The “pregnancy glow” is a term that is often used to describe the appearance of expectant mothers. And while scientists have determined that this very real change is caused by an increase in certain hormones during pregnancy, it is not the only change that occurs to the skin during this time. Other, less desirable changes occur as well. These changes can serve to frustrate an expectant mother’s attempts to maintain her beauty routine. Here are some of the most common skin changes that occur at this time.
- Stretch Marks: By far, the development of stretch marks is the most common type of skin change that occurs in pregnant women. In fact, it is estimated that 90% of women will develop stretch marks during pregnancy that are the result of the pulling of skin as it adjusts to the gain in weight. Staying hydrated, using skin nourishing serum or our stretch mark cream can help mitigate some of the effects of this condition.
- Acne: This embarrassing skin condition can be significantly worsened during pregnancy. According to Bruce E. Katz, MD, medical director of the Juva Skin and Laser Center, outbreaks commonly occur on a woman’s face, chest or back.
- Melasma (or the mask of pregnancy): This condition is caused by the release of extra estrogen and progesterone in response to the pregnancy. The excess buildup of these hormones triggers the body’s melanocytes to produce dark spots on the skin. The use of sunscreen is recommended by many dermatologists to help prevent existing patches from getting darker.
- Rashes: Also known as Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP), rashes are not uncommon during the first trimester of pregnancy. These bumps, hives and patches usually occur on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, breasts and arms of pregnant women. Many dermatologists recommend the use of anti-itching topical medications and antihistamines to alleviate the itching that is associated with this condition.
- Spider Angiomas: Due to the weight gain experienced by pregnant women, pressure in the veins increases causing the blood vessels to enlarge. This often leaves a red, spiderlike mark on the skin. Because there is no topical cream to alleviate this condition some skin experts recommend the use of a concealer to hide this mark.
The takeaway is that as every woman who is pregnant or has ever been pregnant knows, pregnancy is a time of great change. As these changes occur to the body it is best to know how to be adaptable. Many of our products can help you control the appearance of many of these changes. Keeping the skin clean by using an enzyme exfoliator body scrub will also help.