There are a seemingly endless number of ways the body adapts and changes throughout pregnancy – it’s nature at work – and some results are obvious, but others may be more unexpected. While the pregnancy glow is well-known and welcomed, other effects such as breakouts, dryness, and discoloration are also common.
How does skin change during pregnancy?
First, the pregnancy glow: It’s entirely real — for some. Technically, it’s the “result of increased blood flow and oil production that gives the skin a more radiant appearance,” says Marisa Garshick, MD, a dermatologist in New York City.
Other changes may be a little less welcome. “Acne can also occur during pregnancy in some individuals as a result of hormonal changes, which can trigger more oil production and lead to clogged pores,” explains Garshick. Your skin might just be more oily than usual — or it can make an existing predisposition to acne worse, meaning oily or acne-prone skin may flare during pregnancy.
Conversely, certain skin types may even become drier to the point of irritation. This may also be due to hormonal fluctuations in the body over the average 40 weeks of pregnancy. “Dry skin can also become itchy, which can contribute to some of the itching women can experience in pregnancy,” Garshick says.
Many women experience hyperpigmentation, or dark spots, which can remain long after birth. “Pregnancy can lead to or worsen melasma or hyperpigmentation in patients, which is related to changes in hormone levels during pregnancy,” says Garshick. Melasma, also known as the “mask of pregnancy,” describes the brown or gray patches that appear on areas of the face that get the most sun exposure.
The third trimester is a time of steady growth as your baby gains weight and gets ready for birth. This is when you’ll want to be using our Pure Radiance Body Sugar Scrub and Pure Radiance Body Oil to help prevent stretch marks. Both products have a nature bathing scent of sandalwood which makes you feel like you’re having a relaxing spa day at home.
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