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Growing belly aside, pregnancy can come with a host of new changes to your body — including your skin.
How does your skin change when pregnant? Here are the differences you might notice throughout a pregnancy and the best ways to address them.
If you're pregnant and your skin has seen better days, this is par for the course. Hormonal shifts in the body while pregnant can increase your chances for skin issues at this time — like dryness, oiliness, itchiness, sensitivity, stretch marks and discoloration — while others may experience a clear, glowing complexion. Some solutions are as simple as switching up your skincare products, while others take patience and may only resolve after the pregnancy.
A compromised skin barrier is most likely the cause of itchy skin during pregnancy. The skin on your belly can become itchy as it stretches along with your growing baby. To stay comfortable, keep your skin moisturized and opt for products designed to soothe the skin.
Seeing tiny red lines on your face? These are most likely broken blood vessels (also referred to as spider veins or thread veins) and are another common skin change that hormonal shifts can encourage during pregnancy. These marks tend to show up on areas of the skin that is thinner, such as under the eyes and on the upper areas of the cheeks. They can also appear on the body in other areas like the neck, chest, stomach and legs. Spider veins often fade on their own within several months after delivery. While they are typically easy to cover with makeup, you can ask your doctor about treatments to reduce the appearance of broken veins.
You should always consult with your obstetrician or dermatologist before using any skincare products while pregnant. Generally, over-the-counter ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are generally considered safe for use during pregnancy in limited amounts. Check with your doctor first before using any products, and avoid tretinoin (Retin-A ®) while pregnant, which can be harmful.
An increase in blood volume and hormonal shifts can lead to varicose veins while pregnant. While you may not get varicose veins at all during your pregnancy, getting off your feet, elevating your legs and wearing compression stockings can stop this concern from becoming worse once it develops. If you have concerns over varicose veins, speak with your doctor.
Those benign tags of skin that crop up, often where your clothes frequently rub against your skin, are more common during pregnancy due to an increase in hormones. Sometimes skin tags go away on their own; you can also have them removed by your doctor.