Every part of the body goes through changes when you are pregnant and SKIN is no exception.  Skin changes occur in about 90% of pregnant women in one form or another due to the surge of hormones.

This pregnancy glow we all hear and talk about is not a myth.  Blood volume increases during pregnancy by almost 50%, so vascular changes such as flushing and inflammation are not a big surprise.  The increased circulation of blood to the body’s tissues causes the cheeks to take on a blush-like appearance.  Not only do rosey cheeks come about, sebaceous glands may produce increased secretions, giving the skin an oily shine.

Pregnant women may also experience acne and hyperpigmentation.  However, just because there is a bun in the oven does not mean Mom has to accept wrinkles, brown spots or breakouts!

That is why, here at New Skin Esthetics skin therapists are ready to adjust a client’s skin care and treatments according to pregnancy precautions and contraindications.  By performing a thorough consultation and skin analysis, we can properly reevaluate the current skin care regimen and help the Mom to be safely achieve her skin care goals.


Here are a few safe and simple skin care guidelines to follow:


Melasma – most common change with pregnancy, irregularly shaped light or dark brown patches of hyperpigmentation.  Melasma affects nearly 70% of pregnant women.  The hormonal combo of estrogen, progesterone and melanocyte stimulating hormone can cause the discoloration.  Usually found on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip and chin.


Rosacea, Eczema and Psoriasis – During pregnancy your client is predisposed to these three conditions which can be triggered due to stress.  Symptoms can worsen for some while improve for others during pregnancy.  Be aware of rashes, dry skin and general itchiness potentially coming and going.


Acne –  While some women may celebrate their acne clearing up during the pregnancy others may experience an increase in acne lesions.  The influx of hormones can stimulate the sebaceous glands and the sweat glands, resulting in more perspiration ad breakouts.  With an increase in sebum the skin becomes oilier, follicles are blocked and acne nay appear on the face, chest and back.


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