Pregnancy Related Skin Conditions to Look Out For
During Pregnancy, hormonal changes can affect the skin, leading to various skin conditions. It is important to be aware of the possible conditions that could arise during this stage in order to successfully identify and treat the condition. This blog post will be walking you through the most common pregnancy-related skin conditions to look out for!
Stretch Marks (Striae Gravidarum)
Stretch marks are common during pregnancy, especially in areas like the abdomen, breasts, thighs and buttocks. They occur due to the stretching of the skin as the body grows to accommodate the developing baby! While stretch marks cannot be completely prevented, keeping the skin well-hydrated with moisturizers and maintaining a healthy weight can help minimize their appearance.
Melasma is characterized by brown or grayish patches that commonly appear on the face, particularly on the forehead, cheeks and upper lip. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can trigger an increase in pigment production, leading to these patches. Protecting the skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen and using sun-protective clothing, along with gentle exfoliation and the use of topical creams recommended by a dermatologist, can help manage melasma.
Pregnancy hormones can cause changes in oil production, leading to the development or worsening of acne. Some women may experience breakouts during pregnancy. It’s important to maintain a gentle skincare routine, avoiding harsh or irritating products and consulting with a dermatologist to identify safe and effective treatments during pregnancy.
Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPP)
PUPPP is a common skin condition during pregnancy, characterized by itchy, red, raised bumps and patched that typically develop on the abdomen. It can spread to other areas of the body. While the exact cause is unknown, it is believed to be associated with rapid stretching of the skin. Applying soothing and moisturizing creams, taking cool baths and wearing loose-fitting clothing can help alleviate the symptoms. Consultation with a healthcare professional is recommended for proper diagnosis and management.
Increased blood flow and hormonal changes can contribute to the appearance of spider veins, which are small, dilated blood vessels near the skin’s surface. They commonly appear on the legs but can occur in other areas as well. Regular exercise, elevating the legs when possible, and wearing support stockings can help manage spider veins. Consult with a healthcare professional for appropriate management options during pregnancy.
If you experience any persistent or severe skin conditions during pregnancy, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or dermatologist for proper diagnosis and guidance. They can provide specific recommendations and treatments that are safe for pregnancy. However, for the most part, if you are aware of the possible conditions that could arise and are following some of the recommended steps listed above you should be completely fine!