Along with pregnancy comes many different changes to a woman’s body, the most visible being those to her skin. Due to many factors, including fluctuations in hormone levels, a woman can experience an increase in skin oil production, redness and rashes, acne and stretch marks.
LiveMD has all of the information on what to expect and how to properly care for your skin when you are expecting.
Pregnancy and Acne
When a woman becomes pregnant, hormone levels rise which causes an increase in the amount of oil that the skin produces. Often women are said to have a certain “glow” when they are expecting and this can be due to the shine that this excess oil leaves on the skin. Too much oil, however, can begin to clog pores and cause acne to develop. This problem can be alleviated by washing your face regularly with a mild cleanser and patting it dry. Avoid using any medicated products and check with your doctor before applying any topical remedies.
Rashes and Irritation
Due to the hormonal changes of pregnancy a woman’s skin can become much more sensitive than usual. Redness, allergies, itching and rashes are common occurrences. They may come and go and the cause of them may remain unknown. If you do know what has caused the irritation it is best to stay away from it. If you are experiencing a rash or allergy a consultation with your doctor is the best course of action. They will be able to prescribe the appropriate therapy for your specific condition.
Stretch marks are thin, red or brown lines that appear on the skin. They are a result of the skin stretching too quickly and are commonly found on the stomach, hips, thighs and breasts. The majority of pregnant women will experience stretch marks and although they are not completely avoidable, rubbing a vitamin E cream on the skin and avoiding rapid weight gain may help to decrease their severity. These marks will diminish after birth and will turn to a thin, pink or silver line.
Many women will experience a dark line that runs up the center of their stomach, called a linea nigra. This dark area of pigmentation occurs when the stomach muscles begin to slightly separate to allow the womb to expand and accommodate the growing baby. This line will usually fade within a few weeks of delivery.
Again, because of hormonal changes in the body, a pregnant woman may experience changes in colour of her skin. Areas like the nipples may become darker or brown or white patches may appear on the face and neck. This condition is called chloasma or the “mask of pregnancy”. Exposure to the sun will make this condition worse and therefore sunscreen should always be used and time in the sun should be limited.
Any skin discolorations should disappear in a few months after pregnancy.
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