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Why Don't I Have the 'Pregnancy Glow'?

Why don’t I have the “pregnancy glow” everyone talks about? My skin actually looks awful. Help!
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March 2, 2017
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Sorry, but the truth is not every mom gets the glow; sometimes it’s more like pregnancy pimples. Here’s why, according to Kenneth Mark, MD, a board certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University:

Shine

Why you’ve got it: Blame it on hormones pushing your glands into overdrive. Specifically, an increase of progesterone and estrogen levels in the first trimester is the cause.

How to fix it: Wash with a mild cleanser. Avoid using harsh soaps or chemicals, and don’t wash more than twice a day, which can actually backfire and create more oil.

Acne

Why you’ve got it: Your sebaceous glands are working overtime now—especially in those first three months when hormone levels rise.

How to fix it: Acne usually clears up on its own. Until then, use a mild cleanser and ask your doctor about topical treatments.

Redness

Why you’ve got it: If your once-attractive blush has veered off into blotchy, red-faced territory, the culprits are your hormones (again) and a blood flow increase of up to 50 percent.

How to fix it: Avoid hot, spicy foods—they’ll just up your circulation even more. To fight the redness, slather on antioxidant cream packed with ingredients like green tea, vitamin C and vitamin E.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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