What the Hell is Happening to Your Pregnancy Skin?!

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Oh, the joys of pregnancy! While you’re housing a miniature tenant, you’re given a laundry list of do’s and don’ts during a time when hormones are raging. If you’re lucky you acquire the coveted pregnancy skin glow. Also what plenty of my clients would call a myth.

Maybe you’re left wondering what the actual hell is going on with your skin, on top of why anyone wants to eat warm bologna because cold lunch meat is off limits. You know, as you’re questioning the craving of that mini-human inside of you. I mean, bologna is arguably gross as is but who’s to judge a hormonal woman’s cravings? Not to mention, what can you actually use on your skin to combat pimples since salicylic acid and retinol are off limits, per most doctor instructions.

Today I’m sharing tips for your pregnancy skin and safe products you can actually use while pregnant.

This is key, though: I know you’re going to be tired, mini-you is taking all your energy, and soon your spare time. But taking time to care for your skin and not skipping the basics of your skincare routine is paramount. Cleansing, moisturizing, exfoliating, these vital steps will keep your skin healthy.

You may never have a better excuse to get a facial, either. Whether you’re graced with flawless pregnancy skin or encounter imbalances, enjoy some pampering! Even after your cutie arrives, you’ll want a break. I can always help you find a good excuse to get a facial!

We’ll troubleshoot common pregnancy skin dilemmas referred to as PICKLES. See what I did there? When in doubt, always double check with your doctor before adding new products to your skincare routine while pregnant.



The windows of the soul, showing how zapped of energy you are. Dark circles, bags, puffy eyes. A little DIY lymphatic drainage will work wonders. I do this whenever I cleanse or apply eye cream, typicall in the AM.

Doctor not allowing to even think about caffeine? Create a DIY eye treatment with some tea bags! Black or green tea works well. After steeping, cool tea bags before resting with these bad boys on your eyes for 10-15 minutes.  You can also place in the refrigerator to make cold compresses.

Try: Hydropeptide Eye Authority. I’m obsessed. It de-puffs while fighting fine lines and dark circles with a peptide promoting circulation, preventing blood from pooling and becoming stagnant in this delicate area.



If you’re moisturizing regularly and feel like you need more than usual, or if you’re drinking tons of water and can’t keep up with feeling parched, you’re likely dehydrated. Don’t be surprised if you feel you can’t keep up with optimum hydration levels! Dehydration is incredibly common during pregnancy and will continue well into breastfeeding, as your body doesn’t see your skin as a vital organ. All the hydration you’re supplying is going to your other organs, the ones deemed necessary to keep baby healthy. Through the process, topical hydration is best for your skin.

Try: Sarah Nicole Skincare Nourishing Cream. Hyaluronic Acid and lipids are your BFF. Cleanse,  moisturize, repeat. Your skin barrier will be as happy as a clam.



Exfoliating on the reg is going to accomplish a few things for you:

  1. allow your moisturizer and hydrating products to penetrate deep into your skin.
  2. remove dirt and debris build-up, preventing breakouts.
  3. remove dead skin to create a smoother, brighter complexion.

Look for products containing AHA’s like glycolic or lactic acid because salicylic acid is now forbidden.

TryEminence Calm Skin Chamomile Exfoliating Peel. Pump a little on the provided cotton pad, wipe, and leave. Easy-peasy and low maintenance!



Hormonal breakouts are a B to deal with. You’re now limited on products you can use as most acne products contain salicylic acid and/or retinol, two ingredients king for taming acne. Some doctors consider a low dose of salicylic acid OK but consult your MD.

Try: Hydropeptide Clarifying Toner and Spot Correction.  Peptides, Lactic Acid, and Sulfur to the rescue! After cleansing, wipe entire face with toner pads ( cut in half and they’ll last twice as long ). Treat problem areas with spot treatment. Both are totally pregnancy safe and have worked wonders for my clients in the past.



Hormonal pigmentation is a stubborn beast. Heat and sun exposure are known culprits to worsen melasma. Avoiding soy in your diet may help fight said beast. Soy acts as estrogen in the body and can cause melasma to worsen. Ingredients to look for: lethicin, phosphatidylcholine, and soy.

Brightening products will be great for healing post-acne scarring, too!

Try: Hydropeptide LumaPro C. This treatment contains a brightening peptide, shown to reduce the appearance of pregnancy masks. Skinceuticals Discoloration Defense is another good option for those suffering from melasma. A new product to the brands’ lineup, the clinical results look promising.

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About Sarah Nicole

Sarah is a Denver based expert esthetician, known for returning abused sensitive skin back to a glowing state without harsh products while boosting her client's skin confidence and self-worth. Sarah has been featured in Allure, New Beauty, Greatist, NBC News, and D Magazine among others. You can follow her on Instagram @sarahnpayne.

One thought on “What the Hell is Happening to Your Pregnancy Skin?!

  1. Pregnancy skin care is so difficult – living without my retinol while pregnant and then breastfeeding was torture! I was lucky enough not to have to deal with acne during pregnancy but the fine lines that crept in due to lack of sleep after having baby were terrible!

    I still practice lymphatic drainage for my tired eyes, since those only get worse after baby arrives…

    Angela | Blush & Pearls

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