How Pregnancy Affects Your Skin
Along with all of the other changes your body is experiencing during pregnancy, your skin might experience some drastic variations. Most women notice skin changes on their face, which can be frustrating for cosmetic reasons. Some women experience permanent skin changes, while other skin irregularities only last for the duration of the pregnancy. Skin changes can even vary with each pregnancy. Here are some common skin variations you may experience and how to remedy them:
Unfortunately, stretch marks are one of the most common side effects of pregnancy, especially if someone in your family experienced stretch marks. Though many women have learned to embrace them as a mark of motherhood, there are preventative methods and post-pregnancy methods you can take to potentially reduce their appearance. Before and during pregnancy, be sure to stay moisturize with Vitamin E, shea butter or collagen. After pregnancy, especially if you had any drastic weight fluctuations, a Laser Rejuvenation treatment can help firm up loose skin and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Oily Skin & Acne Issues
Many women experience breakouts during menstrual cycles because of hormones, and the same is true for during pregnancy. Extra hormones in your body can cause more oil to be produced, which can clog your pores and cause acne. During pregnancy, clean your face with a gentle facial cleanser such as Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser and moisturize with a restorative cream such as CeraVe. After pregnancy, a microdermabrasion treatment is a great way to rejuvenate your skin’s texture, tone, and pores.
Spider and Varicose Veins
Because your body produces extra blood during pregnancy, sometimes your veins will respond to the extra pressure with varicose or spider veins. Varicose veins are essentially “swollen” that can bulge under your skin and cause pain. Spider veins are also a common side effect from pregnancy and most often appear on the face, neck, décolletage and arms. There are several methods you can choose from that will reduce pain and appearance of varicose and spider veins:
- Avoid standing for long periods of time
- Prop your feet up while sitting
- Take Vitamin C supplements
- Wear support stockings
If you notice that your veins have not returned to a normal appearance a few months after pregnancy, consider Laser Vein Therapy to help reduce or completely erase the appearance of spider and varicose veins.
Also known as the “mask of pregnancy,” or melasma, increased hormones can cause dark pigmentation in the skin. Using sunscreen and staying out of direct sunlight (wear a hat or stay in the shade) can help reduce and sometimes prevent your skin from these dark splotches. Post-pregnancy, a laser resurfacing treatment can help reduce or repair these pigmentation irregularities.
Itching or Rashes
If your skin is unusually inflamed or blistered, you should talk to your OBGYN or midwife. Though uncommon, it could be a sign of Obstetric Cholestasis: a condition of the liver that can cause bile to build up in your body, rather than be delivered to your intestines. This condition can affect you and your baby is a number of different ways, so it is best if you contact your doctor for testing.
Many of these skin conditions will remedy on their own, so be patient and wait a month or two after pregnancy to decide on any treatments. Talk to the skin experts at Image ReNu about any other skin issues, and they can help you come up with a solution customized for your skin. Always talk to your OBGYN or general practitioner before undergoing any medical spa treatments while pregnant.