Too soon after your baby is born, the pregnancy glow seems to wear off. It is quickly replaced with tired eyes and dull skin, as late nights become your new normal. After delivery, it’s not uncommon for new mommies to experience pigmentation, dullness, acne, puffiness, and dryness.

That’s why many mothers seek the rejuvenating effects of Botox.  Yet studies have not been conducted on Botox while nursing, so those seeking better alternatives can find them at Advanced Skin Therapeutics.

A New Post Postpartum Skincare Routine

Take steps to bring back your natural glow.

First, cleanse twice a day with a soothing, gentle cleanser. Depending on your skin concerns, there are many options available.  There are cleansers packed with enzymes that gently exfoliate debris and dead skin cells without over drying.  Other options include PHAs (poly hydroxy acids) and AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) which offer gentle to stronger exfoliants to enhance cellular turnover and combat surface bacteria.  Skin will appear smoother and more supple without drying or irritation.

Always layer on a broad spectrum sunscreen in the morning to prevent further pigmentation, discoloration, and sensitivity. Many choices are available that offer protection from both UVA/ UVB rays to fight against the damaging effects of sun exposure. Products range from broad spectrum sunscreens to sunscreens that include targeted anti-aging ingredients like firming peptides and antioxidants. These sunscreens are also available in tinted or non-tinted formulas.

Vitamin C serums (anti-oxidants) are another pathway for protecting the skin against oxidative damage and neutralizing free radicals that include the damaging effects of UVA/UVB rays.  These serums also improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as discoloration.  Broad spectrum sunscreens protect your skin from the outside while anti-oxidant serums work from the inside out.  Vitamin C serums and broad spectrum sunscreens work together to protect the skin from premature aging and oxidative damage.

Moisturize twice a day- Once in the morning and once in the evening. If your skin feels dry, it’s going to look rough and dull.  There are a variety of moisturizers based on skin type and issues.  The three most requested benefits of skin care are radiance, even skin tone and anti-ageing.  Moisturizers have a range of emollients from mild to intense hydration depending on your skin needs.  We invite you to visit with one of our skin care consultants at Advanced Skin Therapeutics to discuss your particular needs.

If you develop pregnancy mask, medically known as melasma or chloasma, this is very common.  Chloasma is hyperpigmentation or discoloration of the skin due to increased hormones related to pregnancy.  Limiting sun exposure, wearing sunscreen and protective clothing when out in the sun are recommended.  Pregnancy mask can sometimes fade on its own given time.  Once your pregnancy and breastfeeding are complete, there are both topical and procedural options available like hydroquinone, Vitamin A and chemical peels.  Be sure to consult with your board certified dermatologist for these treatments so your specific skin type can be considered.

Finally, pursue treatments for the specific problems you’re experiencing. Frustrated by dark eye circles? Eye creams developed for this delicate area include ingredients that target a key enzyme in melanin formation, reducing the appearance of uneven pigmentation. Caffeine  decreases puffiness, hyaluronic acid attracts moisture and Vitamin E is an antioxidant. Does your skin appear to be drooping or sagging?   Various ingredients work to volumize slack skin, renew tone, and smooth your skins surface.

No matter where you are on your skincare journey, schedule a consultation with one of our providers at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Institute to discuss your skin care concerns. If you’re seeking alternatives to Botox while nursing, you don’t need an appointment to discuss your home skin care routine with Advanced Skin Therapeutics.