During pregnancy, the skin of every woman undergoes changes. Sometimes this affects the condition of the skin in a bad way. The skin becomes very dry, or on the contrary, too oily. Acne appears. Most often, nails also suffer: they become too fragile and brittle. Often there is excessive stretching of the tissue (especially near the abdomen, breasts and thighs), which manifests itself in the form of unattractive stretch marks on the skin. Stretching of the abdominal wall and hormonal changes can lead to dry skin and, especially in late pregnancy, tension and itching of the abdominal skin. But it is still possible to adjust the effects of hormones. How to properly care for the skin during pregnancy— later in the article.

Sometimes there are new problems that were not inherent in the skin before. Hormonal adjustment in pregnant women occurs during all nine months. A woman becomes very vulnerable, sensitive and unpredictable. The reaction of the skin even to those procedures that were done before pregnancy can be unpredictable.


Expectant mothers often notice a change in the color of their face and pigmentation. This happens due to an increase in the load on the blood vessels and increased work of the adrenal glands, which leads to an increase in the synthesis of melanocyte-stimulating hormone and estrogen. Usually, the peak of pigmentation falls on the second trimester of pregnancy.

You should not worry that the skin will forever remain covered with spots. Try to hide your face from the sun’s rays and, leaving the house, never forget the cream with a sun protection filter. And in general, do not worry too much about pigmentation: after the birth of a child, the skin will eventually return to its previous state.

Stretch marks

The skin is decently stretched for all 9 months: the most prone to stretching is the skin in the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and breasts. Tears occur in the connective tissues, and stripes appear on the surface of the skin: at first they are purple-red in color, but over time they scar and turn white.

To avoid stretch marks, the first thing you need to do is to adjust your diet. And regardless of how prone you are to the appearance of stretch marks, you need to eat a full, varied, balanced diet. Focus on products that promote the production of elastin and collagen in the skin. Already from the 12th week, intensively nourish the skin with creams and lotions. Choose products intended for pregnant women. It can also be regular olive oil or natural cocoa butter, which do the job just fine. Be sure to moisturize the skin with something, this will significantly reduce the risks of stretching it. In addition, when applying the product to the skin, you perform a massage, which improves blood circulation, increases the supply of nutrients to the layers of the skin, and increases its elasticity.

Acne rash

In some cases, with the onset of pregnancy, the skin becomes the cleanest and most delicate, in others, it becomes oily and covered with pimples. Here everything is individual, and if you are less lucky, you will have to pay more attention to yourself. The fact is that under the influence of progesterone during pregnancy, the sebaceous glands begin to work harder. The skin becomes greasy, the pores are clogged with sebum, and a rash appears. After childbirth, this unpleasant phenomenon will pass, but now you should remember the teenage period and start taking care of your face. Do daily hygienic care with a full set of mandatory procedures — in the morning and in the evening. Clean your skin regularly and use moisturizers without oily ingredients.

Brittle nails

During pregnancy, you should probably give up the habit of covering your nails with gel polish. After all, gel varnishes are quite aggressive, they can be harmful to the fetus. In addition, their regular use leads to the degeneration of nail plates — they fade, become thinner, and brittleness appears. And a weakened nail is a favorable basis for the reproduction of the fungus.

Do you want your nails to look well-groomed even during pregnancy? Use nail creams, vitamin A, special oils for nail care.

What means can be used during pregnancy?

1. To combat irritations

Thorough cleaning with exfoliants and soft gels for washing will help to cope with rashes. For example: Cleansing gentle foam for washing from Weleda. It meets the highest requirements: environmentally friendly ingredients, environmentally friendly production, absence of synthetic fragrances, silicones and petroleum products.

Dr Justin Kluck, consultant dermatologist at London’s Harley Street Clinic, also advises adding a bit of azelaic acid to your routine to tackle redness, inflammation and clogged pores.

2. Hyperpigmentation

Dermatologists advise to avoid direct contact with UV rays, especially in the first trimester. Try to spend as much time in the shade as possible, wear wide-brimmed hats, and reapply SPF 30 to 50 every two hours. A good option would be Uriage’s Baresan Sunscreen Mineral Cream SPF50+ and La Roche-Posay’s Antgelios Sunscreen Ultra-Light and Ultra-Resistant Fluid for Sensitive Facial Skin.

3. Hair care

During pregnancy, you can and even need to pamper your curls with quality care products. An excellent series is offered by the Weleda brand — Restorative hair conditioner and balm based on oats. You can also take care of your hair during pregnancy with the help of natural homemade masks.

Expectant mothers, you are in for an incredible adventure, the transformation of your body and the play of hormones that help create a new life! Be careful and carefully choose products for the care of your skin and body!

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