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Only on SkinInc.com: Beautiful Skin During and After Pregnancy

Posted: February 8, 2012

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Stretch marks may appear on the hips, stomach, upper thighs or breasts during pregnancy. They develop deep within the dermal layers and may begin as red lines during pregnancy and change to shiny, white lines post-pregnancy. Some clients may also develop an itchy rash known as PUPPP (pruritic uticarial papules and placques of pregnancy) during the last part of their pregnancy. PUPPP usually resolves after the pregnancy. Lasers can reduce the redness in stretch marks.

According to Saad, the appearance of stretch marks can be managed if they have a lot of blood vessels (and are more noticeable) by being treated with a V beam or pulsed-dye laser.

Saad also says that PUPPP is an itchy rash that can appear at the end of the third trimester and after delivery. It’s harmless and can be treated with topical steroids.

Acne and scarring

Acne isn't just for teens. Expectant mothers may experience acne brought on by changes in hormones and/or elevated levels of cortisone in the body (due to stress) for the first time during their pregnancy. Although most acne outbreaks are not severe in some cases, acne can result in scarring. About 40% of individuals with acne in general benefit from treatment by a physician. There are several topical acne medications that may be safely used during pregnancy and will not harm the fetus. Consider referring your client to a dermatologist that prescribe a topical acne medication that is right for you.

Severe acne during pregnancy can result in acne-scarring. It does no good to try to reduce your acne by picking and scratching at it. The picking and scratching of acne (a condition known as acne excoriée) can lead to infection and scarring. If you suspect that your client has acne excoriée, consider referring them to a dermatologist for treatment.