Congratulations on your exciting news! Pregnancy is an amazing time of great change in a woman’s body. While you’re busy building a tiny human inside your body, you will likely deal with some unpleasant side effects of pregnancy: morning sickness, gas and heartburn, or frequent urination. Still, these are things that women know to anticipate, but what surprises many women are the number of ways their skin changes —and I’m not just talking about that mama-to-be pregnant glow.
Below are 6 ways your skin may change during pregnancy:
1. Get Glowing
During pregnancy, your body produces about 50% more blood. This leads to greater circulation causing your skin to appear more luminous…but it can also lead to being shinier skin throughout the day.
If your skin appears more flushed and reddened, Redness Rescue Cream is the perfect skincare product to include in your daily routine. This cream helps to neutralize redness and soothe inflammation so that the skin tone looks calm and even.
2. Baby Bump Breakouts
New breakouts and acne are not uncommon, especially during the first trimester when hormones are surging to support the miracle of life. Unfortunately, you are prone to breakouts during your period, you may be more likely to develop acne in pregnancy.
While most conventional acne treatments like retinoids and salicylic acid are not safe in pregnancy, the Fitglow Beauty Age Clear line is ideal for those frustrating hormonal breakouts. The Detox Cleanser helps to reduce oil production from overactive sebaceous glands and removes debris from the skin.
3. Dark patches and blotches are not uncommon
During pregnancy, 50-75% women start to notice dark patches or blotches on their skin (i.e. melasma), most commonly on the cheeks, upper lip and forehead. Melasma appears due to a steep rise in estrogen levels causing an excess in melanin production. This also makes freckles and moles appear darker and you may also notice a dark line down the center of your abdomen. Unfortunately, sun exposure can make these dark patches worse.
To help fade hyperpigmentation and melasma, we recommend the Fitglow Beauty Vita Active line, which is rich in antioxidants that promote optimal cellular renewal and reduce the appearance of dark spots. Our most potent product in this line is the Vita Active Serum, which provides a synergistic blend of antioxidants including vitamin C, B3, glutathione, and CoQ10.
4. Stretch marks make an appearance
Unfortunately, almost 90% of pregnant women will experience stretch marks. Stretch marks appear as pinkish or reddish streaks running down your abdomen and/or breasts.
Although not medically proven, regular exercise and using lotions that contain nourishing oils and butters, vitamin E, and alpha hydroxy acids have been said to help prevent the development of stretch marks. We recommend ensuring that you regularly moisturize your skin to keep it as supple and hydrated as possible.
5. Skin tags sprout up
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to small loose growths of skin to appear (usually under the arms or breasts). While you can’t do much to prevent them these skin tags may resolve once you give birth or they can be removed by a dermatologist at that time if they bother you. Whatever you do, don’t try to remove them yourself despite all the DIY’s available online.
6. More sensitive to just about everything
During pregnancy, you may find that your skin is much more sensitive and reactive to fragrances, synthetic ingredients, heavy essential oils and other ingredients commonly used in skincare products. Unfortunately, products that your skin used to love may suddenly cause irritation. Be kind to your skin during this special time. Opt for products that are gentle and soothing and try to simplify your skincare routine.