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Your Sister Fix: 5 Common Pregnancy-Related Hair and Skin Problems Solved!

Black women have unique hair and skin changes during pregnancy. Get these doctor recommended fixes now!

 
5 Common Pregnancy-Related Hair and Skin Problems For Black Women Solved!

By Kimberly Seals Allers

Let’s face it, women of color have unique hair and skin issues. From varying hair textures that can range from straight to curly to kinky to unique skin tones, there’s no wonder why there are so many different products made just for us. But when you throw pregnancy hormones and changes into the mix, maintaining healthy hair and glowing skin can be downright challenging. So I gathered some tips and consulted with noted dermatologist Dr. Susan C. Taylor, M.D. to find some great fixes for 5 skin and hair common issues multicultural women face.

Problem:

Is it safe to relax or color my hair during pregnancy?

Remedy:

There is no evidence that chemical processing in the form of relaxers, curly perm, or hair coloring has any detrimental effect on a developing fetus. Many Black, Latina, and Asian women perm, and/or chemically alter the color or texture of their hair. A small amount may find its way into the bloodstream but at an insignificant level, according to most studies.   Some doctors recommend avoiding these processes in the first trimester when the baby’s vital organs are forming, just to be on the safe side.

However, discontinuing the process of relaxing your hair can do more harm than good-causing serious hair breakage. To determine what is best for you, consult a professional stylist.  And if you must have a relaxer or hair coloring treatment wait until the second or third trimester.

Problem:

I’ve got acne.  I feel like a teenager all over again.

Remedy:

It’s those hormones again. You may notice pimples, blackheads, whiteheads or larger spots on your face and body. There are a few prescriptions or OTC products that can be used safely during pregnancy or while nursing. Your doctor might approve a cleanser, creams, gels, or lotions with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.  If apply twice a day for six weeks or will see a positive change in the condition of your skin.

Problem:

My skin is dry and itchy.

Remedy:

Limit your bath or shower to five minutes and use mild cleansers like: Aveeno, Cetaphil, and Dove; or a thick moisturizer such as: Aquaphor, cocoa butter, and shea butter can work as well.  Aveeno Oatmeal Bath is a great non-medical alternative for dry skin.

Problem:

I can’t stop sweating.

Remedy:

Wash with a deodorant soap, such as Lever 2000, and wear light colored clothing made from breathable fabrics like cotton. Since your breasts may be larger due to pregnancy, many women find themselves sweating underneath their boobs. Wear cotton bras, wash them out regularly, and remove them at the end of your day to dry out the area.

Problem:

I have a “pregnancy mask.” What do I do?

Remedy:

Melasma is light or dark brown patches in the T-zone area and lower part of the face. Sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen is the answer to this common problem faced by both African-American and Latina women. Avoid the sun as much as possible, especially during summer, spring, and fall months. Use SPF 45 daily, preferably with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, and reapply every two hours, Make sure your foundation contains sunscreen.  If the areas are very dark try covering up with a heavier foundation cream like DermaBlend or CoverMark.

 

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2 Responses to “Your Sister Fix: 5 Common Pregnancy-Related Hair and Skin Problems Solved!”
  1. Charlotte says:

    Hi there, thank you for this article. I just found out that I am expecting my first child. I have been a holistic esthetician for 10 years and I would advise against using salicylic acid during pregnancy for the treatment of acne. Fruits, like papaya and pineapple, when crushed and applied topically can unclog pores, remove dead skin and can have a lightening affect on dark spots. Thank you again for this article.

    • SA says:

      Hi Charlotte, I would totally agree with you! Where did you receive your training? I am looking into natural esthetics schools…

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