What To Expect When You’re Expecting


What To Expect When You’re Expecting

Pregnancy is an exciting journey, but with it comes its own set of skin challenges and concerns.

Every part of the body goes through changes during pregnancy, and the skin is no exception.

Skin changes occur in about 90% of pregnant women, in one form or another, due to the surge of hormones.

Pregnancy glow is not a myth. Blood volume increases during pregnancy by almost 50% increased circulation of blood to the body’s tissues causes the cheeks to take on a blush-like appearance.

Women who are pregnant may experience acne and hyperpigmentation – often for the first time. However, just because a baby is on the way, this does not mean you are ready to accept wrinkles, brown spots or breakouts.

The Mask of Pregnancy

Melasma – or the mask of pregnancy – is the most common change associated with pregnancy. It is characterized by irregularly shaped light or dark brown patches of hyperpigmentation usually found on the chin, upper lip, cheeks and forehead.

Do Try. Melasma cannot be prevented, but intensity can be minimized limiting exposure to ultraviolet light. Daily use of an SPF 30+ is a must. Physical sunscreens like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide tend to be preferred choices, as they reflect heat away from the skin – perfect for the pregnancy-flushed face

Psoriasis, Eczema or Rosacea

Symptoms can worsen for some, while conditions can improve for others during pregnancy. Reasons for this are unclear and it depends on the individual.

Do Try. Be kind to your skin during pregnancy I recommend a gentle skincare routine. Mild gel/cream cleansers and products, containing calming and soothing ingredients like such as Oat Kernel (Avena Sativa), Sunflower Seed Extract and Borage Seed Oil reduce irritation.


The influx of hormones during pregnancy can stimulate the sebaceous and sweat glands, resulting in more perspiration and breakouts. The skin becomes oilier, follicles

are blocked and acne may appear on the face, While some pregnant women celebrate their acne clearing up during pregnancy, others may experience an increase

Do Try. Keep the skin clear and shine-free by opting for oil-absorbing clays such as Bentonite and Kaolin and sebum-regulating Niacinamide.

Becoming a new mother is challenging enough without having to navigate through a confusing maze of skin care ingredients and treatments.

 As a skin professional, I’m here a little help make skincare during pregnancy a safe, comfortable and joyful experience.

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