skin and hair changes during pregnancy, Greeley dermatologists

Pregnancy brings about one of the most beautiful parts of life, but it can also take a hard toll on the body of a woman. Some women are blessed with glowing skin during their pregnancy, but others experience some less than desirable changes in their appearance.

Dramatic changes in hormones, particularly estrogen and progesterone, are to blame for both the good and the bad skin and hair changes that can happen during pregnancy. To help you counteract the not-so-glowing changes, our Greeley dermatology services will help you to safely treat the skin, hair and nail changes that you may be facing as you wait for your sweet new baby.

Hair Growth

One of the most common changes during pregnancy is hair growth. Thanks to prenatal vitamins and hormones that slow down hair loss, many women find themselves with a head full of extra, fuller, thicker hair that is also shiny, strong, and healthy. The downside to extra hair growth is that you may find hair growing in places you don’t want it to. Women have often complained of hair growing on their face, neck, abdomen, and other areas of the body. Thankfully, shaving and waxing are both safe during pregnancy to help you keep unwanted body hair at bay. Hair growth will also slow down after giving birth or may even shed, which is good for the unwanted hair, but unfortunately it may also affect your new more voluminous hair do.


Hormonal changes can often be blamed for breakouts, particularly during menstrual cycles and likewise during pregnancy. The increase in hormones can cause oilier skin and lead to acne. Acne during pregnancy can be one of the most frustrating changes as it can affect more than appearance, but also self-esteem and self-image. Pregnancy can also limit treatment options, making it even more difficult. However, with the help of a board-certified dermatologist you can find ways to safely treat acne when you’re pregnant. Click here for some potential ingredients that help counteract pregnancy acne or read this article for 6 all-natural pregnancy acne remedies.

Glowing Skin and Rosy Cheeks

For those lucky women who don’t find themselves fighting acne like they did as a teenager, their complexion is brightened with beautiful glowing skin. During pregnancy, the body can produce up to 50 percent more blood, increasing circulation. Increased blood flow will also increase oil production, which causes that pregnancy glow and cheery rosy cheeks. To help keep that glow from turning into a breakout, buy a gentle oil-free cleanser formulated for oily skin.

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are another of the most common pregnancy side effects. While nearly 90 percent of pregnant women will get stretch marks, the amount and size of stretch marks will vary by woman. Stretch marks can appear on various areas of the body and can range in color from red, brown or purple. While some women believe exercising and cocoa butter can make all the difference, these types of remedies have not been medically proven to help.

A qualified dermatologist can talk with you about ways they can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Itchy Skin

As baby and belly grow, skin stretches and tightens causing itchiness. Although its normal for itchiness to be uncomfortable, if it becomes severe or accompanied with other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or red raised patches on the skin, make sure to consult with your doctor.

 Dark Spots

Pregnancy also causes melanin to increase in the skin and lead to dark spots on the face called chloasma. These often blotchy patches typically appear on the forehead, cheeks and upper lip and can affect up to 75 percent of women. While there isn’t much that can be done to treat them, wearing sunscreen and limiting your time spent in the sun can help minimize the risk.

Spider And Varicose Veins

Increased blood volume, blood flow, and pressure on your veins from a growing belly can also cause your blood vessels to grow, leading to the appearance of spider veins or varicose veins. Spider veins, the tiny red veins that branch outward, can appear on the face, neck, chest, and arms and will typically fade away after giving birth. Varicose veins most commonly appear on the legs and appear swollen and blue as blood flow is decreased from the pressure of the uterus. Click here to read about treating varicose veins naturally during pregnancy.

Dark Line Down Your Belly

Around 75 percent of women develop a dark line that runs from their belly button down to their pubic bone. Like other skin changes during pregnancy, the dark line will likely fade away after birth.

Contact a Trusted Dermatologist

If you’re concerned about some of the skin and hair changes during your pregnancy, don’t hesitate to reach out to Front Range Dermatology to see how we can help.

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