Pregnancy Glow- Not a Myth.

Are you one of those amazingly beautiful pregnant women, who love every second of being pregnant? Or are you more realistically one of those women, who really want to enjoy being pregnant, but are uncomfortable, sick and frankly exhausted?
 It’s not a case of bad luck or bad genes, there is actually a scientific reason behind that ‘pregnancy glow’ some are blessed with (and we are willing to bet that you are glowing outside, whether you feel it inside!).
Your actual glow?
“During pregnancy, blood volume expands, giving the skin a flushed look, similar to what you get after exercise,” explains Jennifer MacGregor, MD, a dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology, in New York City. “Your sweat gland activity also increases, leaving more secretions on the skin, which gives it a little bit of a sheen.”
The Clear Skin?
“Your hormones seem to balance out in such a way that it can take care of skin problems,” says Judith Hellman, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. “It’s why women often go on birth control pills to clear up acne — the pills actually mimic the hormonal state of pregnancy.”
Adding to the ‘glow’ your hair and nails flourish due to extended growing periods and pre-natal vitamins. Whether you feel like a house or loving every minute of your pregnancy- know that you are still glowing to everyone around you.
It’s a scientific fact. 
*Thank you to Everyday Health for some great facts.

Skin Care Precautions for Moms-to-Be

With Spring in the air it’s not only the flowers that are blooming…We are starting to see ducklings at the park, saplings on the trees, and baby bumps a plenty! While some moms-to-be have the all the luck of the maternal glow, the rest of us need some help. While looking at skin care products what should you AVOID during your routine while expecting?

Top of the list are products containing Retinoids.
Retinoids, a type of Vitamin A, are found in many moisturizers and are used to improve skin tone and reduce wrinkles. So far no evidence has been shown that topical use is harmful to a baby, but doctors are being extra cautious and advising to stop or limit the use while expecting due to the harmful effects of high doses of Vitamin A on babies in the womb.
Following suit is Salicylic Acid.
Salicylic acid is used mainly for treating acne (a big problem for many expecting mothers). High does in the oral form have been shown to cause birth defects and complications in pregnancy- again doctors choose to be extra cautious and suggest stopping or limiting it’s use while pregnant. One larger precaution is not to use facial peels containing Salicylic Acid as it gives the skin more time to soak in the solution- more absorption in the bloodstream.
Finally is Soy.
Yes you read that right… SOY! Most moms-to-be look for natural and healthy alternatives in diets and beauty products but soy isn’t the best go to. Expecting mothers who suffer from Melasma, also known as pregnancy mask, can actually get worse effects by using products with soy. Some products use soy which have the estrogenic components removed and this makes them safer to use. Check the ingredients carefully.

Basic rule, when expecting just take care of yourself! Pregnancy effects everyone different. If your usual products are too harsh for your mom-to-be self ask your dermatologists for some gentler options. Need a stronger, but safe, treatment for your pregnancy acne? Try using oil free makeup and lotions, and ask your doctor for safe treatment options. Germain RX has an anti-aging and acne line of Pregnancy SAFE products and we can help you set up a routine that is perfect for you.

Even though some women naturally have that glow- 
we can always help you fake it! 

Lighten Up! The skinny on Melasma

With summer rapidly approaching, it is important that residents of the Lowcountry protect themselves against skin conditions. While many people are aware of conditions such as melanoma, not many are aware of the more common condition known as melasma. 

Melasma is a common skin problem that causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face. It is common for most people to get it on their cheeks, the bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, or above their upper lip. In rare instances, it can appear on other parts of the body that gets lots of sun, such as the forearms and neck. Statistics show that women are much more likely to get melasma than men. In fact, it is so common during pregnancy that it is sometimes referred to as the “mask of pregnancy”. 

Studies have also shown that people with darker skin, such as those of Latin/Hispanic, North African, African-American, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern,  and Mediterranean descent are more likely to get melasma. It is not life threatening, however many people dislike the way melasma makes their skin look.
Lauren Before – patches of melasma
on forehead 
Lauren after – using Germain Rx Products
& utilizing laser procedures 

Common melasma triggers include:
Sun Exposure: Ultraviolent (UV) light from the sun can stimulate the melanocytes. In fact, just a small amount of sun exposure can make melasma return after fading, which is why melasma is often worse in the summer.  It is also why many people with melasma get it multiple times.
A change in hormones: Pregnant women often get melasma. When it appears in pregnant women, it is called or chloasma or the “mask of the pregnancy”. Birth control pills and hormone replacement medicine can also trigger melasma. 

Cosmetics: Skin care products that irritate the skin may worsen melasma.

If the melasma doesn’t fade, there are many treatment options available that we can offer. These include hydroquinone, topical medicines and laser procedures. 
Here’s some easy ways to manage melasma

* Wear sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat
* Use your medicine as directed 
* See Dr. Germain and her staff regularly.