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Post Partum Hair and Skin

Postpartum hair and skin.

The creation of life has many changes on a woman's body. Hormones begin to fluctuate after birth, a woman's body goes through many changes that affect the health of the skin and also growth and loss of hair.


What is Postpartum skin?

Postpartum skin refers to the changes to a woman's skin after the birth of a baby. Skin is the largest organ in the body, it must morphe and stretch to accommodate for a newborn. Many issues can arise from pregnancy due to hormonal swings,vascular and glandular changes. The structure of the skin can also be affected.


What effects do hormones have on the skin?

Postpartum hormones can have a major impact on the skin. Skin changes may include acne, oiliness, dry and flaky skin and pigmentation. The sebaceous gland can go into overdrive causing excess oil production which can lead to blocked pores resulting in acne breakouts. Dryness is also common which can be a result of postpartum thyroiditis. Postpartum thyroiditis is a condition that causes inflammation in the thyroid gland, this dryness can make skin feel tight and also can make skin look flaky. Pigment is also common, most common occurring is melasma which is hormonally driven pigment.


How can we treat the skin postpartum?

O cosmedics signature facials is a starting point for postpartum mothers. Our signature facial can help us address the main concern and also gives us an idea as to how to treat the skin in the future. Treatments such as our microdermabrasion can be a great way to remove dead skin cells and to increase circulation. We would also suggest our peels which can address oil and pigmentation. LED light therapy can also aid postpartum pigment, inflammation and blemishes. Skin needling works wonders on pregnancy pigment such as melasma. Needling can also help rejuvenate and tighten the skin not only on the face but it can also be used to treat stretch marks and lax skin anywhere on the body.


How can hair be affected postpartum?

During pregnancy hair becomes rather strong. Hormones stop the hair from shedding and can also promote hair growth. But after pregnancy hormones progesterone and oestrogen levels change leading to hair loss known as Telogen effluvium. The hair now reverts from the growing phase to the resting phase. Womens can lose up to 100 hairs per day postpartum.


Treatment for postpartum hair loss?

Postpartum hair loss can last from anywhere 3-6 months. Most of the time hair will grow back on its own but in some cases it may take longer. In the salon we can provide Skin needling to the scalp of thinning or slow growing hair. Needling causes microtrauma to the skin, this aids wound healing which helps to stimulate and regenerate the health of the hair follicle.





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