Currently expecting a baby? Whether you’re currently pregnant or planning to get pregnant in the near future, having a solid understanding of the skin care changes to expect during pregnancy can save you a lot of frustration. While pregnant your body is going to be going through a LOT of changes, hormonal changes at that. And as a woman we know we don’t need to tell you how hormones can affect your skin. We want to help you keep your skin in check as much as possible so you can feel great throughout your pregnancy, so we’re sharing some of the common changes to expect to keep you in the know.
We hate to bring it up because we know you’ve probably thought about this already. Stretch marks are one of the most dreaded skin care changes women experience during pregnancy, and they’re also one of the most common. Regardless of WHY so many women experience stretch marks during pregnancy, if you find that you begin to notice them appearing on your body it’s suggested to apply vitamin E in topical form to the areas. Vitamin E is said to help minimize the appearance and spreading of stretch marks on the body during pregnancy.
Another incredibly common skin care change women experience during pregnancy is melasma. Melasma is essentially when areas of the skin becomes darker than normal. The darkening of the skin can appear anywhere on the body, from the commonly seen stripe down the front of the stomach to the area of skin around the nipples and anywhere else. This has been found to be a major change caused by hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy. It’s said that one of the most important things to focus on during pregnancy to avoid melasma from getting worse is to be incredibly serious about your SPF routine. Also, using serum and brightening skin care products can be beneficial when added to your skin care routine for treating this but it’s important to ask your doctor before doing so, to ensure that they’re safe.
Experiencing an increase in acne breakouts during pregnancy is pretty common, as a woman you’ve likely experienced hormonal breakouts in your skin a time or two in your life. Since your body is going through such a change hormonally during this time, it’s not a surprise that acne can become increased. While it’s important, like we mentioned above, that you’re not using any treatment products for acne unless you’ve talked to your doctor using oil free skin care products can help. You’ll likely want to make some adjustments to your skin care products with oil free formulas, and formulas that are designed to help reduce the oil production in the skin.
While these are common, it doesn’t mean that all products for every skin change is safe for use while pregnant-which is why it’s essential that you consult with your doctor.