Skin Care during pregnancy: Dealing with pregnancy stretch marks, pigmentation, rash and itching

Skin care during pregnancy

Everyone talks about the “pregnant glow”. Sorry to disappoint you, ladies. It doesn’t happen to all women. In fact, a lot of women report never-before-faced problems like dry skin and acne. Your body goes through a lot of hormonal changes during pregnancy and that could affect the skin, hair, and even your nails. Read on for more on skin care during pregnancy.

Skin problems during pregnancy

Find the lowdown on what you could expect skin wise when you are expecting

  • Acne during pregnancy

Yes, you heard that right! In fact your acne from your teens could come back with a vengeance. You could even break out on their face, chest, or back. But there’s no reason to panic and your skin is most likely to clear up after delivery. Cleanse your skin daily with a cleanser that contains alpha-hydroxy acid. This will ensure that breakouts are kept to a minimum.

  • Pigmentation during pregnancy:

This is also called melasma, or the mask of pregnancy and it occurs when the sun-exposed skin exposed to the sun on the cheeks, forehead, and mouth turns a brownish tan color because of the deposit of excess pigment. When done regularly, exfoliation can help lighten discolorations. Apply a sunscreen rated at least SPF 25, every day, without exception!

  • Stretch Marks during pregnancy:

Stretch marks are caused by the skin becoming abnormally stretched and expanded for a period of time as with your belly that is accommodating a whole new person. They seem to be genetic as some women are prone to them and others aren’t. Special stretch mark fighting creams are available in the marker. Massaging your skin with these or a non-fragrant plant oil (like olive oil) can help it become more flexible and reduce the possibility of stretch marks.

  • Rosacea During Pregnancy:

Rosacea is a pimple like rash that can cause itching during pregnancy. In some cases rosacea could also cause a stinging sensation and soreness of the eyes and may also occur on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Topical metronidazole is considered safe for use during pregnancy. A gentle sunscreen with titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide is usually prescribed for those with rosacea and is considered safe. For more information on pregnancy related rash click here

Skin care during pregnancy: solutions considered safe

  • Benzoyl Peroxide is an excellent chemical to fight blemishes and is considered safe in low concentrations (5% or less). It is a common ingredient in anti-acne creams.
  • Salicylic acid is an excellent exfoliant for skin but ok only in small percentages used in skin care (2% or lower). It is a common ingredient in face washes.
  • Daily sunscreen use is strongly encouraged by dermatologists to protect against UV skin damage.

Avoid prescription retinoids (e.g., Retin-A, Tazorac, Renova, Differin) and OTC ointments with retinol due to its association with retinoids.

Most importantly, you can certainly take good care of your skin during pregnancy, and that's all you need to know. Read more on itching during to stretching of the abdomen during pregnancy here