How To Clear Up Your Skin When You're Pregnant

Thu, September 9, 2010 2:51pm EDT by Add first Comment

You rarely spot a celeb with less than flawless skin, even while pregnant, just take a look at Christina Applegate — but the truth is when you’re expecting, your skin goes through just as many changes as your waistline does! Can you say acne, darker pigmentation and dryness?

“I’m textbook right now. I’m like everything you read in the books, I’ve got it all,” mom-to-be Christina Applegate confesses. “Anyone who has been pregnant knows exactly what I’m talking about.” Yes, we do! But don’t fret, docs tell HollyBaby.com what to expect and how to keep your complexion looking perfect.

Did you know that the natural glow everyone compliments mamas-to-be on is due to the increased blood flow during pregnancy? But skincare issues can get in the way of this new-found gorgeous, dewy skin.  And no one wants that! “Acne tends to increase during the first trimester and can remain persistent throughout pregnancy,” says Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, dermatologist and creator of Specific Beauty. “Another thing to look out for are brown spots called melasma on your forehead, cheeks and upper lip.”

Ward off that pigmentation using an SPF of 15 or higher that blocks UVA and UVB rays (like La Roche-Posay Anthelios 15 Sunscreen) or use a daily moisturizer with sunscreen, such as Cetaphil SPF 50 Facial Moisturizer UVA/UVB Defense. Your doctor can also prescribe topical antibiotics to help control your skin problems, but if you want to use over-the-counter acne products, make sure you ask your doctor first. Just stay away from anything that contains retinol! Try Neutrogena On The Spot Acne Treatment or the Proactiv 3-Step System.

The good news is that your skin will go back to normal about six months after you have your baby. But if  you’re breastfeeding, expect to experience other hormonal changes — so that six-month time frame depends on how long you feed. But no matter what, remember that for these nine months, the only bump people are going to be focusing on is on your belly!

–Jeannine Morris