Pregnancy Skin Issues

Are you prepared to deal with the hormonally induced atrocities at the time of your pregnancy? Well, you better be. Very soon, the unglamorous side of pregnancy will hit you, which is often due to the hormones that will invariably create a havoc in your body at the time of pregnancy. Studies show that more than 50% of the women develop a ‘pregnancy mask’, darkening of pigmentation around the cheeks, mouth, and forehead. Some may even develop acne. And there is more.

Take a look at the following 5 most common skin issues that women generally face during pregnancy. The objective of this article is not to demoralize you, but to help you stay prepared.

1. Hyperpigmentation

Let’s start with hyperpigmentation. In other words, an appearance of dark spots or patches on the skin. Hyperpigmentation is a result of an increase in naturally occurring melanin.

One of the best examples of hyperpigmentation during pregnancy is melasma, which is often characterized by brown patches on forehead, mouth, nose, and cheeks.

Generally speaking, the hyperpigmented areas will often resolve soon after the baby is delivered. But, if the problem persists, it is better to consult a dermatologist.


2. Skin Tags

It is very common to see the development of skin tags during pregnancy. And usually these tags appear on the chest, back, neck, groin, and under the breasts.

The good news is, skin tags are only aesthetically unpleasant to the eyes. Sure, they do sometimes create discomfort. But, these tags are not of any medical concern.

3. Stretch Marks

Coming to think of it, the pregnancy is incomplete without the presence of stretch marks! Pregnant women from all diverse cultures experience stretch marks. Often the stretch marks appear on breasts, buttocks, thighs, and abdomen.

With stretch marks, it is difficult to completely get rid of them. Postpartum treatments are only effective in fading them, but not eliminating them. So, in all likelihood, there is nothing much one can do about stretch marks. But, if you still want to do something about them, then it is a good idea to apply natural oils such as tea tree oil or over-the-counter stretch mark oil.

Remember, these oils will only make your stretch marks fade, but not disappear completely.

4. Acne

Remember the kind of pimples you got back in high school? Sorry, moms-to-be, but it’s likely that you will have to encounter them again during your pregnancy.

By now, your hormones are all messed up, which means breakouts. Ensure that you haven’t used any acne product before consulting your doctor. Not all acne products are safe to use during pregnancy. This means, before you try out any acne product, check with your doctor. And of course, you can safely depend on natural oils such as tea tree oil to treat acne.

Moreover, follow a good hygiene routine during your pregnancy. Avoid touching, picking or squeezing your pimples. Use a mild cleanser to wash your face twice a day.

5. Rashes

Lastly, unlike other skin issues, if you’ve got red and itchy skin, then make sure you don’t ignore it. When a pregnant woman has itchy feet and hands, it could be a sign of cholestasis of pregnancy, a complication that cause cause liver problems for the baby. It is strongly advisable to discuss your rashes with a doctor.

There is another common pregnancy rash called Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP). The rashes, in this case, start in the abdomen and gradually spread to other parts of the body. PUPPP is harmless to the baby, but a pregnant woman can feel immense discomfort.

Ideally, regardless of the type of rash, it is always advisable to consult your doctor about any discomfort that it might create.

What Next?

During a pregnancy, there are several changes going on inside your body. And, therefore, these changes do get reflected outside. Changes in the circulation and immune system can have an effect on your skin.

In most cases, these changes in the skin will clear up on their own, once the baby is delivered. But, sometimes, some skin issues may stay with you even after the pregnancy is over. Always check with your doctor to know more about the changes reflected on your skin.