Pregnant? What to Expect From Your Skin Pregnant? What to Expect From Your Skin
Acne Even if you usually have clear skin, you might find yourself battling breakouts while you’re expecting. You can blame pregnancy hormones for these... Pregnant? What to Expect From Your Skin

woman with forehead acne


Even if you usually have clear skin, you might find yourself battling breakouts while you’re expecting. You can blame pregnancy hormones for these flares. Wash your face daily, and avoid picking at your skin, which can cause scars. There are many treatments for acne, and you can buy most of them over the counter. But a few of the prescription meds for it aren’t safe to use while you’re pregnant. Talk to your doctor before you try any treatment.


woman with stretch marks

Stretch Marks

As your baby bump grows, you might get these purplish-red streaks on your belly, thighs, breasts, bottom, or even arms. They show up as your skin stretches and your hormones change. Up to 90% of women have them by their third trimester, but you’re more likely to get them if other women in your family had them. Skin creams may help with itching, but they can’t prevent them. But don’t worry — most stretch marks fade over time and turn pale.

woman with melasma


It’s also called chloasma or the “mask of pregnancy.” Up to 70% of pregnant women get these brown patches on their cheeks, nose, and forehead. Time in the sun makes it worse, so wear sunscreen or hats when you’re outdoors, or avoid the sun when you can. Sometimes melasma can be permanent, but it usually fades after you have your baby.

skin tags

Skin Tags

It’s not clear why, but pregnancy increases your chance of getting these small, flesh-colored growths. You get them most often in the folds of your skin, like your armpits, neck, or groin area. They’re usually harmless, so there’s no need to treat them. But if they bother you, you can ask your doctor about removing them. Don’t try to take them off yourself, though.


woman with linea nigra


Some spots on your body, like freckles, scars, and the skin around your nipples, will get darker, and sometimes bigger. You may also get a line down the center of your belly called the linea nigra. It’s more likely if you have a darker skin tone. Stay out of the sun, and tell your doctor about any spots that are new or look like they’re changing shape.


puppp bumps on belly


If tiny, itchy, red bumps pop up on your belly, it might be PUPPP, short for pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy. It can spread to your thighs, breasts, or buttocks in large patches. Doctors don’t know what causes it, but it’s most common in first pregnancies and for moms of multiple babies, like twins or triplets. There’s no treatment, but you can use antihistamines or steroid creams or gels to help with itching. It should go away after you give birth.


psoriasis on elbow


Pregnancy doesn’t cause this skin problem, but if you already have it, the scaly, red patches on your body might get worse. But for some women, the condition actually gets better while they’re carrying their babies. Make sure any treatments you’re taking for your psoriasis are safe for your little one.


eczema on woman neck


Many women get these red, crusty, itchy patches for the first time while they’re pregnant. But if you already have eczema, it can get worse during those 9 months. The easiest way to keep it at bay is to avoid the things you know trigger it, which could be anything from soaps and pet dander to some foods and stress. You can treat the problem with steroids, but check with your doctor first to be sure your treatment is safe for pregnancy.


spider veins close up

Varicose and Spider Veins

Pregnant bodies have more estrogen and blood than usual, and that affects veins. Small patches of them, called spider veins, may show up on your face, neck, or arms. They’re harmless, and should fade after you have the baby. Pressure from your uterus can make veins in your lower half swell. These are varicose veins, and they can be painful. Your doctor may suggest you take walks, prop your legs up, and use tight stockings called compression hose to help treat them.


pregnant woman moisturizing

Take Care of Your Skin

Your best bet for healthy skin while you’re expecting is to focus on the basics. Drink plenty of water. Wear sunscreen every day, and stay out of the sun when you can. Use lotion to soothe itching and dryness that may come with stretched skin. Most importantly, check in with your doctor if you notice any changes that worry you.

Henry Okafor

  • Daphinique

    2016-11-26 #1 Author

    What Can You Use To Treat Eczema ?


  • Tee Nicolee

    2016-11-26 #2 Author

    Very helpful. I wish I would’ve read while I was pregnant. I googled half of this stuff while pregnant.


  • Hailey

    2016-11-26 #3 Author

    I hated this so much but happy I have a beautiful baby girl ❤️


  • Ara Monee

    2016-11-26 #4 Author

    I’ve had a few stretch marks from my 1st child but I always used tummy butter from palmers.


  • Courtney jones Butler

    2016-11-26 #5 Author

    I used stretch mark coco butter throughout my pregnancy, unfortunately I still acquired a lot of stretch marks in my tummy area., but my beautiful little girl was worth it all. ?


  • Lea

    2016-11-26 #6 Author

    I didnt believe that scratching ur stomach would create skretch marks … Nw i have tiger claws lol


  • Tiara Jackson

    2016-11-26 #7 Author

    I didn’t really have stretch marks I heard it come from scratching your stomach while pregnant but I know co co butter lotion help them go away


  • Charlesha Wilson

    2016-11-26 #8 Author

    I had acne & used coconut oil to reduce stretch marks which worked better than coco butter.


  • Jasminees

    2016-11-26 #9 Author

    I’m so happy I didn’t have any of this problems ?


  • Sapphire Thompson

    2016-11-26 #10 Author

    What is a good product to use on stretch marks?


  • Tennille Myers

    2016-11-26 #11 Author



  • Whitney

    2016-11-26 #12 Author

    I remember having the same feelings


  • Mariam Samba

    2016-11-26 #13 Author

    Please was it good for pregnant women around 8 month’s to take milo


  • Tina williams

    2016-11-26 #14 Author

    This what a very great topic and can totally relate great facts and I learn knew things


  • tiara sykes

    2016-11-27 #15 Author

    Good information, I’ll know this next time I have a baby


  • Shawn

    2016-11-27 #16 Author

    My skin was very oily when I was preg.. But maybe that’s what they mean when they say you have a “glow” when your preg.??


  • Aliyah le’ann

    2016-11-27 #17 Author

    I was lucky not to endure to many stretch marks but I did get a lot of Acne and dry spots.


  • Arius Myers

    2016-11-27 #18 Author

    I was very lucky during my pregnancy the only thing I had were strech marks but this article is very helpful to the future mommies to be!


  • Jasmine Jones

    2016-12-01 #19 Author

    My pregnancy was great I didn’t have any of these problems, and I had a beautiful healthy baby girl.


  • Whitley bland

    2016-12-14 #20 Author

    This was my first pregnancy & my face broke out really bad , I have stretch marks but , other then that everything was fine & 8 was blessed with a beautiful baby girl !


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