Sure the pregnancy glow is something that many women enjoy during their pregnancy; some will have the best skin during pregnancy of any time in their life.
Others however have to contend with Rosacea, acne breakouts, rashes, itching, discolorations, Chloasma, spider veins and a number of other skin problems during pregnancy.
Some women develop Rosacea for the first time during pregnancy or those who have had the preexisting condition find that it gets more pronounced or noticeable during this period.
For the most part this is not something that requires medication, and keeping the area clean (by splashing with cold water several times a day) and minimizing use of harsh cosmetics as well as drinking plenty of water may be all that is required.
Chloasma or the Mask of Pregnancy is a sort of patchy tanned appearance on the facial skin that resembles a butterfly shape. This appears due to hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy, which causes more melanin (what produces the pigment in the skin) to be produced. Avoid sun exposure as far as possible; this condition will reverse itself after pregnancy.
Acne breakouts can be another problem caused by pregnancy hormones. It is important to avoid anti acne medication containing Accutane and Retin-A since these are known to cause birth defects in some cases.
Also since skin is more sensitive during this time, abrasive exfoliants and harsh formulations should be avoided. Instead it is more important to use home remedies such as an oatmeal scrub. In any case remember this condition will reverse itself after pregnancy.
Spider Veins are a problem for many women during pregnancy. These are different from varicose veins, these resemble spider webs, and are caused by broken blood vessels like capillaries that become visible beneath the skin’s surface.
Sometimes these may also appear on the face and may require the help of make up to camouflage. These are known as Nevi, and if they do not disappear after pregnancy, they may require a dermatologist’s attention.
Red and itchy palms or soles: The hormone estrogen can also cause some women to develop itchiness and redness in the areas of their palms of the soles of their feet. This is usually mild and does not require medical attention, and usually disappears after pregnancy.
So while pregnancy can cause various problems of the skin, it is important to remember that most of these conditions reverse themselves afterwards and do not require any intervention.