Pregnancy is a very special time in a woman’s life; having a life grow inside of you is truly amazing. However, pregnancy also means lots of changes happening to your body. At Skinstation, we want to ensure all our clients that what happens during pregnancy is normal and is nothing to be ashamed about. As such, here are the ways in which pregnancy can affect your skin.
How Does My Skin Change During Pregnancy?
There are a couple of things that you will develop whilst you are pregnant, such as:
· Stretch marks
· Skin colour changes
· Spots on the body
· Broken veins
· Sensitive skin
Each of these things occurs naturally, but how do they appear and are they harmful to the skin?
Stretch marks are incredibly common in pregnant women; they appear due to the stretching of the skin when the baby grows. It can also come from a slight deficiency of protein within the body, which can lead to thinner skin.
If you want to tackle stretch marks, then you can try and eat a healthy balanced diet to control the weight gained during pregnancy, as well as undergoing exercise. Also, if the skin isn’t very elastic, then stretch could occur. If this is the case, then an anti stretch mark cream, such as Kelo-Stretch, is a great solution, as it can tackle the root of the problem.
Skin Colour Changes
This normally affects the stomach and the face in pregnant women. On the face and neck, small patches of pigmentation are known as chloasma, melasma or, colloquially, the mask of pregnancy.
This is normally due to the body producing more melanin than usual; the hormone that affects your tan, but is also responsible for protecting your skin against the harsh ultraviolet (UV) that is emitted from the sun.
Another common skin colour change that occurs is a dark vertical line that appears down the middle of your belly; this line is known as linea nigra. It isn’t common for all women, but it can appear. A common misconception is that it appears due to the abdominal muscles changing due to the growth of the baby, but it is simply due to increased pigmentation within the skin; nothing to worry about at all!
Spots on the Body
Spots appearing during pregnancy is a very common occurrence; it’s so common that it can even occur in people that haven’t suffered from spots or acne before. The reason why this can occur is because, during pregnancy, there is a surge in the production of hormones; these hormones can lead to an increase in an oil in the skin known as sebum.
A small amount of sebum is great for the skin, but too much can lead to blocked pores, greasy skin and spots. To treat this, cleanse your face twice a day with lukewarm water and a mild soap. If you want an effective acne treatment, then our high quality Obagi products, such as the foaming cleanser or the acne therapeutic system, are the best options on the market.
Broken veins are another common occurrence during pregnancy due to two reasons: increased blood flow through the body and increased hormones. The amplified blood flow within the body can provide more pressure to the capillaries, which can cause them to burst and result in broken veins, also commonly known as spider veins.
The good thing is that spider veins tend to disappear after the baby is born, as the hormones within the body tend to subside and settle down, allowing the body to recover. However, if you do notice spider veins, make sure protect your face in the heat and cold, as it can make them worse.
When you are pregnant, it is important to understand the different things that could affect your daily routine and some effective ways to tackle them. At Skinstation, we understand how important it is to make yourself feel comfortable in your own skin, which is why we specialise in providing the very best Obagi products that make your face smoother, calmer, and softer than ever.