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.