“You’re glowing!” is one of the things you might expect to hear when you’re expecting. But the physiological changes that generate the pregnancy glow can also wreak havoc on your complexion. Like the rest of your body, your skin will experience changes along the journey to childbirth. Here are some of the most common skin problems during pregnancy – and what you can do about them.
Just as changing hormone levels can lead to breakouts during your menstrual cycle, elevated progesterone levels causes your skin to produce more oil. As a result, many women experience breakouts and even acne during pregnancy.
In a frustrating paradox, many acne products are unsafe to use during pregnancy. Check with your doctor before you try anything, but a gentle, oil-free cleanser is a good place to start.
While some moms-to-be break out, others develop dry, itchy skin. Unfortunately for your pregnant bladder, you’ll need to up your daily intake of water with baby on board. You can also keep a humidifier on while you sleep for added hydration, and use a gentle lotion or moisturizer.
Now that you’re pregnant, your skin may respond differently to your normal skincare routine. You may find you’re more sensitive to things like scrubbing and fragrances, so be gentle on your pregnant skin. Try unscented, natural products and skip the scrubs.
Often referred to as the ‘pregnancy mask’, melasma is a very common – and harmless – skin condition, with up to 70% of pregnant women developing the tell-tale brownish blotches on their forehead, cheeks or upper lip. This discoloration is typically triggered by sun exposure, so cover up before heading outside and talk with your doctor to find a pregnancy-safe sunscreen.
Your baby is growing rapidly, and sometimes your skin has a hard time keeping up, which can result in stretch marks. Not everyone will get them, and for most who do, stretch marks are determined by genetics. But you can try to head them off with gentle exfoliation and a deep moisturizer. There are lots of products available, but it’s important to remember there’s no magic cure. Besides, stretch marks are a beautiful reminder of this amazing journey!
Please note that advice offered by Intimina may not be relevant to your individual case. For specific concerns regarding your health, always consult your physician or other licensed medical practitioners.