Autumn Brought Pumpkin, Crisp Mornings, and Acne??
I can smell the fall coming a few days away. The crisp air, orange leaves, and cozy vibes fill my cup. I love it.
But, with this shift, there’s a change in our skin too. Have you noticed?
As the summer glow fades you may notice a few more spots, breakouts, and darker melasma.
It’s quite common to see more hyperpigmentation AKA dark spots, and breakouts this time of the year.
The culprits? Hormonal fluctuations, stress, and… wait for it… sun exposure.
Hormonal Influences: Hormonal fluctuations play a pivotal role in the appearance of acne and hyperpigmentation. Pregnancy, postpartum changes, and menstrual cycles can trigger hormonal imbalances that lead to acne flare-ups. These hormonal shifts often cause an increase in sebum production, which can clog pores and create an ideal environment for acne-causing bacteria to thrive.
Stress and Anxiety: Another significant factor contributing to acne, particularly cystic acne, is heightened stress and anxiety levels. The connection between stress and skin health is well-established, with stress triggering the release of hormones that can stimulate sebum production and inflammation in the skin. This, in turn, can lead to the development of painful and deep-seated cystic acne.
Hyperpigmentation and Scarring: Unfortunately, acne doesn't just cause immediate physical discomfort; it can also leave lasting marks on the skin. Hyperpigmentation and scarring often follow the resolution of acne lesions. Hyperpigmentation occurs due to the overproduction of melanin, resulting in dark spots on the skin's surface. Scarring can develop when inflammation damages the deeper layers of the skin, leaving behind permanent indentations or raised areas.
Sun Exposure and Darkening of Pigment: Summer is a time of increased sun exposure, which can have both positive and negative effects on the skin. While some sunlight is essential for vitamin D production and overall well-being, excessive sun exposure can exacerbate skin issues. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to the darkening of existing pigment in the skin, making hyperpigmentation more noticeable. Moreover, UV rays can worsen inflammation and slow down the skin's natural healing process, increasing the risk of scarring.
So what should you do??
Here is a Post Summer Skincare Plan!
To mitigate the effects of post-summer acne and hyperpigmentation, it's important to establish a consistent skincare routine. Focus on gentle cleansing to remove excess oil and impurities without stripping the skin's natural moisture. Incorporate products containing Bakuchiol to increase skin cell renewal, brightening ingredients like strawberry and kiwi, and Vitamin B3 (niacinamide), which can help manage acne and promote even skin tone.
Remember that Bakuchiol will release clogged pores which results in a temporary purging effect.. once this is complete you will enjoy more clear, smooth skin.
Naturally, improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation and acne with these two vital products:
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**Also Important is Sun Protection: A vital aspect of post-summer skin care is sun protection. Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 can shield the skin from harmful UV rays, preventing further darkening of existing hyperpigmentation and minimizing the risk of scarring. If you are pregnant, make sure you look for a mineral sunscreen.
I hope this plan gives you some comfort and helps you feel incredible in your skin this fall season.
First pregnancies can be scary and the fear of birth paralyzing.
Instead of taking action, you’re overwhelmed. You can only hope that your healthcare provider will make the best decisions for you.
I wish I’d been better prepared but I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I felt like birth was just one of those miserable experiences women have to push through and endure.
Now that I’m in my third trimester expecting my second baby, I’m choosing to embrace birth with intention.
What I’m doing differently this time around:
Choosing a Natural Birth:
This felt scary at first, but I want a redemptive and peaceful birth. One where I have the autonomy to move my body into positions that support my baby’s efforts to enter the world.
Instead of letting fear take over, I’m absorbing as much information as possible. I’ve consulted with my midwife to craft my ideal birth plan. I’m also watching birth videos to get more comfortable with the experience.
I’m seeing a chiropractor to help me align my hips and back to help make the birth experience be more comfortable. I made sure to look for a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster technique to help ensure my baby is in optimal position for labor.
Pelvic Floor Specialist:
My pelvic floor specialist and I are preparing my body for birth. We’re doing exercises to learn how to relax certain muscles during delivery, strengthen my pelvic floor, and improve my postpartum recovery.
Postpartum Skin Care Products:
This time I’m not using the postpartum skin care products provided by the hospital. I didn’t know better the first time. I didn’t realize how many questionable ingredients were in those products that did nothing to support my healing process. Instead, I’ll be using my own products like the Boob Balm, Herbal Relief Body Mist, Lavender Soaking Salts, and Revitalize Postpartum Cream which I believe are the best postpartum skincare products. All of them can be found in my Postpartum Care Package.
I combine the stretching technique with the Baby Cheeks Barrier Oil to reduce my chances of tearing. The oils help the skin to become more elastic and the stretching helps the skin become more flexible. It also teaches you to release tension during intensity and allow your body to expand.
I’m incorporating strength workouts to reduce the aches and pains I felt during my first pregnancy. By working out at least twice a week I have almost completely eliminated back pain, sciatic pain, and abdominal pinching. I have been doing the Bodi Barre Prenatal workouts and absolutely love them!!
Pregnancy hormones like Relaxin cause the skin to be less firm and often lead to stretch marks and cellulite. I have been strengthening my skin’s elasticity throughout pregnancy with our postpartum belly cream: the Revitalize Postpartum Cream. It contains Lupin extract that produces type I Collagen and increases skin elasticity and firmness. I have no stretch marks. The cellulite on my legs that I had at the beginning of my pregnancy has all but disappeared.
Strengthening My Faith:
Even though I’m doing everything in my power to prepare my body and mind for birth, there is still a whisper of fear in me. I’m strengthening my connection with God to replace that fear with faith. Believing in the knowledge that I was built for birth and that I can trust in Him for strength.
Preparing and planning for birth has felt like an extra full-time job. But, I feel so excited.
I hope this empowers you to decide and take charge of your baby’s birth and motherhood journey.
I'd love to hear what you've been doing to prepare for your birth? Comment below!