Different women have different kinds of skin changes during pregnancy. At our practice, we want to make sure you understand the various changes that occur so that you can be better prepared during your pregnancy.
Not every pregnant woman will experience all the same skin changes, but your dermatologist in is available to help you to better understand some of the changes that occur during your pregnancy.
Below is a list of skin changes that are common during pregnancy:
- Acne – if you have a problem with acne already, your acne may become more irritated during pregnancy due to the extra hormones.
- Stretch marks - these are one of the most talked about skin changes that occur during pregnancy, with almost 90% of pregnant women experiencing stretch marks.
- Mask of pregnancy – this is also referred to as melasma and chlosma. Melasma causes dark splotchy spots to appear on your face as a result of increased pigmentation. Nearly 50% of pregnant women show some signs of the 'mask of pregnancy.'
- Pregnancy glow – during pregnancy, your body produces 50% more blood, which results in more blood circulation through your body. Your body is also producing a fair amount of hormones that cause your oil glands to work in over drive, leaving your face shiny.
- Varicose veins – these are bulky bluish veins that usually appear on the legs during pregnancy. This happens because your body is compensating for the extra blood flow that is going to your baby. While varicose veins typically will run in your family, there are ways you can prevent or decrease the symptoms.
- Spider veins – these are reddish tiny blood vessels that branch outward. Spider veins are also caused by the increase in blood circulation and will usually appear on the face, neck, upper chest and arms.
- Dry itchy abdomen – As your beautiful belly grows, your skin begins to stretch and tighten, which causes very uncomfortable dryness and itching.
- Linea nigra – this is the dark line that runs from your navel to your pelvic bone, appearing in 3/4 of all pregnancies.
Contact your dermatologist for more information on changes in your skin during pregnancy. While you are pregnant, please visit us for further information on how to properly care for your skin during your pregnancy.
Scrubbing toilets and doing laundry may not be everyone’s favorite household activities, but for some of us, cleaning the house is irritating—literally. Many of the products we keep in our homes to clean and eliminate germs can be rough on our skin. Even gentle cleansers can dry and irritate your skin if you are sensitive to them or overuse them.
Sensitive skin that has been exposed to cleaning products can develop a red, swollen, itchy rash that your dermatologist refers to as contact dermatitis. There is no cure for housework, but if you can identify and avoid the cleaning chemicals that inflame your skin, it can at least reduce your irritation when you have to do it.
Some of the common culprits that irritate your skin may include:
- Clothes: Wool and polyester both commonly irritate skin, especially in people with sensitive skin.
- Dry air: Air conditioning and heat both reduce humidity in your home, which can cause dry air to suck moisture out of your skin.
- Fabric softener: It can make your laundry smell and feel great, but for some people fabric softener can irritate the skin, causing dryness, itching or a rash.
- Harsh soaps: Soaps can strip away the lipid layer that protects your skin and keeps it moist, which can result in irritation and dryness. Added fragrance in soaps can further irritate your skin.
- Hot water: We all love hot showers, but you might want to tone it down to warm. Hot water is extremely hard on our skin and dries it out.
- Pets: An allergy to cats or dogs can cause dry, itchy skin, among other symptoms.
- Scented products: The fragrance in fabric softener might be an obvious irritant, but scents that are not as strong can also cause dryness. These products might include body washes and perfumes.
If you are unsure of what is triggering your skin irritation, contact your dermatologist for further testing. Your dermatologist will be able to help you target your specific irritant so that you can successfully avoid this common household irritant.
Find out whether your moles are healthy or may need to be removed.
Moles are common skin growths that most people have at least one of, if not a few. While those with fairer skin may sport more moles than someone with darker skin, it’s important that if you do have moles that you can continue to monitor them regularly for any changes. Our East Greenwich, RI, dermatologists, Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione, are here to tell you the telltale warning signs that may mean it’s time to have that mole removed.
Most of the moles that we have on our bodies appeared during childhood or our teen years. Moles come in a variety of different sizes and colors. Of course, if you are starting to notice any changes to a mole this could be an early warning sign of melanoma, a very serious type of skin cancer that can be life-threatening if left untreated.
