There are many reasons to love Chrissy Teigen, and her honesty and transparency on social media probably top the list. In true Chrissy Teigen form, she shared a makeup-free selfie this past Wednesday on Snapchat, showing red blotches on her usually clear face.
The new mom, who gave birth to her first child just two weeks ago, captioned the candid photo, “Goodbye pregnancy glow. Hi itchy red spots.” It was drastically different from Chrissy’s previous postpregnancy, makeup-free selfie — in which she debuted her daughter, Luna — where her skin was luminous and blemish-free. See the image for yourself:
Even models have bad skin days. (Image courtesy of Snapchat/Chrissy Teigen)
Considering that our bodies go all out of whack during pregnancy, causing red blotches and breakouts (among other side effects!), we can only assume that Chrissy’s hormones are still trying to right themselves postpregnancy. We spoke with Marnie B. Nussbaum, M.D., a board certified dermatologist and chief medical spokesperson for Sebamed, regarding the effect pregnancy has on the skin and the best ways to treat it. "Many women suffer from blemishes during pregnancy due to hormonal changes,“ Dr. Nussbaum explains. "Be sure to cleanse your skin gently twice a day to help prevent blemishes. A great over-the-counter regimen to treat acne is Sebamed’s Clear Face Cleansing Foam ($20), as the mild wash cleanses pores while naturally conditioning stressed skin and regenerating the skin’s natural protective barrier.”
Dr. Nussbaum also confirms that skin discoloration is common and mostly unavoidable after pregnancy, due to hormones. Blotchiness and hypersensitivity are especially frequent, so if you’re suffering from skin issues that are more like red splotches (similar to Chrissy’s), opt for calming skincare products, rather than ones for blemish control. A few of our favorites are Paula’s Choice Calm Redness Relief Cleanser ($17) and Avene Antirougeurs Day Redness Relief Soothing Cream SPF 25 ($36) to reduce redness and soothe sensitive skin.