Some women find their skin improves during pregnancy
while others acquire a number of skin-related problems.
Here are some of the more common pregnancy skin complaints:
Mask of pregnancy (chloasma):
Some women experience a darkening of the skin on their
face because of increased levels of estrogen and progesterone
which produce more melanin (skin pigment). It is a
butterfly-shaped darkened area that extends around
the eyes and across the nose and cheeks. Be sure to
use a sunblock with at least an SPF of 15 when you
are outdoors to protect your skin which can be worsened
by exposure to sunlight.
Ninety percent of women experience some form of skin
pigmentation. The darkening occurs on the nipples
or areola (the area around the nipples), on the perineum
and on the line that runs from the navel to the pubic
bone (the linea nigra).
Changes to moles:
Some find their moles darken or grow bigger. Note:
because these changes can also be indicative of cancer,
it is advisable to check with your doctor.
Red and itchy palms and soles:
Some women find their palms and soles tend to itch
a lot. These can be relieved greatly by applying a
Some women develop skin tags - small loose growths
of skin under the arms or breasts. These are painless
and usually disappear after your baby arrives. If
they persist, you can have them removed through laser
Some women experience a heat rash. The best way to
deal with this is to apply corn starch instead of
perfumed talc or baby powders on the affected areas
after bathing and to keep the skin cool and dry.
Some women experience a skin break out. In severe
situations, the skin breaks out on the back, chest,
shoulders, and all over the sides of the face, forehead
and chin. The skin remains pimply throughout pregnancy,
quite contrary to those who experience the much lauded
maternal glow of pregnancy.