Let’s Talk About Melasma Skin Care
Are you experiencing a worsening of melasma conditions now that you are pregnant? We know how you feel! This condition can be so disappointing and frustrating! We get it – your body is expressing the chemical changes happening within in odd ways. Fortunately, there is a solution – melasma skin care that actually works!
Where’s My Pregnancy Glow?
We have all heard the old wives tale about pregnant women seeming to have a “pregnancy glow”. It turns out, the concept of the pregnancy glow has strong biological bases. A pregnant mother’s complexion changes due to chemical reactions taking place internally in the mother to be during pregnancy. An increased volume of blood and circulation results in the cheeks taking on an attractive blush, due to the numerous blood vessels just below the surface. In addition to this redness of the skin, increased secretions of the oil glands give the skin a waxy sheen. These changes in complexion are similar to those that non-pregnant people experience when their heart rate increases dramatically.
Unfortunately, pregnancy can often cause several other changes to the mother’s complexion which are not as desirable including: pimply eruptions, heat rashes, skin tags, spider veins, red palms and soles, and dark areas on the face appearing larger and darker, described as “Melasma” or Chlosma.
Nearly 50% of pregnant women experience at least minor signs of melasma which is often referred to as the mask of pregnancy. Melasma’s symptoms include brownish or yellowish patches which appear most commonly on the forehead, upper cheeks, nose, and chin. Brunettes and women with a darker skin complexion may also notice darkened circles, resembling eye shadow, around their eyes.
When Does Melasma Start During Pregnancy?
These symptoms most often occur during the second trimester and are a direct result of increase pigmentation due to your body producing an abundance of hormones. The pregnancy hormones estrogen and progesterone stimulate the melanin cells in the skin to produce more pigment, yet because these cells do not produce extra pigment uniformly, your facial skin may acquire a change that resembles a blotchy tan. The symptoms of melasma are most common to the hormonal effects which often occur due to the consumption of oral contraceptives.
Tips to Prevent Melasma
In order to prevent or reverse melasma, here are some tips:
- Try your best to avoid exposure to the sun since your skin is extra sensitive while pregnant. The sun increases your chances of these dark spots showing up on your face. If you have to go outside, wear a good, natural/organic sunscreen and a hat to guard your face. We would like you to approach melasma skin care with care. Many skin creams and ointments contain chemicals which can be potential harmful to your developing baby. Always consult a physician or midwife before applying any skin treatment solutions.
- Drink sufficient, pure water throughout the day. We recommend drinking water on almost every blog post because it’s importance cannot be overstated! We all need to be reminded to drink clean, pure water throughout the day because most of us forget.
- Use a Pregnancy Conscious skin care line like Amalou Skin. Two moms who experienced skin issues like acne and melasma during pregnancy created these products. When they couldn’t find maternity safe treatment products on the market, they decided to do something about it.
Melasma Skin Care Designed for Expecting Moms
The founders created Amalou Skin based on personal experience. Being unable to find a pregnancy safe face care regimen heightened their awareness of ingredient-safety. They put that knowledge into action with a team of experts who helped them create the first full line of maternity safe facial skin care products. Amalou Skin helps women look and feel more beautiful, pregnant or not.
When used together, the line of pregnancy safe products composes an effective skin-clearing regimen. Customers have peace of mind using Amalou Skin because the products contain none of the usual acne or melasma-fighting ingredients. Commercial facial care products often contain ingredients which are contra-indicated during pregnancy. Amalou Skin contains no benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinoids, hydroquonine, parabens, phlalates, sulfates, or fragrance. Your skin will be clean and hydrated and the appearance of blemishes and discoloration will start to fade away with daily use.
Natural Skin Care Regimen for Pregnant Women
The Amalou Skin product line contains azelaic acid which may help reduce the appearance of facial discoloration with regular use. If you suffer from melasma, to prevent the condition from worsening you must follow ALL of the tips above. You will want to avoid the sun, cover up with a hat if you go outside, and wear enough (healthy) sunscreen at all times.
Our line contains four pregnancy conscious products:
REVEAL Exfoliating Face Wash, with tea tree oil, chamomile and azelaic acid
PRIME Detoxifying Tonic, which is Alcohol-free with natural antiseptics, antioxidants and azelaic acid
GLOW Balancing Moisturizer, with peptides, tea tree oil and azelaic acid
RESTORE Night Treatment, with azelaic acid and hydrogen peroxide
Our products were developed with the help of industry experts including cosmetic chemists, dermatologist & OBGYNs. We developed our formulation in compliance with independent environmental and consumer advocacy groups. An independent, FDA registered laboratory industry-standard tests our products. Dermatologists test the products for any allergic indications. Amalou Skin is proud to offer hypoallergenic skin care.
Order the Amalou Skin care regimen below.