In this Article
How Might My Skin Change After Giving Birth
Common Postpartum Skin Issues
Will My Skin Change When I’m Breastfeeding
What’s Safe to Use on My Skin When I’m Breastfeeding
What’s Definitely Not Safe to Use on My Skin When I’m Breastfeeding
The Best Postpartum Skincare
There are times throughout our lives when our skin can become stressed out and upset, usually due to our changes in hormones. Puberty is the time when we might first develop oily or acne prone skin, and then having our periods and going through the menopause can also cause our skin to react differently.
As we (hopefully) reassured you in our article, Skincare While Pregnant - Do I Need to Do Anything Differently?, the majority of skin issues and troubles you experienced during your pregnancy will disappear in the weeks and months after giving birth.
However, there are some skin conditions that can become worse or even appear for the first time, after you’ve given birth. Therefore, you may need to reconsider your postpartum skincare routine, as your skincare needs may be different from before you were pregnant.
This again is down to your hormones and can affect both women who are breastfeeding or who have chosen not to breastfeed or who cannot.
So let’s take a look at how breastfeeding and a postpartum body can affect our skin and what postpartum skincare changes you might need to think about.
How Might My Skin Change After Giving Birth?
You may have spent your entire pregnancy completely glowing with radiant, healthy, plump skin. (Lucky you!) But now, you’re experiencing a definite loss of the glow. How cruel! How can it be, that once it’s all over, it’s now that your skin decides to become all contrary.
This is down to our old foe, our hormones. After pregnancy, the rise in hormones we’ve previously experienced does fall back to pre pregnancy levels. But this isn’t immediate, it takes time and can also be a bit of an up and down process in itself.
Common Postpartum Skin Issues
Due to this dramatic fall in hormone levels, our skin can find everything confusing and whilst it works out what’s happening, can break out into spots, redness or sensitivities.
Often, during pregnancy our skin can actually look better, since our levels of the collagen boosting, skin plumping hormone estrogen are high.
Also, progesterone levels are high, which opens up the blood vessels, allowing for more blood flow and more of the glow.
If you’ve read our article Skincare While Pregnant - Do I Need to Do Anything Differently?, you’ll know that these issues can cause our skin to react badly. But equally, they can boost the vibrancy of our skin. (Hormones huh, we never can predict the contrary little things.)
Then, after birth when these hormones drop, our skin can become acne prone, oily and inflamed. The need for skincare for postpartum acne is therefore more common than you’d think, even if you’ve never experienced acne before.
Acne prone skin after giving birth, or postpartum acne, is, yep, you’ve guessed it, caused by a fluctuation in hormone levels and will likely stick around until these pesky hormones have settled down.
Plus, let’s not forget, becoming a mum or having another child is stressful. Long term, sustained stress can lead to an increase in levels of a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is our stress hormone and helps the body decide whether to fight or flight.
But cortisol can also lead to an increase in sebum, the wax like substance naturally secreted by the skin to help protect it. An increase in sebum leads to oily skin, blocked pores and acne spots.
Looking after our skin with skin loving, nourishing but gentle skincare products is therefore key at this stage in our lives.
The hormonal changes in your postpartum body that are responsible for oily or acne prone skin, can also send it the other way, causing dry, flaky skin.
So it’s super important to moisturise your skin, even if you have zero time for much else after cleansing your skin using a super gentle cream cleanser. Use a gentle, nourishing moisturiser during the day to keep shine at bay, and then a heavier night time moisturiser before bed.
To help keep dry postpartum skin at bay, it can also be helpful to take short, warm showers rather than long, hot ones, however tempting. Staying hydrated on the inside by drinking plenty of water will also help.
Loose, “Baggy” Skin
Hey, guess what? Your body has just done an incredible thing - it’s grown a whole new human being! For nine or so months, your stomach area has been slowly expanding and you’ve been gaining weight as your baby got larger, and your body adapted. It’s all completely normal.
So it’s also completely normal for your skin to take a while to go back to your pre-pregnancy shape, or to find its new groove with a new, postpartum shape.
Go easy on yourself and don’t expect to see many changes in your skin for a few months. When you’ve been signed off by your doctor to exercise again, you may start to see some changes. But in the meantime, and until you’re ready, eat well and nourish your skin with moisturising products to help maintain its elasticity.
Itching and Redness
Even the biggest stars suffer with skin problems related to pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Chrissy Teigen, absolute beaut, posted about her facial rash that appeared after giving birth back in 2016.
When our hormone levels drop, the skin’s natural barrier can become weaker, allowing irritants and pollutants in. This can lead to the rash that Chrissy, and many of you, suffered or are suffering.
For the same reasons, our postpartum skin can become ultra sensitive to the things that we’ve never been sensitive to before.
So, it's important to get our skincare right, so that we can keep our focus on recovering from the birth of our child, and getting used to being a new mum. But more about skincare in a moment…
Will My Skin Change When I’m Breastfeeding?
Any changes that you experience in your skin after you’ve given birth will settle down, but if you’re breastfeeding, it can take longer to feel like you’ve taken back control over your skin.
Breastfeeding itself causes our hormones to go a little haywire, and you may notice that your skin doesn’t return to normal until a few months after you’ve stopped nursing.
Sore and cracked nipples aside, the skin on our face can also become more acne prone or oily, causing blocked pores and irritated skin. It can be tempting to reach for the medicated skin creams and acne treatments, but some cannot be used whilst you’re breastfeeding so always check.
What’s Safe to Use on My Skin When I’m Breastfeeding?
All the skincare products that you were using during your pregnancy are perfectly safe to continue using if you’re now breastfeeding.
You may find that due to all the reasons we’ve outlined above, that your skin has different needs now that you’ve had your baby and you’re busy nursing your little one.
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There’s no fancy 12 step regime or anything complicated about our products. So if you’re busy adjusting to life as a new mum, you can take skincare worries out of the equation. Simply cleanse and moisturise, and add in a toner and a weekly face mask if you want to.
What’s Definitely Not Safe to Use on My Skin When I’m Breastfeeding?
Similarly, all the skincare products and ingredients that aren’t advised for use during pregnancy, are also best avoided when you’re breastfeeding.
This is because some skincare ingredients can be absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream and cross the placenta when you’re pregnant. They can also be transported into your breast milk, and some of these ingredients can be dangerous for a young baby.
Skincare products containing retinol, retinoids, certain antibiotics and Isotretinoin are all unsuitable for use when you’re breastfeeding. If you have a skin condition such as acne that’s becoming problematic, then speak to your midwife or GP before using any skincare products or treatments that you’re unsure about.
The Best Postpartum Skincare
Whatever normal skin means for you, we promise that eventually all of your hormonal ups and downs and all of the emotional and skin ups and downs this causes, will end. Everything will balance out and your skin will feel like your own again.
Check out our range of skin loving skincare products. They’re suitable for all skin types, at whatever life stage you’re at, and truly do make a significant difference to the health and appearance of your skin.
Finally, congratulations on your new little family member! Sometimes, we just need some time to breathe, snuggle and forget about our skin and all the other concerns for a while. So enjoy, you’ve 100% got this.
This article is not meant to treat or diagnose. Please visit your doctor for advice about any health concerns you may have.