It’s no secret that your body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy. From the giveaway change in your stomach size to the rollercoaster of hormones, there’s a lot going on.
We now know pregnancy ‘glow‘ is a legitimate thing, but what about the, ahem, less pleasant changes to your skin?
Here are the four conditions you may not know about.
1. Darkened skin.
It’s not uncommon to find certain spots on your skin have darkened.
“Linea nigra (darkened skin in a line up and down the belly button) and darkening of the nipples and areola are very common and is from the pregnancy hormones,” says dermatologist Dr Hope Dinh.
“After delivery, this should slowly resolve.”
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Blotchy pigmentation known as melasma or chloasma can also appear on the cheeks, jawline and neck.
“The pigmentation usually fades a few months after delivery but it can persist, requiring lightening cream treatments,” says Dr Dinh.
“Some women do also notice that their moles darkened with pregnancy and breastfeeding. This can be a completely normal occurrence but women should see their GP or dermatologist if they have any concerns as melanoma during pregnancy does happen.”
Best thing about beach holidays: beach holidays. Worst thing about beach holidays: friggen hyperpigmentation. (NOT freckles, rather the large clusters of brown.) The worse it gets, the harder it is to shift, and aside of the fact it’s the skin under siege/an inflammatory response (????) my belief is that it’s uneven skin tone – not wrinkles – that makes the skin look aged. And TERRUST ME, I know all the tricks: I use pigment inhibitors (Aspect Pigment Punch), antioxidants (@gotoskincare Face Hero) non-stop broad spectrum physical/zinc oxide-based sun protection (Invisible Zinc), wide-brimmed hats and plastic sunglasses. That it has flared up again so rapidly (I kind of blame the Fraxel I had five years ago…) reminds me that, A) thermal heat certainly does cause melanin production, B) hyperpigmentation is the biggest bitch in bitch town, C) BB creams won’t cut it now, and D) I will just deal with it when I get home with usual program of peels/AHAs/microdermabrasion blah blah blah. ???? Link to an old hyperpigmentation post of mine in bio for info. UPDATE: Lashes and brows are tagged and certainly nothing I created myself. ????
These can include skin tags, angiomas (benign blood vessel overgrowth in the skin) and seborrheic keratosis (warty brown lumps on the skin).
While they might be unpleasant, they’re usually nothing to worry about.