Pregnancy and your skin

Pregnancy and your skin

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During pregnancy, it’s not just your lifestyle that changes - your body and skin change too. Here are some major changes you could see.

Darker Pigmentation

Many women notice a degree of increased pigmentation (skin colouring) when they are pregnant. Some experience melasma—or “the mask of pregnancy”- patches of darkened skin on the face that develop with exposure to ultraviolet sunlight. The best way to minimise melasma is to avoid sun exposure and to use broad-spectrum sun protection that blocks UVA and UVB rays. Olay Regenerist CC cream is a good solution to this issue: it reduces the look of dark spots and protects skin against dangerous sunlight. Also, pregnant women who often are hyperosmic, will definitely appreciate its fragrance free formula.

Moles and freckles

Sometimes during pregnancy moles and freckles get noticeably darker. In general, these mole changes are symmetrical and go back to the way they were after delivery. However, any asymmetrical changes in a mole’s size, shape or color should be examined out by your dermatologist, just to be safe. 

Splotchy Skin

During pregnancy, increased blood volume can cause blood vessels that are close to skin’s surface to swell and burst, causing ‘spider nevi’. These are red bumps with spider leg-like lines radiating out. They’re common on the face, neck and upper body.

Redness

You may notice that your palms, nail beds, gums and face are strikingly red. This happens because of the increased blood volume in your body—and it may be responsible for giving pregnant women that special glow.

Don’t be afraid of these changes. Firstly, they are temporary, and with due skincare will pass soon, and secondly – a pregnant woman is so charming and beautiful that no one will pay attention to such minor details.

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