8 Common Skin Problems During Pregnancy (and Our Favorite Products to Help You)

I don’t think anyone told me I was “brilliant” every time I was pregnant. I’m not sure if that’s the word I would have used to describe myself in the first few months, either – nauseous is more like that, or tired. Add to that extra dry skin and acne the likes of which I hadn’t had since middle school, and let’s just say I didn’t feel the prettiest. Apparently I was not alone.

“Hormonal changes, and of course all the ways your life changes, can lead to unpleasant skin changes during pregnancy,” says Diana Spalding, editor of Motherly’s Digital Education, midwife and author of The mother’s guide to becoming a mother . “It’s so easy to get dehydrated during pregnancy, which can lead to issues like dryness and itchiness. And nights spent tossing and turning (because how is someone supposed to sleep with all those sweet baby kicks?!) Can lead to dark circles.”

If you suffer from any of the common pregnancy skin issues, but don’t want to build up chemicals on your skin, there are natural and healthy pregnancy makeup and skincare products available. Some even contain treatment ingredients that could help relieve your skin symptoms, while covering them up in the meantime. It should also be noted that the FDA maintains a updated list and categorization of ingredients used in beauty and cosmetic products that women should avoid if pregnant. A few include: retin-a, hydroquinone, formaldehyde, dihydroxyacetone, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acids.

Remember that itchy skin can sometimes be a sign of a “serious complication known as cholestasis, so consult your midwife or obstetrician before trying to treat the problem on your own,” says Spalding.

Ultimately, whatever your pregnancy skin care concerns are, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s what you need to solve eight common skin problems during pregnancy:

For oily skin: RMS Beauty ‘Un’ Powder

Sweaty? Oily? Yes, you can thank those pregnancy hormones for that! the RMS “one” powder can help! This ultra-fine, super-silky powder has only two ingredients (mica and silica – not to be confused with silicone) and will never give you a white cast. It’s so pure yet so effective. We promise no one will know you’re wearing powder.

​ For dry and itchy skin: Suntegrity 5 in 1 Tinted Face Sancreen

Suntegrity 5 in 1 tinted face sunscreen

The winter months can take a toll on your skin and, along with the low temperatures, bring flakes, bumps and cracks. And if you’re pregnant, dry skin can be even worse during this time. So how about a multitasking product that hydrates, soothes, and protects while providing a lightweight tint for that no-makeup look? If you suffer from parched and dry skin during pregnancy, Suntegrity 5 in 1 natural moisturizing face sunscreen is the product for you.

For dark brown spots: 14th Aloe Nourish Foundation

Aloe Nourish Foundation

Do you notice dark brown spots on your cheeks and forehead? Blame it on a surge of estrogen stimulating the production of melanin. Aloe Nourish Foundation by 14e Cosmetics offers medium, buildable coverage while leaving you feeling weightless with a semi-matte satin finish. It only has a few ingredients and its base is aloe, which means it soothes while covering.

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Patricia J. Callender