If you were ever in doubt of the power hormones can have on your skin, you won't be when you're pregnant. Sure, you may well get the gorgeous glow that's synonymous with carrying a baby, but you might also be dealt adult acne, heightened sensitivity and a 'pregnancy mask' of pigmentation. And there you were worrying about the morning sickness (which doesn't discriminate to mere mornings, unfortunately). To help you navigate the beauty minefield that pregnancy presents you with, here's an overview of what might happen to your skin – and how best to treat it.
The problem: The 'mask of pregnancy'
Coupled with increased photosensitivity, you can experience a surge in pigment-stimulating hormones while pregnant and these can contribute to melasma – large patches of discolouration appearing on the face. It is usually genetic and often fades post-pregnancy.