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Skin Problems during Pregnancy

Often women experience various skin problems during and after pregnancy. These problems include:

Oily Skin

Due to hormonal changes, certain skins may secrete more oil, leading to skin eruptions and pimples.

What you can do:

Wash your face more often during pregnancy. Avoid using greasy creams and make-up, and go easy on the moisturizer. Drink plenty of water.

Dry Skin

On the other hand, it may also happen that your skin dries up during pregnancy, and it may start itching. Heaters and air-conditioners dry out skin even further, so if you sit in an air-conditioned or heated room, apply heavier moisturizer and keep a humidifier in the room. Even a wide-mouthed bowl filled with water helps increase the level of humidity in a room. If you neglect your skin during this time, it may lose some of its elasticity and fine lines could appear on your face.

What you can do:

Apply calamine lotion to soothe the itchiness, and apply moisturizer regularly.

Use a humidifier in air-conditioned or heated rooms.

Darkening of Skin

Skin darkening during and after pregnancy is totally normal, and around 70% of women report some form of skin darkening or dark patches. Very often the areola and the linea nigra or the line running down your stomach, (women have a line running down their stomach which is not noticeable until it gets dark during pregnancy) gets darkened at this time. The darkening gradually fades away on its own after pregnancy.

What you can do:

Make sure you apply sunscreen daily, and avoid stepping out in the sun as the sun only serves to darken these dark patches. Consequently, they will take longer to fade. Evidence suggests that skin darkening during pregnancy is caused by a lack of folic acid. It is thus a good idea to continue with your prenatal vitamins throughout your pregnancy, as most of these vitamins contain folic acid.

Eat plenty of green vegetables and drink eight-to-ten glasses of water daily.

Avoid stepping out in the sun.

If dark patches appear when you are not pregnant, they may be as a result of a hormonal contraceptive such as the pill. Consider getting off such contraceptive.

Perfumes, colognes and other scented soaps also irritate the skin and may cause or increase such discolouration. Use basic, non-scented, natural products. Wash your face with a gentle face wash and avoid using harsh soaps or scrubs that may irritate the skin further.


If you develop a rash during pregnancy, always consult the doctor before applying medicated creams or indulging in any other form of self-medication as it may affect your unborn child.

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are caused due to sudden weight gain during pregnancy. The skin gets stretched beyond capacity, and 'tears', causing stretch marks. Stretch marks fade with time, but often never completely disappear. The best thing to do therefore is to avoid developing stretch marks.

What you can do:

Make sure you put on weight gradually during pregnancy. Similarly, supple and elastic skin does not develop stretch marks, so eat a well balanced diet and exercise regularly to ensure your skin stays elastic during pregnancy. Apply body cream regularly.

All skin disorders that appear with pregnancy usually fade away with time. The fading is gradual, and it may take a while before your skin is back to normal. Look after your skin during this time and make it a point to avoid sun exposure if you have pigmentation issues, as even a little exposure may set you back by months.

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Name: melinda
Country: U.S.A.

Dear friends now i can testify about the good work of Dr Gboco because last 2months i contacted Email: and i ask for a help from him because i and my husband has been married for the past 5years now and i have not be able to get pregnant and this has really been a problem to me and my mother in law, because she feel that i am not the right person for her son but last 2months after Dr Gboco cast a spell on me and he told me what i needed to do which i did although i never believe on spell before but since i had this spell cast on me i have been seeing changes in my life and now i am 2months pregnant and i am so happy and i have to do what i promise Dr that once i see the good result that i was going to testify of the good work so that anyone in need of help can contact him for help.
Name: rinku
Country: India

i am not pregnant bt still my skin is getting more darker due to my oily skin... wat can i do to control this oil??? and specially in winter its very bad..
Country: India

god!!! you guys have scared me. I am having extremely dry skin and lots of acne all over my face and back. Along with that I have rash on my neck. I was using skin cream with clotrimazole. But it seems its not safe for baby. Pls suggest any
Name: shaina
Country: U.S.A.

i am 8 months pregnant an this is number two for me. i'm having a problem with a really bad rash & pimples all over my body!!!! i have the pimples from the top of my but (i know sick)to the back of my knees an on my arm, hands, back,chin, neck, i have like a rash it's not that bad like you can not really see it. it's just really itchy an when i itch it, it starts to get a lot worse. under my lips i have like the same sort of rash like my hands an arms but you really can see it when i go out i try to put cover up on it but you can see it. it's red ,very dry an it gets really itchy but i will not itch it because i dont want it to scare well i hope it dont!!!! this is really bugging me cause of the pimple on my but an the rash on my body it is like stopping me an my boyfriend from having sex i am scared that it will make him go limp or something l.o.l. he trys to but i always try not to have sex . is it because of being pregnant?? i need help , what should i do??? will it go away ??? is it because of the weight i gained?? i asked my doc but she like dont care she is one of them people. i have been using cortizone.10 please help im only 21 years old an when i'm not pregnant i have a good looking body an weight. i have to worry about losing the weight i do not want to have to worrie about this bull crap can someone help or let me know if it goes away???????????
Name: Rosemarie Endaya
Country: other

i am running 9 weeks now and ive noticed that plenty of pimples are appearing on my face. the worst is i cant use any medicine to avoid it. im wondering if there is anyone who can recommend me of anything i can use to avoid this yacky pimples without any side effects to my baby.tnx!
Country: usa

