Skin Care during Pregnancy

Updated at: Feb 07, 2013
Skin Care during Pregnancy

Skin Care during Pregnancy: During pregnancy, skin care is very important as hormonal levels change and they can produce a wide variety of changes in the skin. At the same time a few women experience a lot of skin problems including acne. So if y

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PregnancyWritten by: Editorial TeamPublished at: May 02, 2011

Skin Care during Pregnancy

We all have heard about the special “glow” a pregnancy has on women. However, pregnancy might not be a glowing experience for all women as the hormonal activity in the body and pregnancy related symptoms take a toll on a woman’s skin and beauty. Morning sickness and fatigue can wear out a pregnant woman’s enthusiasm for grooming and skin care. While not all the changes happening in your body can be helped but a self-care routine and our handy beauty tips can be useful. Most of the changes happening during pregnancy are only temporary and they disappear after childbirth. Learn to gracefully accept the changes and love it, after all it is for the special bundle of joy!


Acne during pregnancy

Hormonal fluctuations and elevated levels of pregnancy hormones have a role to play in eruptions happening on your skin during pregnancy. The sebaceous glands may go on an overdrive triggering increased oil production and eventually there are eruptions all over your skin. Acne during pregnancy may erupt at various stages and may eventually go after delivery while sometimes lingering on after childbirth.


Dealing with Acne

You cannot prevent the problem of acne but can reduce the severity and reoccurrence by following certain tips:


At home

  • Changing your creams and moisturizers to oil free or water based ones.
  • A gentle cleanser or face wash should be used twice in a day.
  • Use a small grain scrub to gently exfoliate oily skin.
  • Never pop or prick on a pimple, it is not a solution to the problem instead can lead to infection or scarring.
  • Use makeup meant for oily skin which are generally water-based.
  • Remember to remove your makeup with a cleanser before retiring to bed.


Choose over-the-counter medications with caution as certain chemicals in the medications are not safe during pregnancy. It is better to consult your doctor before you use any medicated solutions. Use natural products as much as possible and follow everyday beauty regimen.


Stretch marks during pregnancy

Stretch marks appear on the abdomen area, thighs and breasts during pregnancy as the body expands and stretches to accommodate a developing fetus. When the dermis (the middle layer of the skin responsible for elasticity and strength) undergoes constant stretching, it ruptures in various places and leads to formation of stretch marks. They appear as pink in colour and later become glossy white in colour; stretch marks never fade away completely.



Many creams and lotions promise to treat stretch marks; there is no concrete proof of it though. Cocoa butter and vitamin E can help only to an extent in lightening the stretch marks. Creams containing glycolic acid are helpful too. Laser treatments can help in the treatment of stretch marks after delivery. During pregnancy, make sure you gain weight gradually and do not put on more than the desired weight. Keep your body well moisturized at all times of pregnancy.


Itchy skin and Rashes during Pregnancy

Itchy skin during pregnancy happens due to the body’s hormonal changes and also as the skin constantly stretches and expands to accommodate the growing baby. Excessive itching can lead to formation of rashes on the affected area.  Also as there is an increase in the hormone estrogen, many women complain of red and itchy inflammation on the soles of the feet and palms. Having a dry skin type can make the situation worse while sometimes allergy and skin disorders like eczema are to be blamed.

At Home Solutions

  •  Avoid hot water baths instead use lukewarm water.
  •  Use mild soaps and body gels so they do not strip essential oils from the skin.
  •  Use a heavy duty moisturizer. Take care while using perfumed products as they may irritate skin.
  •  Wear loose, cotton clothing to prevent further skin irritation.

In some rare cases, itching in the stomach area can be pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP); it is indicated by red, itchy bumps. They are seen first on the abdomen but later can spread on the thighs, breasts and buttocks. PUPPP is not harmful either for the mother or for the baby though it can be quite irritating. In case of any skin irritation, it is better if one consults a doctor so as to rule out any potential health conditions. Very rarely, itchy skin eruptions in a pregnant woman can mean pemphigoid gestationis and another condition called intrahepatic cholestatsis which can harm the growth and development of the fetus.


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