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Four Common Skin Changes in Pregnancy

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Four Common Skin Changes in Pregnancy
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This is a topic Drs. Sarah & Alicia frequently get asked about, and today they outline the four most common changes you may expect to see in your skin during pregnancy, why they happen, and what you can do about it!

1. Dark Spots

Melanin is the substance in our bodies that naturally gives pigmentation to our skin and hair. Increased levels of estrogen and progesterone occurring during pregnancy stimulates extra melanin production, which can in turn cause dark spots to appear on parts of our body, most commonly the breasts, inner thighs, and the face. Melasma is another term used to refer to these dark spots. It is more common in people with darker skin who naturally have more pigment than lighter-skinned people. 

To help prevent or reduce the appearance of melasma, avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, use sunscreen, and sun protection. Topical vitamin C might also help to lighten the spots and it's considered safe to use in pregnancy. The dark spots usually fade once...

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Skin Care in Pregnancy

For some people, pregnancy brings a glow to their skin while others can struggle with worsening acne. 

 

If you've got questions about skincare in pregnancy, what's safe and what's not; if you're wondering what treatments are available for common skin conditions like acne, perioral dermatitis and melasma then have a listen to our podcast all about skincare in pregnancy with Dr. Bri. 

 

 

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