Pregnancy isn’t always the wonderful time that many people believe it is. Not all women feel amazing, but instead feel nauseous and achy. Not all women get that “glow,” but instead experience all kinds of skin problems that may or may not go away after the pregnancy is over. Some treatments can help during pregnancy, but some will only produce results over time.
Here are a few of the top pregnancy-related skin conditions and how to treat them:
Known as the “mask of pregnancy,” this condition produces a brownish tint to the skin on the face. It can be limited to a small patch or can spread over the whole face. Like many other skin problems during pregnancy, melasma is related to hormonal changes. However, you can improve the condition by using lightening creams on the face during and after pregnancy to help speed its disappearance. Just make sure that any creams you use are approved during pregnancy as some may contain chemicals that could be harmful to an unborn baby.
Just when you thought you were done with acne, it rears its ugly head again in pregnancy. Just like when you were a teenager, this is hormonal acne. You can treat it with acne products, tea tree oil masks and cleansers, and a good moisturizing routine. Again, make sure the products are safe to use during pregnancy. Many acne products contain retinol, which has been linked to birth defects when used by pregnant women.
Stretch marks seem to be an inevitability for many pregnant women. However, they don’t have to be. Many women have reported success with daily moisturizing to help prevent and to treat stretch marks. A thick moisturizer is key to get maximum penetration in the skin.
You can’t prevent skin problems during pregnancy, but you can treat them. Over time, and with the right treatment, you’ll be back to your old self again.