Debunking Postpartum Myths: Dermatologists Reveal Truths About Skin and Hair Care

Bringing a baby into the world is an amazing experience filled with happiness and changes, both in your body and emotions. However, new moms often encounter myths and misunderstandings about how to care for their skin and hair after childbirth, amid all the excitement of pregnancy and the joy of welcoming their newborn.

Keeping this in mind, Dr. Charu Sharma, Co-founder and Director of Dermatology at Cureskin unveils the truths behind common postpartum myths, providing essential guidance and practical tips to support new mothers in nurturing their skin and hair throughout this transformative phase.

Myth: “Hair Loss Stops After Giving Birth”

Truth: Postpartum hair loss, termed telogen effluvium, often occurs a few months after delivery due to hormonal fluctuations. This shedding phase is temporary and typically resolves within a year. Proper hair care can help minimize its impact.Effective hair care is essential for minimising its impact.

Myth: “Exercising Postpartum Worsens Skin Conditions”

Truth: Exercise is beneficial postpartum, but sweat and friction can exacerbate certain skin conditions like acne or eczema if proper hygiene isn’t maintained. Showering promptly after exercise,right skincare and wearing breathable fabrics can help prevent flare-ups.

Myth: “Avoid Sunscreen During Pregnancy”

Truth: Sunscreen is crucial during pregnancy as hormonal changes can make the skin more susceptible to sun damage. Opt for sunscreens with safe ingredients which are not harsh for use during and post pregnancy.

Myth: “Stay Away from Chemical Products After Giving Birth”

Truth: Not all chemical products are harmful postpartum; many are safe for use. It’s important to steer clear of harsh chemicals like parabens and phthalates, but not all chemical products need to be avoided.

Myth: “Avoid Coloring Hair During Pregnancy”

Truth: While some caution against hair colouring during pregnancy due to potential chemical exposure, many studies have shown that minimal absorption of hair dye chemicals occurs through the skin. Opt for ammonia-free and low-chemical hair dyes, and consider waiting until the second trimester when the risk is lower.

Keep in mind to consult your doctor before believing in postpartum myths. With accurate information, new mothers can confidently care for their skin and hair during this transformative time. Wishing all new mothers the best of luck on their postpartum journey!

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