What kind of skin changes can you expect during pregnancy, and what can you do about the ones you don't like?
Pregnancy hormones and the hormones of puberty may not seem to have much in common but you can expect a few pimples or even all-out acne during pregnancy. The sebum in your skin may work over-hours when you are expecting. Not every mom to be suffers from acne, but it is not an uncommon problem. Pregnancy acne will definitely go away after you give birth and your hormones return to normal. Few women want to put up with a spotty face for nine months, though. Managing acne during pregnancy will require some experimenting. You could start with washing your face with a gentle soap twice a daily, and using a non-oily antibacterial face cream. There are many acne medications around, both over the counter and prescription. Beware, as most are not proven to be safe during pregnancy and some are actually very dangerous. Talk to your doctor in detail before using any acne medication.
Somewhere around the second trimester, some women notices that their skin is changing color but not everywhere. Darker and often blotchy looking patches can appear around your cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. They may appear in all those areas, or selectively. There is no cure for the pregnancy mask, but minimizing sun exposure reduces the chances you will develop it. A good foundation will hide the mask away, if that is what you want. The pregnancy mask, also known as chloasma, can actually be quite beautiful!
Dry skin during pregnancy
Pregnancy acne may be a common skin complaint during pregnancy, but so is dry skin. Some women find that their skin is suddenly devoid of any moisture! To remedy this, start off by drinking plenty of water. Then experiment to find a face cream that really works for you. I have dry skin when I am pregnant, and have figured that a cream for the mature skin works best. For the best results, you will need a day cream and a night cream. Keep in mind that too much soap can also dry your skin out, which is why we said it may help with pregnancy acne.
That pregnancy glow
The pregnancy glow so many magazines talk about does exist, but it is not as common as we may like to think. The pregnancy glow is caused by the fact that your blood volume increases significantly during pregnancy. This shows in your facial skin, and you may look a little bit a wax statue. Enjoy the glow if you do get it; it will not last long.
Linea negra and other weird skin changes
Your facial skin is not the only bit of skin affected by your pregnancy. The abdominal version of the pregnancy mask is called the linea negra, and it is just that a dark line on the belly. This line will run from your belly button downward, and is likely to arrive at some point during the second trimester. The linea negra is a pigmentation issue, and something similar is likely to be happening to your breasts. The areola, the area immediately surrounding your nipples, may well turn dark as your body prepares to breastfeed. Spider angiomas are little broken blood vessels that look a little bit like a spider under your skin.
Stretch marks are perhaps the most dreaded skin change during pregnancy. These dark lines occur as the skin stretches rapidly and an inner layer of the skin bursts. Stretch marks are hated for a reason although they tend to fade with time, they never go away and serve as a permanent reminder of your pregnancy. Moisturizing the outer layer of your skin thoroughly has been shown to have some success. There are no guarantees that you will not get stretch marks despite vigorous moisturizing, but the good news is that you really do get used to them.