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Dealing With Common Skin Problems During Pregnancy

Moms-to-be already have a lot to worry about and deal with, and then here come certain skin conditions that many experience during pregnancy such as spider veins, red and flaky skin, Melasma, and acne. As unpleasant as the skin changes might be, if you desire, there are certain things you can do that may be able to possibly improve the situation, and the following are just some to help get you started.

Be Patient
“Be patient” isn’t what one usually wants to hear when there’s a skin condition going on, but after pregnancy, some skin issues that you might be worried about—such as Melasma—could start to go away on their own. It depends on the situation, of course, the condition as well as your skin, but your dermatologist could provide you with more information based on your particular skin, which leads us to…

See Your Dermatologist
There are some who might avoid getting their skin checked because the issue, such as dry and flaky skin, might not seem like a big deal at the time, but it’s better to have your dermatologist look at it and make the determination. Don’t put off getting your skin checked. The sooner you get it looked at the more quickly you can figure out a game plan for how to deal with it and your doctor can at least give you some insight as to what you can do for your skin in the long and short term.

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Change Your Skin Care Routine
You might have had to change your skin care routine anyway due to your pregnancy, but certain skin conditions like acne might mean making a few adjustments here and there once more. For example, you might have to switch up your cleanser or use a particular topical. Even just a single change might be able to help a great deal.

Don’t Try New Products Without Getting the Okay
As you already know, there are quite a few things you’ll need to forgo while you’re pregnant or at least use or do in moderation, and that includes some skin care products. Once you find out that you’re pregnant, run your skin care routine by your doctor, including products you only sometimes use, and if you’re thinking of using any new products, wait until you get the okay. If possible, bring the products with you to your appointment so the doctor can read the labels.

Prepare For Possible Post-Pregnancy Treatments
You may want to do certain skin treatments after your pregnancy once you get the okay from your doctor, but in the meantime, do some research on the treatments to see what exactly they entail, if there’s going to be any downtime required, and how much they’re going to cost.

If you start noticing skin changes during pregnancy, don’t panic, and try not to get into the habit of researching your own symptoms in order to self-diagnose as that might make the worrying even worse. Speak with your dermatologist and simply go from there.