Hyperpigmentation, Sebaceous Glands, Visible Capillaries are probably the most common skin problems during pregnancy. How to treat them?
Daily skincare gets trickier during this important time of your life. Skin tends to change suddenly and drastically, becoming at times too dry and at times too oily. All the nuances must be therefore thoroughly accounted for when considering your new skincare routine during pregnancy.
First and foremost, we should identify the cause of this rebellious behaviour. During pregnancy, the hormone levels in your body alternate significantly. This alteration causes many physiological processes to occur in a different way. But not all hormones are so bad – for example, oestrogen, which level is also increased during pregnancy is known to benefit the skin through its effect on elastic fibres and collagen. Now, let’s looks into some of the common skin problems during pregnancy, identify their origin and plan our treatment.
Skin Problems During Pregnancy -Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is probably the most common skin problem that most pregnant women will face. Having looked in the mirror, you may notice that some areas of your skin are darker than the others. You can blame these changes on hormones. In particular, hormone progesterone, which causes specialised skin cells called melanocytes to produce more pigment than normal. Many future mums may encounter this problem as early as 12 weeks into pregnancy, however it occurs more often during later stages of pregnancy and, in fact, may remain a risk for as long as 2-3 months after giving birth.
Fixing hyperpigmentation can be a very long and frustrating process. The products offered on the market are never immediate and will usually take several months for the effects to become visible. But many treatments are available that include vitamins and antioxidants as well as high SPF factors to protect from further pigmentation.
Skin Problems During Pregnancy – Sebaceous Glands
Whilst pregnant, your organism is actively producing increased amounts of oestrogens. We’ve mentioned before that oestrogen was found to benefit oily skin through decreasing the activity of sebaceous glands which produce sebum. However, we haven’t mentioned that if you have dry skin then you will have a more difficult time because of it.
To prevent extreme dryness of your skin due to hormonal imbalance, we recommend using moisturising creams daily and use nutritious masks at least once in two weeks. It is also a good idea to buy a humidifier for your home. When noticing that your skin is becoming very dry during pregnancy you should also stop using scrubs and exfoliators at least for some time.
Skin Problems During Pregnancy – Redness and Visible Capillaries
Starting from the tenth week into pregnancy, the amount of circulating blood in the body of a pregnant woman increases by 30-40%. This means that blood vessels have to withstand a tremendous amount of pressure. This comes in especially difficult for the capillaries located close to the skin surface. They often get clogged up or even burst due to high pressure on their walls.
The best and only solution for this would be to simply mask the redness with make-up. After giving birth, the problem may be solved with laser treatments but you should never carry out laser during pregnancy.