What Are Skin Problems In Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes profound physiological changes, some of which can manifest on the skin. These alterations, typically driven by fluctuations in hormone levels and increased blood flow, can lead to various skin issues ranging from benign changes in pigmentation to more severe conditions such as dermatitis and rashes.

What Are the Causes of It?

The onset of skin problems in pregnancy is primarily attributable to hormonal shifts, specifically increases in progesterone, estrogen, and melanocyte-stimulating hormones. These surges can cause changes in skin colour, texture, and elasticity. Moreover, a heightened immune response may exacerbate existing skin conditions or trigger new ones.

Types of Common Skin Problems In Pregnancy

Often referred to as the “mask of pregnancy”, Melasma causes dark, discoloured patches on the skin, typically on the face. It’s triggered by hormonal changes that stimulate excess production of melanin.

Characterised by small, itchy bumps and large patches of redness on the skin, it commonly appears on the abdomen, particularly in stretch marks, and can spread to the thighs, buttocks, and arms.

A rare dermatological condition that typically begins in the third trimester. It presents with pus-filled sores that form around the groin and under the breasts.

Diagnosing Skin Problems In Pregnancy

A comprehensive clinical examination is usually required for a diagnosis. The dermatologist may assess the affected area’s appearance, location, and pattern. In certain cases, a skin biopsy may be performed for a more precise diagnosis. The diagnostic process often requires careful consideration of the patient’s medical history and current health status to ensure the safety of both the mother and the baby.

Pregnancy Skin Problem Treatment Options

The treatment of skin conditions during pregnancy revolves around alleviating symptoms and reducing discomfort. This might involve topical creams for conditions like Melasma and PUPPP or, in the case of Impetigo Herpetiformis, systemic treatments such as corticosteroids may be prescribed. However, treatments must be carefully selected to avoid harm to the developing fetus. In many cases, skin conditions naturally resolve after delivery.

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Dr. Lee Hwee Chyen is an accredited Adult & Paediatric dermatologist managing a wide range of skin, hair and nail conditions. The clinic provides services for medical, surgical, cosmetic, women’s and paediatric dermatology.

  • MBBS (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Most skin changes during pregnancy, such as Melasma and stretch marks, tend to improve or disappear completely after delivery. However, some might persist or only partially regress.

    Most skin conditions in pregnancy are uncomfortable but not harmful to the baby. However, some, like Impetigo Herpetiformis, may lead to complications and require immediate medical attention.

    While it’s difficult to prevent hormonally-driven skin changes during pregnancy, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and proper skin care can help manage symptoms.

    If you notice sudden or severe changes in your skin during pregnancy, it’s advisable to consult a specialist They can accurately diagnose your condition and suggest safe and effective treatments.