How should I care for my skin during pregnancy?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Here's the plan for perfect skin care during pregnancy:
  1. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser (one that won't burn your eyes).
  2. Use a moisturizer based on your skin type (oily skin doesn't need a moisturizer). In fact, at ages younger than 50 and in any location save a desert, most skin doesn't need moisturizers - use of moisturizers inhibits your own production of your protective skin oils. Use a lotion or cream (as opposed to a gel or liquid) only if your skin is dry, or you live in a very dry climate. Look for a moisturizer that contains antioxidants in the form of vitamins A, C, and E, which will ward off toxins so that more collagen can form.
  3. Exfoliate your face using a washcloth rather than a chemical product. The mechanical removal of dead skin ensures that chemicals often used for exfoliation won't get absorbed and passed on to your baby.
  4. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that contains zinc dioxide. Every day, no excuses. It's a mechanical blocker so is not absorbed in the skin like many chemical sunscreens. Such blockers also work immediately, so you can put them on just as you're leaving the house.
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