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Pregnancy causes skin problems for some women. Sustained high levels of hormones give the expecting mother increased blood flow. Better circulation gives the pregnant mum a radiant facial glow. Unfortunately, there are deviant cases for some women as the higher amount of blood flow gives them acne. Pre-existing problems like eczema and psoriasis may improve or worsen during pregnancy.

Skin becomes more oily during pregnancy. The oil clogs up the pores if you don't practice regular skin cleansing routines. Every pregnant woman should exercise more skin care to overcome this oily skin problem. Every morning and evening, scrub your face with a gentle cleanser. If your nose is also very oily, scrub during your lunch-break too.

Once a week, use a mask to correct your skin problem. Read the ingredients indicated on the label and avoid products with steroids. For oily skin, use a purifying mask to to cleanse your pores. If your skin is dry, get a hydrating mask to restore the moisture. To a certain extent, masks exfoliate the surface layer of skin cells and thus can't be used more than once weekly. Your face will look cleaner and whiter immediately after scrapping off the mask. Don't overdo it or your skin becomes raw with peeling.

Another common skin problem is hyper-pigmentation during pregnancy. Yellowish brown or black blotches appear on the face. To prevent these temporary discoloration, use a sunblock. These spots and dots will clear up naturally after your delivery so there is no need for treatment. The sunblock prevents sunlight activating the pigments to form under your skin.

Stretch marks may remain after delivery so the best way to deal with it is to massage the abdomen during the first trimester of pregnancy. There are anti-stretch mark creams but these will only work if you apply them consistently daily during the first trimester of pregnancy. The creams help the skin as it expands so that the skin remains elastic to accommodate the increasing expansion. After the first trimester, it is too late to help the skin as it is already damaged. Stretch marks are permanent scars which do not go away after delivery.

The important point to note in every skin care routine is to keep the skin clean. Scrub with your cleanser daily. Other necessary measures are eating a balanced diet and getting sufficient sleep. Avoid heavy make-up as this irritates the skin and suffocates it. Skin needs to breathe too.

The majority of all skin problems will disappear after delivery. You only need to cope by preventing the condition from showing up too much to be noticeable. Some women are depressed and discouraged upon seeing their complexion marred by problems. By exercising some preventive measures, you can avoid the problem from becoming serious.