Pregnancy and Your Skin

01 Dec Pregnancy and Your Skin

Pregnancy creates a multitude of changes at all levels, both emotional and, of course, physical.  It should come as no surprise that pregnancy hormones can create changes in the appearance of your skin, as well. 

One of the most common skin changes is pregnancy induced melasma.  This sounds more serious than it is.  Due to the increase in progesterone and estrogen, the skin will appear to have brown or yellowish patches, particularly around the eyes, the forehead and the bridge of the nose.  It will appear almost as though you are wearing a mask.  The increase in hormones effects the melanin cells and should fade away post- natal.  One way to lessen the appearance of these brown patches is to try and avoid intense sunlight. 

With all the hormonal changes, your skin may become more prone to acne and notice more breakouts, especially during the first trimester.  Be sure to stay away from abrasive scrubs or exfoliants.  You may even do that anyway, but your skin is extra sensitive during this time.

You will want to continue with your normal skincare routine.  Check the products that you are using and make sure that there aren’t any harmful chemicals to the baby.  Two ingredients to avoid are Retinoids and Salicylic Acid.