but it is always good to visit a doctor if the problem persists for a long time.
Skin care is not the only one to be taken after delivery, but even so they should not be left out or overlooked, as they can become problems that will demand much more from you at a time where you need to have attention to the baby.
Do not neglect your body, but also do not overdo it, certain marks and changes are part of the life cycle and your body will gradually adapt to the new reality and go back to normal.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.