How to deal with skin issues and rashes during pregnancy

Hello, you mom-to-be,

Wow, you are radiating with joy and excitement.

Becoming a mother is every woman’s dream. Luckily most of the woman pass through the pregnancy successfully and come out stronger and beautiful than ever before.

Some woman accepts bodily changes that pregnancy brings along. But skin problems are hard to handle it could be strange rashes on pregnant belly, stretch marks or teenage-like acne.

Hey! Please go easy on your skin.

So now, that you are pregnant, you might get pregnancy rash on hands, chest or anywhere on your body easily due to hormonal changes. The perfumed lotion you have been using may irritate your skin and can make you nauseated.

Skin rashes during pregnancy are very common because of biological and chemical changes in your body.

Usual skincare regime will not suffice the purpose. Choose your skin care products very carefully, also check with your physician as certain treatments and cosmetics are not allowed during this period. Consulting will make it easier for you to understand and select right products. You can switch to unscented products; opt for products with natural ingredients rather than chemicals. Avoid using exfoliates and body scrub and replace them with soft-textured cloth or loofah.

You need to be extremely careful with pre-existing conditions like acne, eczema, fungal infections as they can get worse during this period.

Don’t worry!

Here we will discuss some of the most common skin rashes or problems women encounter during pregnancy—and the solutions to keep them away.

Sun Sensitivity During Pregnancy

Bronzed and sun-kissed complexion is obviously not the “pregnancy glow” a woman want. So you better stay away from the sun during pregnancy.

Your rushing gushing hormones may leave dark patches known as Melasma (sometimes referred as Mask of Pregnancy) which are caused by often sun exposure.

Sun Sensitivity During Pregnancy

What can you do about it?

It’s time for you to take out your umbrella or big floppy hat. And use sunblock containing SPF. Not just on the face but till the neck and beyond to avoid pregnancy rash on the chest or other parts exposed to sun rays. Also, make sure the one you are using is made from mineral blocks. Avoid using ones with avobenzone, oxybenzone, and homosalate as the use of these can irritate your skin.

Acne During Pregnancy

Acne is the most common skin problem in every age group. But in pregnant women, sebum and all the shed skin cells encourage bacteria to grow and create inflammation of acne. It can be mild, severe or moderate and can break out during any phase of pregnancy. Acne may last for entire pregnancy or come and go. Use natural or mild soap to ensure oil-free skin as much as possible.

Acne During Pregnancy

What can you do about it?

Remember you cannot use un-prescribed medicines to eradicate acne during pregnancy as they may result in birth defects for your baby. Medicines like Retin-A, tetracycline, and Accutane, are big NO NO.

Please don’t I repeat DO NOT squeeze and touch pimples, it leaves skin rashes during pregnancy. Use of tea-tree oil or oatmeal based scrubs is advised to block oily skin in such cases.

Itch and Dryness During Pregnancy

Itchiness on the skin is common during pregnancy. Normally, you will feel itchy around the breasts, or experience some red rashes on your pregnant belly, during pregnancy this skin condition is caused by increased estrogen.

Itch and Dryness During Pregnancy

What can you do about it?

Since you are expecting, increase your water consumption,

Yes! Drink plenty of water.

Try running a humidifier in your bedroom during the night; this will allow your body to hold as much moisture as possible. Use a gentle moisturizer or lotion

Skin Tags During Pregnancy

Skin tags are not so common but appear in the last few months of pregnancy. They are flaps of tissue that hang off skin supported by a stalk. They are not harmful to you or your baby.

Skin Tags are formed due to weight gain in pregnancy that leads to the friction of the skin and hormonal activity.

skin tags during pregnancy

What can you do about it?

Apply tea-tree oil or lemon juice on the skin tags, and they will reduce gradually. You can also go for dermatological procedures or get the skin tag freeze with the consultation of your doctor.

Stretch Marks In Pregnancy

Stretch marks are striations in white, pink, purple or red that appears on your belly.

Of course, during pregnancy, your baby takes an exponential growth, and this stretches your skin, so every mom-to-be is at risk of getting stretch marks.

Stretch Marks In Pregnancy

What can you do about it?

You can do your best to fade them away by and thoroughly moisturizing and gently exfoliate your belly, stomach, boobs, thighs, and hips. Natural remedies include gentle massage by using olive oil, lemon juice or vitamin E Oil.

You can also seek advice from your doctor for Topical retinoid therapy.

Discoloration In Pregnancy

Most common of all, yes 70% of women suffer discoloration during pregnancy. So relax you are not alone.At times the moles or freckles get bigger, you will find some new moles being formed on your skin. You will also observe areola and nipples getting darker in the later stage of pregnancy. If you are uncomfortable and observe something unusual check with your doctor immediately and seek medical help that is possible and safe for you at that time.

Discoloration In Pregnancy

What can you do about it?

Avoid sun exposure and keep yourself covered. Wear sunscreen with no or fewer chemicals.

Consult your doctor immediately if you face any unusual skin condition.

Pregnancy is a beautiful phase of woman’s life. A mom-to-be dream and plan motherhood. Don’t let such problems takeover your joy and excitement of being a Mommy-to-be. Most of the skin conditions are temporary and do disappear gradually with time after delivery.

A balanced diet, meditation, and some moderate exercise are the keys to keep you healthy and feel strong during the pregnancy.

Prepare with zeal for the arrival of your bundle of joy forget about these temporary minor issues.

Stay healthy and be safe!

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