You should schedule a consultation with our East Greenwich skin doctor if you have:
- An asymmetrical mole (if you were to draw a line down the middle of mole, both sides would be symmetrical in size and shape, if they aren’t this could be an early warning sign)
- A mole that contains several different colors
- A mole that itches, bleeds or scabs over or becomes raised
- A mole that has a fuzzy, poorly defined border
- A mole that is larger than the eraser end of a pencil
Everyone from children to adults should come in once a year to get a full skin cancer screening. While you should certainly be examining your skin on your own and checking moles once a month this thorough professional evaluation will ensure that if there is melanoma present that it’s detected and treated right away.
Of course, not all moles are cancerous but patients just find them unsightly or a nuisance. If you have a mole that makes you feel uncomfortable to bear your arms in the summer or you have a mole on your face, then you may just want to have it removed to improve your appearance. Luckily, a mole can easily be removed right here in our office. While you should never try and remove a mole at home, our dermatologists can easily perform a simple surgical procedure to remove the mole and stitch up the area. A mole can often be removed in just one visit.
If in doubt, call South County Dermatology in East Greenwich, RI, to find out if you need to have a mole removed. No matter whether you are noticing any changes to the mole or it’s in a less-than-ideal spot, we can help.
Your skin is your armor—it protects you against injury and infection. Typically, people tend to concentrate on caring for their face because it is what is most noticeable to others. However, it is important to care for skin below the neck as well. Proper skin care varies by body part, as some areas have thinner, more sensitive skin than others. Your dermatologist in provides you with the information you need to properly care for your skin.
While shopping for skin care products at the pharmacy or beauty store, it may be difficult to decide what products to use on your skin. Your dermatologist offers you helpful tips in caring for the skin on each part of your body, including your:
- Face – The best way to prevent dry skin on your face is to moisturize.
- Lips – Since your lips retain less moisture than other parts of your body, they tend to dry out more quickly, which means it is important to maintain moisture by using balm several times a day.
- Hands – Your hands bare the brunt of the seasons more than any other part of your body. It is important to pay attention to your hands by applying moisturizer—especially during the flu season when we tend to wash our hands more vigorously than normal.
- Feet – Use a thick moisturizer daily on your feet to maintain moisture and keep your feet softer.
- Scalp – In order to keep your scalp from drying, wash your hair once a day with a mild shampoo and do not use water that is too hot.
- Body – Try washing your body with a moisturizing cleanser. If you have sensitive skin look for skin care products that cater to your individual skin needs.
Visit your dermatologist today, for more information on how to properly care for your skin year round. Whether your skin is normal, oily or sensitive, there is a skin care treatment just for you.
Proper skin cleansing is crucial for oily skin sufferers. Oily skin is the result of overactive sebaceous glands, which lie just beneath the surface of your skin and are responsible for sebum production. With excessive sebum, your skin can be left looking and feeling like a greasy oil slick, which can cause physical discomfort and embarrassment. Too much oil can also lead to clogged pores and acne. Your dermatologist can help you create the best skin care regimen for your oily skin.
What product should you cleanse with? The one that's right for you! Make sure to opt for a cleanser which doesn't dry out your skin too much. Your skin shouldn't be squeaky clean when you finish washing, as this actually means you've stripped all the protective oils from your skin which are so important to keep it moisturized and prevent irritation. Even as someone with oily skin, it's important not to remove all oil from your face.
Gentle cleansers are recommended for most people. Also, keep in mind that most dermatologists recommend washing once or twice a day - always washing once at night to remove the day's makeup, dirt and excess oil. You can also wash in the morning if you prefer, but keep in mind that overwashing can irritate sensitive skin.
Exfoliation gets rid of the dead surface layer of skin that clogs pores and causes the skin to become dull and greasy. Many people skip exfoliation in their weekly skincare routine, but it is important not to. There are many different ways to exfoliate your skin, such as a washcloth or a scrub. By exfoliating, you are removing any sign of dead skin, which allows for a healthier, more vibrant appearance.
Yes, even oily skin needs moisturizing. All skin types need moisture, and oily skin is no different. Your skin will become less prone to oiliness when it has the proper moisture balance. Choose a light, fragrance-free noncomedogenic moisturizer and apply daily after cleansing.
Visit your dermatologist for further treatment options for your oily skin. With proper skincare, you can protect your skin and help manage your oily skin.
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