Debunking Common Myths About Skin Changes During Pregnancy


Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lee Hwee Chyen

MBBS MRCP (UK) FAMS (Dermatology)

Debunking Common Myths About Skin Changes During Pregnancy

From stretch marks to itchiness, the skin undergoes many changes during pregnancy, so it’s important to learn how to deal with them safely. But when there are so many myths surrounding the skin in pregnancy, it can be difficult to know what to believe. This article debunks common myths about skin changes during pregnancy, providing factual insights to expectant mothers.

Myth 1: All Pregnant Women Glow

One prevalent myth is that every pregnant woman experiences the ‘pregnancy glow’, characterised by radiant and flawless skin. In reality, the ‘glow’ results from increased blood volume and hormone fluctuations, which might not occur in all women. Some may experience a significant improvement in their skin condition, while others might struggle with skin issues like acne or dryness.

Myth 2: Stretch Marks Are Completely Preventable

Another common belief is that stretch marks, which appear as streaks on the abdomen, breasts, or thighs, can be entirely prevented through creams or oils. While moisturising can help reduce itching and maintain skin elasticity, genetic factors largely determine the likelihood of developing stretch marks. No product can guarantee complete prevention.

Myth 3: Acne Is a Sign of a Baby’s Gender

The myth that acne during pregnancy indicates the baby’s gender—specifically, a girl—is unfounded. Pregnancy acne is due to hormonal changes and can occur regardless of the baby’s sex. Expectant mothers need to consult their doctor before using any acne treatments to ensure the safety of both mother and child.

Myth 4: Darker Skin Patches Will Remain Forever

Melasma, characterised by dark patches on the face, is a common condition during pregnancy due to hormonal influences. Many believe these patches are permanent. However, they often fade post-delivery or can be managed with appropriate dermatological care, emphasising the transient nature of many pregnancy-related skin changes.

Myth 5: Topical Treatments Are Unsafe for Pregnant Women

While it’s true that certain ingredients in topical treatments can be harmful during pregnancy, not all skincare products are off-limits. It’s important for pregnant women to review their skincare routines with their doctor, ensuring they avoid harmful substances while maintaining skin health.

Understanding and Managing Skin Changes

Educating expectant mothers on the normalcy of physiological skin changes during pregnancy and offering guidance on managing these changes can provide reassurance and alleviate concerns. Proper skincare routines, balanced nutrition, and consultation with the doctor can help manage skin changes effectively.


Debunking myths about skin changes during pregnancy can help women gain knowledge and navigate this period confidently. Understanding what to expect realistically can reduce anxiety and promote a healthier, more informed pregnancy journey.

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