While expecting a baby, many women dream of exfoliation, but they doubt whether it is possible to do face peeling during pregnancy. Often such a happy time in the life of a woman becomes spoiled by her own reflection in the mirror: the face acquires unpredictable aesthetic defects. Imbalance of hormonal balance provokes the appearance of small inflammations, dark brown spots or excessive peeling of the skin. In ordinary life, all these problems can easily be solved with the help of peelings, but pregnancy imposes prohibitions on some of them. And only the attending physician can authorize the procedure.
Why pregnant peeling
During pregnancy, the female body becomes more vulnerable because it begins to experience a double load. Many external factors that were previously harmless to him or acted as weak stimuli during this period become dangerous for both the future mother and the child. Such external influences include cosmetic peels for the face.
Pregnancy provokes a cardinal restructuring of the hormonal background. These changes are reflected not only in the psychological state of the woman, but also in her appearance. Each trimester can leave its “marks” on the girl’s face: in the first few months, small pimples and redness appear on the skin, then the face against the background of vitamin deficiency may become dull or unexpected pigmentation. For a woman who is used to looking perfect and regularly caring for herself, such a blow to attractiveness becomes an aesthetic catastrophe.
In addition to these unpleasant “surprises”, such a wonderful time in a woman’s life can be overshadowed by:
- dryness and peeling of the skin, especially in the lips;
- the unpredictable reaction of the skin to ultraviolet light;
- painful microcracks in the corners of the mouth;
- exacerbation of dermatological diseases;
- the appearance of foci of herpes against the background of a general decrease in immunity;
- allergic rashes, even when using the usual cosmetics;
- comedones, acne, or acne;
- age spots from light brown to brown due to increased production of melanin.
The majority of women think about whether pregnancy and peeling can be made friends: those who are already in a position, and those who are only planning a family replenishment. By itself, face peeling as a cosmetic way to release the epidermis from the layer of dead cells does not pose a threat to the health of the unborn baby. The important thing is what means become the main to achieve deep cleansing and rejuvenation.
Doctors and cosmetologists agree that peeling during pregnancy is permissible when it comes to its gentle and slightly aggressive varieties. Approved methods include, for example, mechanical skin peeling using a gas-liquid jet, as well as soft surface cleansing with natural low-concentration fruit acids. Prohibited exfoliation is definitely a mid-TCA peeling and deep exfoliation of the skin with phenolic acid. Pregnant women should remember an important rule: superficial peelings – green light, middle and deep – red.
Caution against unpredictability
A pregnant woman, like no one else, should carefully approach the peeling procedure, having previously assessed all the possible risks. After all, the reaction of the body may become unexpected. Therefore, it is useful to know some of the nuances of exfoliation that are characteristic of this time. Much of what needs to be taken into account relates to general recommendations, but something may become a contraindication for the upcoming session of salon facial cleansing.
- All hardware cosmetology techniques based on the use of ultrasonic waves, laser radiation and microcurrent therapy for a pregnant woman are undesirable. Do not agree to the proposals of inexperienced specialists to perform ultrasound exfoliation of dead epidermal cells. On the one hand, such a peeling can disturb the fetus, on the other hand, heating the adipose tissue with an ultrasound scanner can provoke a skin reaction in the form of pimples and black dots;
- Each peeling during pregnancy should be preceded by an allergo test in which a drop of the active substance in the case of chemical exfoliation is applied to the internal bend of the elbow or under the knee. Do not listen to a beautician who assurances of the absolute safety of the procedure for you and the unborn baby. Ask for a test in the area of thin skin and make sure there is no allergy or itching;
- Even the harmless components of peeling products may not be acceptable for the normal development of the fetus. Do not forget to warn the beautician about your interesting situation before the start of the course, for example, during the initial consultation. The gestational age in this case does not matter;
- The shelf life of the drugs with which the specialist will peel the face is always important, but during pregnancy this information becomes especially important. Some chemical compounds at the expiration date not only cease to act, but can become toxic. Therefore, do not be too lazy to personally check whether the cosmetic product is suitable, in what conditions it is stored, whether there is a certificate for it, whether the instruments for the procedure are sterile;
- Contraindications for most peelings, even superficial ones, are inflammation and microtrauma. Do not sign up for a salon if your face has abrasions, microcracks, scratches, boils, herpes foci or pustules.
The smell of some peeling mixtures and preparations can cause disgust in a pregnant woman, especially in the early stages of toxicosis. Therefore, before starting the peeling procedure, sniff the product and evaluate if its aroma does not cause discomfort.
