Concerned about your skin during pregnancy? Learn more about acne and melasma, common skin problems for pregnant women and the best treatment methods.
Pregnancy Skin Problems: Melasma
A guide to why you get dark patches on your face during pregnancy and what you can do to treat this condition.
Pregnancy Skin Problems: Acne
A guide to what's to blame for breakouts during pregnancy, along with safe treatment options.
these include Accutane, Retin-A, Tazorac, Differin, and Atralin. These are known to cause birth defects . You also can't use any oral antibiotics like doxycycline, minocycline, or tetracycline because these could actually harm your baby's tooth development. And
Pregnancy Skin Problems: Spider Veins and Varicose Veins
It's an unfortunate fact that spider veins and varicose veins are more likely to develop during pregnancy. We'll explain why and what you can do to treat them.
The bad news about spider veins and varicose veins is that if your mother had them when she had you, you're likely to get them as well. Spider veins are purple, small, and look just like what they sound like. Varicose veins are bluer, larger, and more ropey. Why do they happen? During pregnancy, you have a lot more blood floating around your body
Pregnancy Skin Problems: Stretch Marks
We offer advice for preventing and treating this common pregnancy skin condition.
Stretch marks , the biggest fear of every pregnant woman . If your mother had them, you're likely to get them also. So what can you do if anything to prevent them? Well,
essential oil works really well. Another thing you can do to prevent stretch marks , and I think it's something that's really overlooked but very important; gain weight slowly and steadily. A rapid weight gain is gonna make it more likely for the elastic fibers to tear causing a stretch mark. So what can you do to treat them if you do unfortunately get them? When the stretch marks start, they're purple and red and this is the best time to treat them. We can use a topical retinoid like Retin-A if you're not breastfeeding, and we can also use the lasers KTP and pulsed dye laser to get out some of the redness. Once the stretch marks are old, they usually turn white or silvery and have kind of a wrinkled appearance. It's much harder to treat these and I'll be honest with you. I don't think there's any laser out there that's great yet, but I'm hoping. And if you do have stretch marks , at least know that they're in places that not too many people see. They're gonna probably fade with time and become less
Pregnancy Skin Problems: Skin Tags and More
A dermatologist explains why you may see skin tags, cherry angiomas, and changes to moles during pregnancy and what you can do about them.
please go see your dermatologist. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer , but it's completely curable if caught early. So I always say be safe rather than sorry, and if you're nervous about something
Pregnancy Skin Problems: Skin Darkening
A dermatologist sheds light on why nipples, underarms, and other places get darker during pregnancy.
under-eye circles that you didn't have before, and it's not due to sleepless nights . Actually it's due to the increase in pigment as I've already discussed, but also your relative anemia while you're pregnant. There's not
Pregnancy Skin Problems: What Skin Care Ingredients Should I Avoid?
A dermatologist lists the skin care ingredients that should be avoided when you're pregnant or breastfeeding and offers resources for finding answers for the ones you're still unsure about.
during pregnancy. And of course your dermatologist can also be a very helpful resource .
Pregnancy Skin Problems: Hair Changes
There are some good things and not so great things that happen to your hair during and after pregnancy. The good news is you will have the fullest hair of your life. You will love your hair while you're pregnant, and the reason is that your hair stopped shedding while you're pregnant, so normally about 10 percent of our hairs are shedding any given time, and that stops during pregnancy. The downside is that you're not shedding hair anywhere else either. So you may find you have more hair on your face, your belly, and your back which can be distressing. You can remove the hair by waxing, shaving, threading, or laser hair removal, but know that if you don't do any of those things, the hair is gonna come out anyway about 6 months after you deliver. Now I need to warn you about something. About 3 to 6 months after you have your baby, you're gonna start shedding a lot of hair. This is called telogen effluvium, and it's totally normal. It can be very alarming because you'll lose up to 200 hairs a day and many of those from the top of your head. I remember even though I counsel women on this every single day how freaked out I was when it happened with my own children. What you need to do is take a deep breath. Time and patience is gonna bring all that hair back.
with my own children. What you need to do is take a deep breath . Time and patience is gonna bring all that hair back.