Pregnancy tends to give your skin a “glow,” or so you always hear, right? Some women do have better skin during their pregnancy, while others experience horrible skin changes that can be hard to deal with. So consider yourself lucky if you have skin perfection, and if you are one who does not keep reading to find out what you can do to solve various skin issues.
What Skin Issues to Expect
Several different skin issues are likely to arise over the course of your pregnancy, and they are likely to be bothersome.
- Blotches and skin discoloration: Melasma is the natural darkening of the skin that occurs with pregnancy, due to the increased hormone production. It can create blotches and unevenness in your skin but is completely normal.
- Stretch marks: Stretch marks are generally not prevented, and they probably will never disappear, though they will fade with time. If you gain weight faster than your skin can grow to accommodate it, you will likely show up with stretch marks. Some women are genetically pre-disposed and are at higher risk for stretch marks.
- Acne flairs: The increased hormones (think of the way you break out before your period) will likely create a potential for severe acne. If not, consider yourself lucky!
- Itchy rashes: Just another “perk” of pregnancy. Treat with caution (see below)
Taking Proper Care of your Skin
Of course, using any products during products should be cleared with your doctor or clearly marked safe for use during pregnancy. If you are unsure or experiencing anything that is truly bothersome, you should most definitely consult your healthcare professional before taking any course of action.
To care for your acne, there are not too many topical treatments that are considered safe to use while you are pregnant. Just keep your face clean with gentle soap and water. If the acne gets out of control or develops into painful cysts, talk to your doctor about the best course of action to take. There is an oral medication that will help but will not be a magic cure. Anything derived from tetracycline should not be used during pregnancy as this can cause permanent discoloration of the baby’s teeth and potentially contribute to skeletal malformations.
Always use sunscreen that combats against both UVA and UVB rays, and start at 30 SPF at least. You need to protect yourself from sunburn now more than ever and will help with the skin discoloration.
For stretch marks, you’ll want to use cocoa or Shea butter to help the itch. Avoid scratching them! They will bleed and create scabs.
If you see any rashes you are unsure of, consult your doctor for the best course of action.
Tons of issues can arise with the skin, and you should take care whatever you can on your own while being sure to consult your doctor if there is anything unusual or you are unsure of safe products to use. Stay away from chemicals to remove hair, and avoid hair dye, too. You’ll make it through, we promise.