Skincare During Pregnancy: Addressing Acne, Dry Skin and Melasma

Pregnancy is a sacred time, filled with both excitement and overwhelm. It’s a time that many change their habits to support a healthy pregnancy and delivery. 

The list of things mamas-to-be think about as they begin their pregnancy journey is long - and many start to work more natural products into their daily lives, including what they put on their skin each day. However, pregnancy is a time of changing hormones and with that often comes new skin concerns - acne, dryness, melasma, etc. - so using products that are effective is important.

Using all-natural, hormone-supportive skincare options is key during these precious nine months. Honua products contain some star ingredients when it comes to the most common pregnancy skin problems and needs. 

  1. Acne - acne tends to pop up for many during pregnancy amidst all of the hormonal changes, as well as the toll the first trimester can take on some, making it easier to skip that night-time or morning routine you’ve always been so religious about. When it comes to acne, our Hibiscus Beauty Booster packs a powerful punch of hydration, which can help ease acne. Olena Beauty Oil is another very hydrating product containing turmeric, which aids in calming inflammation that can cause an acne flare. Finally, our ‘Aina Invigorating Face Mask draws out impurities and improves circulation, which can help to ease acne as well. 
  1. Dry Skin - Water retention and higher blood volume can lead to drier skin. One thing to examine is your cleanser - many contain harsh surfactants and salicylic acid (a potential ingredient to avoid during pregnancy) which can lead to the skin barrier being stripped of the natural oils it needs to stay hydrated.  Pa'akai Cleansing Cream uses gentle Hawaiian Sea Salt and spirulina and is a good option to work into your morning and evening routine.
  1. Melasma - Often called the “Mask of Pregnancy,” melasma can cause dark spots on the face. Strategies to combat melasma include using an SPF or hat while in the sun and working vitamin C into your skin regimen. Mineral sunscreen is often recommended during pregnancy as many chemical sunscreen ingredients such as avobenzone and oxybenzone, which can be endocrine disruptors, interfere with hormones, and can also have negative effects on coral reefs and marine life. Malu Day Cream SPF 30 is a great option for those looking for a mineral sunscreen that is also reef safe. For melasma, Noni fruit is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, containing skin-soothing, lightening and healing properties effective in preventing and treating melasma. You’ll find the potent noni plant in our Aloha Youth Serum and 'Ōlena Beauty Oil

Want help with your skincare choices? Contact us on Facebook or send us an email at aloha@honuaskincare.


Written by Maggie Chini (Honua fan and mama-to-be)
Photo by Suhyeon Choi on Unsplash

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