Pregnancy is a time of joy and excitement for women, but it also brings about changes in the skin. Due to hormonal fluctuations, various skin conditions can arise during pregnancy that can be uncomfortable, painful, and irritating. Luckily, there are treatments available to alleviate these conditions, and a dermatologist can help with the process. Let’s take a look at some of the most common skin conditions during pregnancy and the recommended dermatology treatments for each.
Melasma is a skin condition that frequently occurs during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Dark patches appear on the face, especially on the cheeks, nose, forehead, and upper lip. To treat melasma, dermatologists usually suggest topical creams containing hydroquinone, corticosteroids, or tretinoin. Other options include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser therapy, which can reduce the visibility of dark spots.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can worsen acne. Dermatologists may suggest benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid for topical treatment. Depending on the acne’s severity, other medications such as oral antibiotics or other prescription medicines may be prescribed.
Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPP):
PUPPP is a common skin condition that appears during the third trimester of pregnancy. It creates red, itchy, and raised bumps on the skin, particularly on the thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. Antihistamines and topical steroids can help relieve PUPPP-related itching.
Papular Eruptions of Pregnancy:
Papular Eruptions of Pregnancy (PEP) is another common skin condition that occurs during pregnancy. It causes itchy red bumps to appear on the skin, usually on the arms, legs, and abdomen. Topical steroids, oral antihistamines, or UV light therapy are typical treatments for PEP.
Pemphigoid Gestationis (PG) is an autoimmune disorder that is rare but can develop during pregnancy. The skin develops itchy, blistering lesions that typically begin around the belly button and can spread to other areas of the body. Treatment involves the use of topical and/or oral steroids to reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system.
Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP) is a liver disorder that occurs during pregnancy. It causes intense itching on the hands and feet and can be associated with jaundice. Doctors generally prescribe medications to relieve itching and monitor liver function. Delivery may also be suggested, as the condition can worsen in the later stages of pregnancy.
If you’re suffering from any of these skin conditions during pregnancy, it’s essential to consult with a dermatologist. Dr. Neily in Venice, Florida is available to diagnose the condition and recommend the best treatment options to ensure the health of both you and your baby. Contact us today!