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Skin Problems during Pregnancy

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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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rinku.3 years ago
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..
.4 years ago
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
Jayshree.5 years ago
it is very nice article for the pregnant women, it has a solutios of lot of problem which womens face during pregancy.
Halima.5 years ago
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
Mehar.5 years ago
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
Rosemarie Endaya.5 years ago
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!
AMRITPAL KAUR.5 years ago
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.
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