By Julia Roble
Trying to achieve perfect, clear skin is a job on its own and takes full commitment. Though it may seem impossible at times especially when you’re plagued with various different skin concerns, yet it’s actually not as out of reach as you may think. Just like all problems, there is always a solution and in this case whether it’s hormonal acne or pregnancy, we’ve got you covered.
1. Hormonal Acne
Hormonal acne is way more common than you think. In fact, according to healthline.com, about 50% of women ages 20 to 29 struggle with hormonal acne and about 25% of women aged 40 to 49 are affected by it too. This is often caused by increased androgen levels, PCOS, menopause or menstruation.
Despite that, if you’ve been struggling with it for a while, there are a few ingredients and products to help keep it at bay. Retinoids, for example, can help significantly in doing so since it’s derived from Vitamin A – but it’s always best to get a consult first, especially since it can make your skin super sensitive after a while. 111 Skin’s Celestial Black Diamond Retinol Oil works as a solution to help with blemishes and pigmentation and also helps reduce wrinkles & fine lines.
Salicylic acid works great in unclogging pores, which is one of the factors that contribute to hormonal acne. Cane + Austin’s Acne Retexture Pad + 2% Salicylic Acid USP with 5% Glycolic Acid helps fight acne while brightening the skin tone and reducing age spots. In addition to that, ReVive’s Acne Reparatif Acne Treatment Gel also contains salicylic acid and helps combat both acne and aging, making it the best of both worlds.
Anticipating the arrival of your child is an exciting time with so many things changing and with that comes a lot of preparation that goes into the works. Another thing to consider in terms of change is your skincare routine. You’re pregnant now, which means you have to think of what’s safe to use for your child as well.
There are a series of products you ought to avoid such as retinol and AHAs. However, there are definite alternatives to your favorite products that are far more gentle and safe. Take Vitamin C for example, it’s safe to use and is a great substitute for retinoids, especially when targeting those dark spots you may get from pregnancy. Our pick for this is FEMMUE Lumiere Vital C, which is formulated with a gentle Vitamin C derivative that helps brighten and even out your complexion, while also moisturizing it. The icing on the cake is that it’s non-irritating too!
Another pregnancy safe ingredient is Hyaluronic acid, which helps in hydrating and plumping your skin while also being of suitable use. Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum is amazing for all the soon-to-be moms out there.
Atopic dermatitis, better known as eczema, is a skin condition which results in red, inflamed patches on your skin that are often itchy. There are several kinds of eczema, but the brief common symptoms are itching, red patches, bumps, and scaly skin. There are several reasons as to why your eczema is flaring up such as: chemicals in your detergent, sweating, stress, humid temperatures, food allergies, and more.
With that said, you should consider having thick and soothing moisturizers in your routine when your eczema acts up. Since one of the reasons eczema can often flare up is due to the temperature, having a soothing and thick moisturizer can do wonders especially since the skin condition can often dry you out.
FEMMUE’s Ideal Creme Riche is a moisturizer that helps actively protect your skin from several aggressors like UV, blue-light and traffic pollution. It’s also rich in fatty acids and vitamins that can help reduce inflammation and redness. Another hydrating pick that’s good for the shower is EviDenS The Silky Bath and Shower Cream that boasts ultra-moisture and rehydrates your skin, as well as creating a protecting film that really locks in moisture. In addition to that, if you need an on-the-go balm to help with any flare-ups, KAHI’s Wrinkle Bounce Multi Balm is a good one since it’s formulated with salmon complex that helps form a moisture barrier for your skin for long-lasting hydration.