Educational Series: From Bump to Baby: Your Skin’s Journey Through Pregnancy and Beyond

by | 3 May 2024

Pregnancy is a beautiful journey filled with joy and anticipation, but it also brings a myriad of changes to your body, including transformation in your skin. Hormonal fluctuations take centre stagewith increased blood flow, and changes in immune function, these factors can also impact the skin in various ways, leading to common concerns such as acne, melasma, dryness, and sensitivity.

Understanding these changes and knowing how to overcome the challenges they present is essential for maintaining healthy and radiant skin throughout pregnancy, breastfeeding and beyond.

Understanding Skin Changes During Pregnancy

Throughout your pregnancy journey, your skin undergoes a remarkable transformation, influenced by a cascade of hormonal shifts and physiological adaptations. Let’s explore how these changes unfold and how you can navigate them with care and confidence. 
Hormonal Fluctuations: One of the most noticeable changes in the skin during pregnancy is hormonal fluctuations which play a significant role in altering the structure and function of the skin. These hormonal fluctuations are primarily driven by increases in estrogen, progesterone, and other hormones such as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). 

 

Increased Estrogen Levels: Estrogen levels rise dramatically during pregnancy, reaching their peak in the second and third trimesters. This hormone plays a crucial role in stimulating the growth of blood vessels, which leads to increased blood flow to the skin. This heightened circulation can result in a healthy glow but in turn, can exacerbate diffused redness and erythema leading to a skin that is easily ‘flushed’. 

 

Progesterone: Progesterone levels also surge during pregnancy, leading to several skin-related changes. Progesterone has been linked to increased sebaceous secretions produced by the sebaceous gland, which can result in increased oil secretions and in some cases, acne formation. Additionally, progesterone can affect melanocyte activity, potentially contributing to the development of melasma, or discoloured areas of skin on the face and body.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG): This hormone, produced by the placenta, is responsible for maintaining early pregnancy. Elevated levels of hCG can trigger nausea and morning sickness in some women. While the direct effects of hCG on the skin are not fully understood, some research suggests that it may contribute to skin changes such as acne flare-ups.

 

Collagen and Elastin: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can also affect the skin’s collagen and elastin fibres, which are integral in providing structure and support. While estrogen can stimulate collagen production, other hormonal shifts may counteract this effect. As a result, some pregnant women may notice changes in skin texture and elasticity, including stretch marks, particularly in areas prone to these changes such as the abdomen, breasts, hips, and thighs.

 

Immune System Changes: Pregnancy involves significant alterations in the immune system to accommodate the growing foetus and prevent rejection of the developing baby. These changes can influence the body’s response to various stimuli, including allergens and pathogens, which may manifest as heightened skin sensitivity or allergic reactions.

 

Vascular Changes: Pregnancy hormones can dilate blood vessels, leading to increased blood flow and potential vascular changes in the skin. This dilation can contribute to the increase in diffused redness and inflammation which can become more noticeable on the face.

With so many changes to the skin and its function during pregnancy, it is vital to ensure you are working with the best formulations to care for the skin safely and gently.

 

dermaviduals leads the way in creating bespoke formulations designed to manage the many skin manifestations experienced during pregnancy. Our formulations are created free from conventional preservatives, emulsifiers, colours, and fragrances with almost all our formulations safe to use during pregnancy – providing you peace of mind during one of the most important journeys in life.

 

Taking a gentle and cautious approach to skincare during pregnancy should be a priority. Safety and simplicity while addressing skincare needs are imperative and the following are just a selection of formulations that we know provide a comprehensive approach for skincare while always maintaining safety.

Tailored Skincare for your Changing Needs

 

dermaviduals formulations can be customised from the very first step! Our Bespoke Cleanser is the perfect option for gentle yet effective cleansing. Your skin treatment therapist will create the ideal formulation based on your unique skin type and fortify your cleanser with actives to reduce inflammation and support the skin barrier during pregnancy.

 

Actives to reduce inflammation and calm the skin including – Aloe Vera Extract, EGCG LiposomesLiposome Concentrate Plus and Boswellia Nanoparticles may be recommended for use as a stand-alone product or mixed into your bespoke serum to support and care for the skin.

 

Other actives such as Green Tea Extract, Vitamin B Liposome Concentrate and Zinc Liposome Serum can be included for those concerned with increased sebum production and acne concerns.

 

For those concerned with increased pigmentation, Vitamin C Liposome Concentrate, Whitening Concentrate and CM Glucan Complex provide the perfect blend of ingredients to manage discolouration.  

 

dermaviduals DMS Base Creams and Base Gel are the perfect option for moisturising the skin providing nourishment while rebuilding and supporting a healthy skin barrier with the option for further customisation.

Another crucial component of skincare during pregnancy is the daily application of sunscreen. As hormonal changes can make the skin more susceptible to sun damage and pigmentation issues, it is important to ensure your skin is protected. dermaviduals Suncream SPF15 provides advanced sun protection reducing the risk of sun-related damage.

 

Overall, the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can have a profound impact on the skin, resulting in a wide range of changes and challenges. Understanding these hormonal fluctuations and their effects is essential for implementing appropriate skincare strategies and managing any concerns that may arise during this transformative time.

 

Taking a proactive yet gentle approach to skincare, pregnant women can maintain healthy, radiant skin while prioritising the safety of themselves and their babies. 

As always, it’s essential to consult with your healthcare provider before commencing any skincare journey and speak to your dermaviduals skin treatment therapist who will be in the best position to provide personalised recommendations. Visit our clinic finder.  to locate your nearest dermaviduals clinic.

 
Written by

Lisa Paone