Among all the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, you may never have heard about skin changes. Most of them will go away after you give birth, but they can still be concerning. You probably would like to know how you can prevent them or deal with them. Dermatology can help. Navigating pregnancy related skin changes: benefits of dermatology.
The Pregnancy Glow
You’re glowing! Many women hear when they are pregnant. It is actually true and one of the pregnancy-related skin changes many women develop. It happens because you are pumping more blood (for 2) and your hormones are active. It gives you a brighter look with oil glands working in overdrive.
Unfortunately it won’t last once you give birth. For now, just bask in the glow and enjoy it.
Those pesky hormones may also bring out acne like a teenager. Cleanse your face morning and night with a gentle fragrance-free cleaner. Do not use any products that contain oil or you will only exacerbate the problem. Look for gentle hypoallergenic products to avoid more irritation.
Eek, you think. On average most women gain about 30 pounds during pregnancy. Your skin must accommodate for the growing baby inside. You will be among 90% of women who will develop stretch marks on their abdomen and breasts.
Try lotions, massage, and Vitamin E, but comfort yourself in knowing they will fade after giving birth.
Do not use retinol as it can harm the baby.
This is also known as the mask of pregnancy. They are dark spots mostly on the forehead and cheeks due to increased pigmentation during pregnancy. Apply sunscreen every day with at least SPF 30 whenever you are outside. Wear a hat to protect your face from the sun.
These spots are not cancer, but they can look very similar to skin cancer. Contact Goodless Dermatology and make an appointment to get a clear diagnosis and relieve your mind.
Many pregnant women have never had varicose veins before. They are bluish veins that become visible on your legs due to the increased blood flow. If there is a family history of varicose veins, you are more at risk to develop them.
You can reduce the symptoms of these painful and uncomfortable varicose veins by doing the following:
- Don’t stand or sit for long periods of time
- Walking helps to pump the blood back to your heart
- Prop up your feet when sitting
- Wear compression stockings
- Take Vitamin C
- Avoid excessive weight gain
Dry Itchy Skin
Alleviate your dry itchy abdomen by keeping it moisturized. Calamine lotion can also give you some relief. An oatmeal bath is also soothing.
These annoying extra patches of loose skin can occur during pregnancy mostly under the arms and breasts. They will probably go away after you give birth, but if not, see Dr. Goodless for easy removal if they are problematic.
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Keep the lines of communication open with a dermatologist throughout your pregnancy. Anything skin condition that is troublesome can be addressed quickly, and the advice will not only be helpful, but it will assuage and calm any worries.