Top 8 Myths About Pregnancy Skin Care and Stretch Mark Treatments

Pregnancy is hard on the skin. As women's bodies and hormone levels change through pregnancy, they might experience acne, oily skin and dry skin in addition to the inevitable stretch marks. Fortunately, various skin care products can help. Skin care products made specifically for pregnant women contain mostly natural ingredients, light fragrances and moisturizing properties to keep he skin elastic and vibrant. That said, not all of these products are created equal, and there's a lot of misinformation about what makes a good product. Read on for the top eight myths about pregnancy skin care and stretch mark treatments.

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MYTH: Pregnant women should avoid skin care products.

Skin care products ranging from facial cleansers to stretch mark creams can help women maintain youthful, healthy skin through the duration of their pregnancies. This is important because of the damage that can happen to healthy skin over the course of pregnancy.

MYTH: It's not important for skin care products for pregnancy women to have natural ingredients.

Women who are pregnant often have more irritable skin than usual. Skin care products with natural ingredients are less likely to irritate skin than chemical-based products. This is why natural ingredients matter.

MYTH: There's no point in using stretch mark creams if they don't completely work.

Most stretch mark creams are gentle and soothing with soft, invigorating fragrances. Even if you still have noticeable stretch marks -- and most pregnant women do -- you'll still enjoy the moisturizing and soothing properties of your skin care products.

MYTH: Retinoid-based products aren't effective with stretch marks.

Retinoid products are been shown to be effective when Retinoid is paired with other agents, such as gylcolic acid. These products are useful for women who are planning to get chemical peels at their doctors' offices.

MYTH: Acne products are unnecessary for pregnant women.

Pregnancy chances the balances of women's hormone levels, and hormonal changes are the leading causes of acne. Women who use gentle facial cleansers each day significantly reduce their chances of acne.

MYTH: Peptides are proven to boost collagen and restore skin elasticity.

Although many women swear by peptide-based pregnancy products, there is little scientific evidence to substantiate these products' claims.

MYTH: Vitamins don't make a difference with stretch marks.

Vitamins have been shown to boost collagen production. When vitamin-based stretch mark creams are used early on in pregnancy, they can make a significant difference in the severity of stretch marks later on.

MYTH: Skin care products for pregnant women aren't safe for babies.

Many of these products are perfectly fine for mothers and their babies. In fact, some expectant mothers use certain baby oils to prevent severe stretch marks, and then they use the same products on their children when they're born.