Skin changes that occur during pregnancy

Attractive pregnant woman is sitting in bed While pregnancy can be an exciting time, it can also be difficult for some women, especially when it comes to changes to the skin. It is not uncommon for women to experience certain issues during this time, which is why working with the team at Hollywood Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists is a great solution to monitoring the skin’s health as you progress through the three trimesters of pregnancy. South Florida area women are welcome to turn to our team for answers when noticing skin changes during this time.

What are some common skin changes that can occur during pregnancy?

Some common skin changes that can occur during pregnancy include stretch marks, darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation), and varicose veins.

  • Stretch marks. Stretch marks are a form of scarring that can occur when the skin is stretched beyond its normal capacity. They usually appear as pink or purple lines on the abdomen, breasts, or thighs.
  • Darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation) can occur due to an increase in melanin production. This can result in patches of darker skin on the face, hands, and other areas of the body that are exposed to sunlight.
  • Varicose veins. Varicose veins are enlarged veins that often appear as blue or purple lines on the legs. They are caused by increased pressure on the vessels and can be painful or uncomfortable.

Preexisting skin conditions

Women with preexisting skin conditions, including psoriasis or atopic dermatitis, may notice a change as well. These conditions may improve or worsen with pregnancy, sometimes due to the hormonal fluctuations that occur in the body during this time. Working with a dermatologist to address these issues, as well as new concerns, is critical to ensuring healthy skin and a comfortable pregnancy.

Who can I turn to for help with my skin during pregnancy?

The team at Hollywood Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists in South Florida can assist you with the changes happening to your skin during this time. Call the main line at 954-961-1200 to request an appointment at any one of our seven office locations. We are here to help you with your skin during this exciting time in your life!

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