Skin Care in Pregnancy

Being pregnant is definitely a blessing for any woman and may be one of the most awaited moments in one’s life too.

Pregnancy comes with a lot of different experiences, joys, and questions. Pregnant women are always worried about what to do and what should be avoided?

But when it comes to pregnancy problems some of them can be totally annoying especially when talking about skin.

What Are Skin Problems During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is not easy to handle whether emotionally or physically. Sudden changes can overwhelm you. Your body is changing rapid and fast and thanks to hormones that can make things worst too. But if handled properly, many of pregnancy issues are generally harmless and disappear soon after pregnancy is over.

Specifically talking about skin problems during pregnancy some of the skin problems during pregnancy could be

  • Acne
  • Dark patches
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Stretch marks
  • Dry skin
  • Rashes

1. Acne and Pimples:

Due to increased hormones during pregnancy, there can be breakouts on your skin. The problem happens with every six to seven women out of 10. So it is definitely not a new thing.

Acne during pregnancy usually appears in your second trimester. Just like in your teens when you were worried about acne, you may become sensitive in pregnancy too.

But you should not worry about acne in pregnancy as in most of the cases it disappears right after you give birth to a baby and hormone levels go back to normal.

Medication for acne during pregnancy is highly discouraged because most of the creams contain Ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid that can get absorbed into the bloodstream, so they’re not worth the risk.

Simply try to keep yourself clean. Do not touch or press on pimples. This may cause a mark to remain to stay forever. Wash your face gently with water twice a day.

2. Dark Patches and Uneven Skin Tone:

Hormonal irregularities can literally cause to darken your skin so much that it is called “mask of pregnancy”. Increased melatonin in the skin can cause darkness and it may appear in form of patches. Direct exposure to sunlight can trigger the situation.

Bad luck is that you cannot do anything about it. Soon after pregnancy is over your skin will be back to normal. So simply hide uneven skin tone with a good amount of makeup to look pretty in a get-together and parties. And try to hide your face and head when going out in sun.

Also, use umbrella and sunglasses to avoid uneven patches and tans.

3. Dry Skin and Rashes

While talking about pregnancy you are actually dealing with two in one. Increased body weight makes your body fluid requirement, more than normal. Due to the feeling of fullness in the tummy and increased urine urge, pregnant ladies usually drink less than needed. This can cause the skin to dry out.

Dehydration during pregnancy is not a good thing, in fact, it can be deadly so always try to stay hydrated. Keep your water bottle with you while going out and increase your fluid intake.

Dry skin can cause itchiness and inflammation also. Itching on dry skin can cause rashes.

Simply apply a good lotion or moisturizer on dry skin and stay hydrated as much as possible.

If you get too much itchy skin consult your doctor as it may cause the liver problem in the baby.

4. Scars and Stretch Marks

Your tummy grows fast during pregnancy. Rapidly growing skin cells can effect on the elasticity of skin and cause off-color hues on skin. These stretch marks are usually unavoidable during pregnancy but can be reduced by little care. Although many laser and other treatments claim to treat them but are ineffective actually.

Apply a good moisturizer or lotion on these scars regularly. Most of them will disappear after pregnancy and the remaining ones can be lightened by moisturizing your skin but cannot be removed permanently.

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