Maternity Skin Care: Common Skin Changes to Expect During Pregnancy

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Being with child is certainly something to smile about. However, as the body prepares to carry a growing baby, you can experience a lot of different changes. Aside from the morning sickness, aches, and pains that the body sometimes experiences, there is also the possibility of changes in the skin. It is very common for expectant mothers to go from having glowing skin to dealing with common skin conditions including acne, skin tags, and other complications. While bodily changes can scare some expectant mothers, knowing what to expect can help you keep your cool and find a solution to treat the problem.

Below are just a few of the most common skin conditions you might experience during (or after) pregnancy.

1.  You’re Glowing

Some women actually experience more of a glow when they’re pregnant. It is easily noticeable and makes you feel good about your skin. The reason your face is essentially shining this way is because of an increase in blood volume. It in turn cases the skin to take on a blush look which is very attractive. The increase in secretions from the oil glands also gives the skin a waxy appearance. Of course this is likely not a skin change that you’d be opposed to, but it is to be expected.

2.  Chloasma (Pregnancy Mask)

Around the second trimester you might begin to notice more skin changes. The skin may appear yellow or brown in color and very patchy. This condition is known as cholasma and can appear anywhere on the face. Most often however, the changes are noticeable on the forehead, nose, chin, or cheeks. This is a result of the heightened level of estrogen which stimulates the melanin cells. The best way to treat this condition would be to moisturize your skin, and to limit your exposure to the sun which can stimulate the production of melanin.

3.  Acne

What happened to that flawless glowing skin? Well, as time goes on, you can experience acne during your pregnancy. While it is rarely a severe skin condition, you may need to invest in some skin care products to ensure you’re cleaning your pores on the daily basis. Most women report that the acne goes away after giving birth. In the meantime, you also want to avoid things such as using rough scrubs. Using milder scrubs infused with natural ingredients like oatmeal is a better option as it can help to de-clog the pores.

4.  Spider Veins

Pregnancy hormones coupled with an increase in blood flower can cause reddish or purple colored “spider web like” areas on the skin. They can pop up anywhere including on the face, legs, and other areas of the body. While there is no real remedy for this skin condition, using certain cover up makeup can help you feel a bit better about the matter. Most of the spider veins go away after giving birth, however, if you find that some of them do not go away, a dermatologist may be able to remove them for you.

5.  Skin Tags

Have you started to see small growths on your skin? If so, it may be a skin tag. Skin tags are tiny polyps that develop generally in areas where skin rubs together with clothing. Essentially it can be located on the folds of the neck, underneath the bra line, or even under the arms. Skin tags are essentially the cause of hyperactive growth of the skin. Often, they will disappear on their own after birth. However, if you’re looking for an immediate solution, consider purchasing some skin tag removal products. There are natural products that can be used anywhere on the body to help eliminate the appearance of these growths.

6.  Heat Rash

Last but certainly not least is the presence of a heat rash. While you would assume this is something your newborn would get, it can also happen to expectant mothers. Heat rashes are generally small tiny red bumps found around the body. It is the direct result of an overheated body, excessive sweating, and the friction of rubbing skin against clothing. It can be somewhat itchy and irritating at times. The best way to remedy this skin condition would be to stay cool and get rid of excess dampness by drying off, using high quality antiperspirant products, and avoid wearing tight fitting clothing that can cause friction.

This is just a few of the skin conditions you might experience during pregnancy. While some of them can be unattractive or irritating in nature, none of the above described conditions link to issues with you or your unborn child. Therefore, finding a few home remedies and taking preventative measures can help to keep these skin conditions at bay. Once you’ve delivered your bundle of joy, most if not all of these conditions should go away with time.

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