Is your skin constantly changing during pregnancy?
Pregnancy is such an exciting time in your life and for those around you. It can also be a confusing time when your body and skin are constantly changing and you’re not sure how to manage these changes. Most changes are due to your fluctuating hormones flowing throughout your body.
Never-fear, once bub has arrived earth-side, it is most likely that your skin changes will revert back to how they were pre-pregnancy or at least subside if they were already causing you issues prior to being pregnant.
Probably the most common change to your skin during pregnancy is stretch marks (striae distensae). Stretch marks during pregnancy is due to your skin being stretched by your growing baby and changing body shape. You’ll find stretch marks anywhere from your belly, breasts, thighs and back.
The aim of the game is to ensure that you are using a good quality moisturiser or oil to help keep your skin well hydrated during this period. Genetics will also play a part in how susceptible you are to getting stretch marks. Some women are fortunate enough to not get any stretch marks during pregnancy, while other women can suffer dark and uncomfortable marks across multiple body areas.
Another unpleasant skin condition that can be experienced while pregnant is an increase in acne. It’s important when pregnant to steer clear of acne products that contain retinol/vitamin A as they have been linked to adverse effects for your unborn baby.
Acne develops when sebum (the oily substance that lubricates your skin) and dead skin cells block follicles. A great go-to if you're looking for acne skincare during pregnancy is our Blemish Treatment. The gentle gel-based treatment is packed with natural acne fighting ingredients. Enriched with white willow bark known for is natural effectiveness without stripping the skin. The active ingredients work to dissolve dead skin cells and kill off unwanted surface bacteria.
Pigmentation (Hyperpigmentation & Melasma)
Pigmentation, this can be in the form of hyperpigmentation or melasma. Hyperpigmentation is when your skin darkens during pregnancy as a result of your changing hormones. You can find hyperpigmentation in multiple areas on your body including, nipples, neck, chest and stomach (the dark line you see on your growing bump called Linea Nigra).
Melasma is generally more noticeable in the second half of pregnancy and is when you experience small dark brown discoloured patches on your face. A great serum to treat pigmentation is our Brightening Vitamin C serum. Enriched with Kakadu Plum, it has a higher concentration of Vitamin C than any other source, the serum quickly penetrates your skin to tackle the hyperpigmentation and reduce dark spots. It has been formulated to support the natural production of collagen and provides an instant hydration boost.
It is also important to remember that you apply a good quality SPF 50+ during pregnancy as this will help to reduce the development of melasma.
Another one to look out for while pregnant is rosacea. Rosacea is a condition that can cause redness and often small, red, pus-filled bumps on your face. Often found on your chin, cheeks, nose or forehead and is more commonly found in women with fair skin.
Rosacea can often be mistaken for acne or other skin conditions. It’s important to treat rosacea, if left untreated it can worsen over time. Your dermatologist may prescribe a course of antibiotics or anti-acne medication to try to reduce the symptoms.
If any skin conditions are concerning you during your pregnancy, ensure you reach out to your doctor or dermatologist for a thorough examination.