Skin changes during pregnancy

Although changes are observed in the whole body with the changes in your hormones during pregnancy, the skin is the most obvious organ where changes are observed!! The 13 most common changes in this natural process are;

1-Pregnancy mask:

Brown patches called chloasma may occur on the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. Pregnancy hormones cause overproduction of pigment cells and create a pregnancy mask. The mask of pregnancy may be more noticeable in dark-skinned people. These spots can be prevented from getting worse by protecting them from the sun.


Acne may occur during pregnancy. However, since the skin is very sensitive during pregnancy, harsh soaps and cleaners should be avoided. In addition, most acne medications cannot be used during pregnancy as they are harmful to the baby. It is necessary to keep the skin clean with mild cleansers. If your acne is severe, get help from your dermatologist.

3- Cracks:

As you gain weight during pregnancy; Stretch marks can occur as pregnancy hormones affect the skin. These cracks become white and indistinct within 6 months after birth. Unfortunately, if your structure is suitable, it is difficult to prevent these cracks, but it is also possible to minimize them. What can you do?

It is necessary to pay attention to weight gain in a healthy way. Foods with high nutritional value, vitamin E, vitamin C, foods rich in zinc help your skin to be healthy.

It will be useful to massage with oily creams with soft movements.

In addition, it is necessary to keep sweaty areas such as armpits and groin dry. For this, choose clothes that are not tight and breathable.

4-Brown spotting on the belly:

In some women, especially in dark-skinned people, the normally existing navel line becomes more pronounced during pregnancy. This spotting disappears months after birth.

5-Brown areas can get darker!!

Small moles, freckles and brown spots may become more prominent and enlarged. New moles may form. There may be shape and border changes in your moles. Consult your dermatologist to determine whether this situation is risky or not.

Nipples may become darker, which may continue after pregnancy.

6-Pregnancy rash:

Due to the excess of blood, the veins on the skin surface become prominent and cause a reddened appearance on the cheeks. A shy face appearance occurs due to hot flashes.

7-Redness on the palms and soles:

During pregnancy, the palms and soles of the feet may be red due to hormonal changes.

8-Spider veins:

Due to the increased blood flow due to pregnancy hormones, superficial veins may be prominent, spider veins may occur, and varicose veins may become evident. Some of these may remain after pregnancy. Such structures, which disturb the appearance after birth, can be destroyed by dermatologists in various ways.


Due to the increase in body temperature, the skin of pregnant women becomes sensitive and rashes may develop. Especially very hot and very cold environments should be avoided.

10-Skin appendages and skin moles:

In some pregnant women, skin appendages and moles may occur in the body, especially in the armpits, neck, and under the breasts. Some of these may disappear spontaneously after birth. But moles that bother you and grow can be easily removed by your dermatologist.

11-Hair and nail problems:

Hair and nail problems may appear in some pregnant women. These may be due to hormonal changes, anemia and vitamin deficiencies. Hair loss is very evident in the first 6 months after birth. Hair takes time to renew itself. However, in cases of hair loss that lasts longer than 6 months, consult your doctor, because the cause of this condition should be determined and precautions should be taken.


During pregnancy, especially areas with cracks and dry skin may itch. Itching is more prominent on the navel, arms and legs. The areas where the skin is dry should be moistened with suitable moisturizers and water consumption should be paid attention. If the itching is severe, you should definitely consult your doctor in terms of additional diseases!!


In some pregnant women, red, itchy rashes may appear on the belly, arms and legs. This condition usually resolves after birth. Pregnant women who develop such rashes should consult their dermatologist and get advice!!

Pre-existing skin conditions may be exacerbated during pregnancy or a skin disease independent of pregnancy hormones may occur. You should be careful about this and consult your doctor!!