Green Corridor for Peelings
The answer to the question of whether peeling can be done during pregnancy will be affirmative only in the case of the following types of salon exfoliation:
- peeling with malic acid (malic acid) – not only gently cleanses the skin from physiological and atmospheric pollution, but also is a kind of vitamin cocktail for the epidermis, actively saturating it with fruit trace elements and minerals;
- peeling with lactic acid (lactic) – a gentle acid effect on the skin that stimulates blood flow, collagen production, oxygen saturation of cells and deep internal hydration;
- almond acid peeling (almond) – combines a strong antibacterial effect with skin whitening function. Thanks to this technique, the complexion becomes smoother, and the manifestations of acne become less noticeable;
- glycolic acid peeling (glycolic) will help to cope with hyperpigmentation and smooth out the microrelief of the skin;
- peeling with tartaric acid (tartaric) will become an effective protection against the appearance of stretch marks on the face and neck by increasing the elasticity of the skin;
- peeling with azelaic acid (azelaic) will reduce inflammatory manifestations on the face, help get rid of acne and rosacea;
- peeling with phytic acid (phytic) will be an excellent tool for narrowing enlarged pores, as well as in the fight against pigmentation and a bright vascular network;
- gas-liquid peeling – a universal and possible mechanical peeling of the face during pregnancy. This exfoliation assumes that only distilled water will act as a contact substance, and oxygen as a gas. The use of any additional medications, even saline, instead of water, is undesirable.
Stop peelings for pregnant women
All types of mid-deep and deep exfoliation are chemical peels during pregnancy in the “stop” category. Acid, as the main component of peeling mixtures, despite the permissible concentration, is not safe for the embryo. Chemical compounds, getting into the general bloodstream of a mother and a child, at best can cause an allergic reaction, at worst – cause irreversible defects in the development of the fetus. In addition, acid formulations, burning and exposing the upper layer of the epidermis, can turn out to be difficult to remove hyperpigmentation for the pregnant woman and the effect of peeling will be the opposite.
And also during pregnancy, it is necessary to refrain from radical hardware techniques based on laser radiation or diamond polishing.
Pregnancy and subsequent lactation – about a year and a half categorical prohibitions for such types of exfoliation as:
- retinoic (yellow) peeling;
- peeling ADB (ABR), based on alpha, beta and retinoic acids;
- TCA peeling using trichloroacetic acid;
- Jessner peeling or salicylic;
- anti-aging phenol peeling;
- laser exfoliation and grinding;
- microcrystalline dermabrasion using a diamond tip or special brushes with diamond spraying;
- ultrasonic face cleansing;
What can be done at home
Natural peels made at home are an ideal way to cleanse the skin for a pregnant woman. These procedures are safe for the expectant mother and baby, slightly aggressive, but at the same time effective and effective. Organic compositions for home peeling are easy to prepare and apply, just select a couple of proven recipes and buy the necessary ingredients.
Almond honey peeling
- 2-3 tbsp almond powder (almonds, crushed in a blender);
- 1-2 tbsp buckwheat honey;
- ½ tsp squeezed lemon juice.
- heat buckwheat honey in a “water” bath;
- mix honey with almond powder;
- add lemon juice to the mixture;
- apply the product with the fingertips on the face;
- massage lightly;
- leave the mixture on your face for 15 minutes;
- rinse with warm water.
Oatmeal Coconut Peeling
- 4 tbsp Hercules
- 3 tbsp coconut oil.
- pour oatmeal with boiling water, leave to insist on 10 minutes;
- in a “water” bath melt coconut oil;
- drain water from oatmeal, mix them with coconut oil;
- apply the mixture to the face;
- rinse the product after 15 minutes with warm water.
Peeling from sea salt and coconut oil
- 6 tbsp finely ground sea salt;
- 3 tbsp coconut oil.
- melt coconut oil in a “water” bath;
- add crystals of sea salt to the oil, mix;
- gently apply the composition to the skin of the face;
- leave the product for 15 minutes;
- rinse with warm water.
Pregnancy is a time of many limitations. Some of the usual beauty procedures for a woman in a position temporarily become unavailable. For example, chemical peels of medium or deep action, laser rejuvenation, diamond or ultrasonic skin cleansing. Nevertheless, cosmetologists have adapted a small number of exfoliation methods for pregnant women. They must be used with caution and not abused, in pursuit of the effect. If a woman has done chemical peeling of the face, not yet knowing that she is pregnant, she needs to tell her gynecologist about it.