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Mothers-to-be consider Shielding Lotions for relief from skin disorders during pregnancy
Women can minimize effects of common skin disorders resulting from pregnancy

Expecting a first child is one of the most exciting times in a woman�s life, and taking basic preventative skin care measures, such as the use of shielding lotions, can help minimize or prevent the effects of common skin disorders resulting from pregnancy-induced changes to her body.

According to the March of Dimes, common skin conditions plaguing a woman during her nine months of gestation range from improved or worsened acne; flare-ups in existing eczema and psoriasis; bluish discoloration or blotchy skin in the legs; bhloasma - the "mask of pregnancy" or melasma - "glowing" skin from increased blood flow and skin oils; itchiness and dry skin; stretch marks; dark line on the belly; changes in fingernail or toenail growth and appearance; puffiness; rashes, red or itchy palms from increases in the hormone estrogen; skin tags, spider veins; and darkening skin.

Though most of these conditions will usually disappear after delivery, these tips may help reduce or treat common skin problems that occur during pregnancy and help the mother-to-be feel more comfortable:
  • Skin cleansing. Good skin cleansing is the best way to avoid or treat acne breakouts. Wash your face with a mild cleanser two or three times a day. Don�t wash too often or the skin may become dry, aggravating the problem. A shielding lotion can minimize the loss of moisture and it won�t wash off.
    IMPORTANT: Do not take any acne medications or over-the-counter treatments without checking with your health care provider. Some of these are not safe for pregnant women to use.

  • Sun protection. Your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy. Good sun protection is very important at this time. Sunlight can darken pigment changes in your skin and increase your chances of getting "mask of pregnancy." Use a good sun block, cover up, and wear a hat when outside. Limit the time you spend outdoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

  • Make-up. Cover-up and foundation can help hide dark streaks or spots on the skin. Avoid make-ups that contain mercury. Look at the label to see if the make-up contains mercury.

  • Stretch marks. You won�t be able to avoid stretch marks entirely. It will help if you gain only the recommended amount of weight (usually 25 to 35 pounds), and do so slowly. Using a quality shielding lotion may help the skin retain moisture and stay supple, minimizing the effects. Stretch marks usually fade and become less noticeable after delivery.

  • Moisturizers. Moisturize your belly and your breasts to reduce itchiness and dry skin. To avoid skin irritation, use an unscented high-quality shielding lotion that won�t wash off and can protect against environmental irritants, like household cleansers and air pollution. Use mild soap when washing. Avoid hot showers or baths. They can dry out the skin.

  • Excessive heat. Heat can intensify itchiness and rashes. When you go out in warm weather, wear loose-fitting, cotton clothing.
Always talk to your health care provider before using any medicated creams or ointments to treat skin problems, as some may be harmful. Ask your doctor if shielding lotions using high-quality all-natural ingredients are right for you in managing your pregnancy-related skin conditions.

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