i have black dark patch on my face when i had the second baby and they are just their. i am having third one now i am so affraid that they will even more darker then before. can some let me know what to do any home remdies or a medications for these black patches.
Name: Jayshree
Country: india

it is very nice article for the pregnant women, it has a solutios of lot of problem which womens face during pregancy.
Name: Halima
Country: england

im 28 weeks pregnant, and while everyone eles seems to be 'blooming' in their pregnancies, i seem to have gone the opposite way. my skin is the worst its ever been, with a rash of spots across my face, and all the cleansing i do, doesnt seem to make it any better
Name: Mehar
Country: india

i am running sixth month n have begun to get dark patches on my face i.e on the cheeks. i wonder if these would go with time. it troubles me quite a bit. also m using a lotion recommended by my gynaec but it does not seem to be of any help. but the article says that these patches would go with i hope the same
Name: Lee Lee
Country: usa

please help. i am 17 weeks and i have been having a problem with itchy bumps on my face when i applied cocoa butter it spread to my neck now my neck and face are constanly itching and the bumps are so ever present. any suggestions anyone? please e-mail at leelee71269@ya
Name: Jessica
Country: usa

my baby is now five months and i have started to get acne and i've never had it before! is this normal?
Name: maria
Country: usa

i'm 8 months and i just noticed some little white bubbles just under the surface of my lips, on each corner of my lips. i'm worried, help!!!!
Name: Sonya
Country: australia

i am 18weeks pregnant, and i am having trouble with my pimples on my face which i didn't had before. i would like to know any natural way to solve this problem.
Name: Tommy
Country: jamaica

i am 8 month pregnant and my skin get darker and my lip get very dry, i also develop a lot of stetch mark around or on my belly.can something be dont to it?
Name: Kerry
Country: usa

i am 10 weeks pregnant and i have developed a rash on my abdomen and chest. i am worried that there is really something wrong. sound familiar to anyone?
Name: preeti Nathoo
Country: usa

i am 7 months pregnant and just a few weeks back i have noticed my skin on the face is looking very dry & lifeless and dark the skin on my neck looks very dark too .
Name: Tasneem
Country: england

i am 7weeks pregnant, and i am having trouble with my pimples on my face which i didn't had before. i would like to know any natural way to solve this problem. please i'm desperate.
Name: Mrs. Anita Sunil
Country: india

i am 5 months pregnant and just a few weeks back i have noticed my skin on the face is looking very dry & lifeless and dark the skin on my neck looks very dark too .
Name: Kim
Country: australia

leelee, i'm nearly 16 weeks pregnant, and yesterday..a rash started developing below my chin. it then spread downwards of my neck and upwards to my face just around my mouth area. it is soooo itchy!!!! after scratchng myself senseless and trying cocoa butter (don't use cocoa butter, cos it made it worse..and was what started the spreading), i tried anti-septic cream which seemed to calm it a little. i then went to the pharmacy, the pharmacist was bewilded with the rash, saying it is not serious as it's just on the skin surface..but she couldn't figure out how i got it until i told her i was pregnant..and then she started to laugh. saying it's my pregnancy hormones! apparently, it's a common symptom! she then prescribed me dermaid (for sensitive skin). it's a steroid cream, but extremely gentle. she said i cannot use normal steroid cream, as i am pregnant. hope that helps (i don't know the date you posted your message). and if anyone has the same problem, hope this helps you too. cheers!
Name: Ana
Country: usa

well, i don't know yet if i'm pregnat or not.this is my second month trying to get pregnant and i still will have to wait a couple of days to take a test but the thing is that today is the second day that i'm having a very bad itchy rash in my body, mainly in my abdomen, neck, knees and's sooo itchy. i wonder if you can get this rash even before you know you're pregnant!
Name: jqydee
Country: usa

i am 5 weeks pregnant going on my third child and on my first pregnancy i developed dark, dry,scally, ruff blemishes on the back of my neck and under arms which never went away, and now i am getting them even darker. what can i do
Name: Jennifer
Country: usa

i'm 18 weeks pregnant and i started out with this hot rash on my face, so i kinda just let it go for a day and then the next thing i know it's on my neck shoulders big red areas that get blotchy bit not really itchy. i hate the way it looks. so my family doc pres. me something that is safe (a pill) and i just started taking it but it kinda freaks me out that my skin is doing this and i think that it is spreading to my legs now! yuck! anyone ever have anything like this before? jen
Name: Lilly
Country: canada

i am 29 weeks pregnant and have developed a bad rash across ny neck that spread up my face and behind my ears and side of my neck and now its on my stomach. it is soo itchy and doesnt seem to be going away. the only thing doctors prescribed was steroid cream which does nothing! should i be worried or is there someone else who's had this? if someone could please help me with some advice, email me back at
Name: Sarah
Country: australia

one time in my life when i should be blooming like a flower, my skin on my face seems to be at its worst state ever. i have red blotches on my forehead and my cheeks and no matter how many times i cleanse and tone it does not seem to be getting better. i just need some good advice, you can email me on thanks
Name: nehemiah
Country: usa

i was going in my 2 onth of pregancy i develop a rash on my back like a lot of pimples that became dark marks

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