There were the really weird symptoms, like feeling so dizzy that I kind of drove my car into our garage wall. And then, on the less life-threatening side, there were the changes to my skin.
During the first trimester of my pregnancy, I had the worst skin of my entire life.
My facial skin was covered in grease and pimples, and they wouldn’t go away, no matter what I did.
Just to put this into context, I’m ethnically Chinese, and I very rarely have pimples. My skin is clear, yet very dry. My usual skin routine involves lots of rosehip oil and two layers of moisturiser. But, during my pregnancy greaseball stage, I had no idea how to treat my skin.
While it was startling to see so many pimples, my concern wasn’t so much about my appearance. Rather, it was the sensation that I was, quite literally, uncomfortable in my own skin. It felt like my skin wasn’t mine anymore.
It turns out that I wasn’t the only one to notice this slimey symptom. A quick survey of the office showed that there were other women who had experienced the same thing, and were also taken aback by this new, oleaginous experience. Sure, we expected nausea, but pimply skin? What happened to the famous, pregnancy glow? Why can’t we all just look like Kate Middleton?
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Some staff members said that even their hair became greasy, so much so that it looked like they’d dunked their hair in Johnson’s Baby Oil. And that was after they’d washed it!
We just had to get to the bottom of this, so we spoke to Emma Hobson, Education Manager for the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica. It turns out that this is a normal pregnancy symptom that will eventually go away, caused by naughty hormones. It can be easily treated, too, with the right products. Phew!