Skin problems tend to occur more frequently
Pregnancy and childbirth are major life events for women. During this period, the body changes significantly to prepare for conceiving, nurturing, and giving birth to a new life.
At the same time, some women experience skin problems, such as pimples, spots, and dry skin.
Moreover, female hormones and stress also have a negative impact on the skin. Details of such impacts are described below.
Changes in the levels of female hormones before and after pregnancy and childbirth could cause skin problems!
A woman’s physical and skin conditions change periodically in accordance with the menstrual cycle. It has been found that such changes are caused by changes in the levels of female hormones.
Then, how do these levels change before and after pregnancy and childbirth?
The levels of female hormones during pregnancy become 100 to 1000 times greater than during the non-pregnant period. However, these levels decrease radically after childbirth. In short, the levels of female hormones fluctuate significantly before and after pregnancy and childbirth.
Such changes have a negative impact on the skin, leading to skin problems, such as spots and dry skin.
Stress lowers your skin’s resiliency
In daily life, have you noticed that make-up does not stay on when you are stressed or tired? Shiseido’s research has found that psychological stress has a negative impact on the skin.*
After childbirth, you experience more stress or feel more tired due to baby care and lack of sleep. In particular, the first pregnancy and childbirth are stressful experiences for you because you feel insecure.
These conditions can lower the skin’s resiliency.
* Toru Tsuchiya, Journal of Human Life Engineering, 2002:3(4):7-11
Since it is a period when your skin becomes particularly delicate, be sure to continue taking good care of it
After childbirth, you tend to put your baby’s needs before personal needs. The greatest enemies of your skin during the period before and after pregnancy and childbirth, when your skin is more vulnerable to external irritation, are dryness and ultraviolet rays. In order to keep your skin healthy, you need to moisturize it thoroughly and protect it from UV rays, particularly in the daytime.
Skin care has a good impact not only on the skin, but also on your state of mind. Paying attention to your skin, such as touching your skin gently and feeling its softness, is an important part of skin care. Taking a deep breath then will further improve your skin and mental condition.
If you have worries, share them with your friends or try to refresh your body and mind
It is natural for you to become mentally unstable before and after pregnancy and childbirth. Mothers who are devoted to baby care have the same worries or insecure feelings.
On such occasions, you should talk to someone you trust, such as family members and friends. Do not get caught up in your thoughts, but instead try to find ways to relieve your worries or insecure feelings.
After childbirth, your body and mind are exhausted and stressed out.
It is important to find ways to refresh your body and mind.
Take time to rest, listen to music, or do some stretching for a change.