For the past 21 years I have been going to Dayle Breault for facials I hate to even use that word “facial” because its more like a magical facial experience. Dayle AKA “THE GODDESS OF SKIN” is a master healer of the skin. Her products are all natural and simply magic! I was chatting with her at my last appointment and asked her if she would write me up a little something for my blog about pregnancy and the skin. Here is what the goddess had to say –

Every part of the body goes through changes during pregnancy, and the skin is no exception. Skin changes occur in about 90% of pregnant women in one form or another due to the surge of hormones.
Pregnancy Glow is not a myth. Blood volume increases during pregnancy by almost 50%, so vascular changes such as flushing and inflammation are not surprising. The increased circulation of blood to the body’s tissues causes the cheeks to take on a blush-like appearance. In addition to redness, sebaceous glands may produce increased secretions, giving the skin an oily sheen or shine.
Women who are pregnant may experience acne and hyperpigmentation- often for the first time. But this does not mean Mom is ready to accept wrinkles, brown spots or breakouts.

Having worked for 28 years as an Esthetician, I have experienced hundreds of pregnancies with my clients, some of whom I am working with their children now. It is time for certain adjustments in your regimen, as well as your lifestyle. But first, I always suggest you check in with your Doctor to get his/her opinions on what you should or should not use. And the first trimester is the most important to proceed with caution.Here are a few key issues and what you can do to make this the most happiest and fullfilling time of you and your babies lives.

The Mask Of Pregnancy

1. Melasma, is one of the most common changes associated with pregnancy. It is characterized by irregularly shaped light or dark brown patches usually forming on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. According to studies, Melasma affects nearly 70% of pregnant women. I wish I could tell you it can be prevented, but the hormonal fluctuations during your pregnancy is the culprit, not what is outside of our bodies. However, we can help minimize the intensity by wearing a hat, making sure our car windows, including the windshield, are tinted or at least have a UV protected film on them. Of course, the use of a sunscreen daily, and also, remembering to reapply, can substantially help. My Heartfelt Emulsion Day 40 is specifically formulated with Liquid Titanium and Zinc and includes Vitamin C , Knotgrass Flavanoids, Niacinamide(Vitamin b3) and Resveratrol. Along with anti-aging peptides, these all help to lighten any existing and fight any coming pigmentation. Definitely stay away from any chemical lighteners, as these would not be safe for your wee one.

2. Psoriasis, Excema, or Rosacea. Pregnancy puts your body under added stress, which can be a trigger for anyone if she is predisposed to these conditions. Symptoms worsen for some, while others can completely stop having flare ups. One of the theories is the immune system and cellular responses have switchedtheir focus onto maintaining a healthy baby. Keeping a gentle approach to your regimen, using crème cleansers, less exfoliation, and introducing barrier-building ingredients such as oat kernel, borage oil, and sunflower seed extract will help with any irritation and neutralize skin sensitivity. Skipping hot showers, , steam, heated blankets or saunas, as well as any artificial fragrance will really help.

3. Acne, This is a big one, especially if you are prone before you get pregnant, or have poly-cystic ovaries. The increase in sebum as well as the added androgens can stimulate the sebaceous and sweat glands, resulting in an increase in oil production. Some also whom are experiencing acne before pregnancy, can completely clear up, it is always a roll of the dice for me when someone tells me they are pregnant. This is especially during the first and third trimester. Keeping the skin clean, using masks with oil-absorbing clays such as bentonite and kaolin, and sebum-regulating Niacinamide. Both Benzoyl peroxide, and lactic acid are safe to use, but even a small amount of salicylic acidwill not hurt. These acids will all help increase cell turnover as well as add additional hydrating and brightening benefits. Just be sure to not use this all over your skin, just to spot treat the breakout area. And one important ingredient to stay away from is any form of Vitamin A, such as Retin-A or Retinol.

4. Stretch Marks – Unfortunately, this is an issue that some have and others do not. Stretch Marks, or striaedistenase., as they are called in Dermatology, are a form of scarring of the skin with an off-color hue. They are caused by a tearing of the dermis, which over time may diminish, and some say never go away. They are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with growth or weight changes, as in Pregnancy. But not to fret, as there is a very simple device you can purchase online that will alleviate this issue. I have had great results with Micro-needling ( known in Dermatology as the “poor man’s Fraxel”, as it does a similar action, creating tiny little wounds in the area treated, sending in the bodies natural healing process and I even have seen them disappear over time. This is something that you do daily, over the area in three different directions. Results can be seen pretty quickly, generally taking three to six months to completely go away.

Becoming a Mother is challenging enough without having to navigate through a confusing maze of skin care ingredients and treatments. But as long as you listen, and are prepared and educated, you will help make your skin happy and your pregnancy safe, comfortable and joyful experience.

For more info on my amazing Dayle please visit her website The Goddess of skin

*Also her products are totally safe for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers – I am a huge fan and use them regularly. Highly recommend them to all.