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A 44-year-old member asked:

Does pregnancy cause skin changes?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Yes: Melasma is the name for the dark splotches than can appear on the face. Stretch marks come from tension on the skin. Acne is common from all the hormone changes. The dark line down the middle of the abdomen is called the linea nigra. The nipples and labia often darken in color. Freckles often become darker as well.
Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Common concerns are increased pigmentation of the face (e.g. Along cheek bones and upper lip, often referred to as the mask of pregnancy) and abdominal stretch marks. Generally increased blood flow may cause a noticeable blush over the cheeks referred to as the pregnancy glow. Acne may become more problematic during pregnancy and spider veins may also develop.

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What are the skin changes pregnancy can cause?

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Several: Melasma, stretch marks, worsening acne, puppps are some of the more common skin changes associated with pregnancy.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Any pregnancy skin changes?

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Stretch marks: The most significant change my patients have complained about is stretch marks.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How do I reduce my skin changes after pregnancy?

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Dr. Patricia Rogers
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Wait a bit: Most of the skin changes in pregnancy will improve or resolve within about 6 months. Some (stretch marks, saggy skin) may not go away. All the dark pigment should go away. Your ob/gyn can tell you what won't improve.

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