Pregnancy can play havoc with your skin, with many women complaining of acne, rosacea, dryness and, of course, stretch marks.
Swollen ankles, tiredness and havoc with your hormones are all anticipated during pregnancy, but your skin can also experience changes. Many women complain of sensitive skin, redness, itching, stretch marks and even acne. With so much going on inside your body it’s no surprise that you skin can suffer, so we’ve spoken to some experts about the issues.
It has been claimed that more than half of all pregnant women get stretch marks during pregnancy. While some ladies swear by rubbing hydrating oils and creams on their tummies, butt and thighs, other studies have claimed they are hereditary and therefore unavoidable. Stretch marks are caused by small tears in the connective tissue supporting your skin, and usually occur in the latter stages of pregnancy.
“Keep your belly well hydrated as it grows,” dermatologist Dr Howard Murad told Cover Media. “Look for a lotion that contains shea butter and Vitamin E to help provide hydration, and Vitamin C to help enhance skin’s elasticity. Also, keep your weight in check by gaining the healthy amount recommended by your doctor and try to avoid sudden weight gains.”
This skin condition is common during pregnancy, and can be blamed on shifting hormones as well as sun exposure. Typically it appears as discoloration on certain areas of the face and is known as the ‘pregnancy mask’. “Oestrogen and progesterone interact with sunlight giving pigmentation on the skin,” Dr Adam Friedmann, consultant dermatologist at The Harley Street Dermatology Clinic, told Cover Media. “It is typically found on the cheeks, nose, lips and forehead.”
Using SPF and wearing a broad rim hat or baseball cap can reduce the effects of melasma by protecting your skin from sun exposure. Beauty products containing Vitamin C may also help to break down pigmentation, while exfoliators with lactic or glycolic acid can gently lighten skin. Fade Out Extra Care Cream has SPF 25 and may help to brighten and even skin tone.