Some women find their skin looks the best it ever has during pregnancy, but for others the increased hormone levels can wreak havoc on the skin. The changing hormone levels and increase blood flow which are common in pregnancy can result in acne, rosacea, blotchy skin or even the clearest smoothest skin you’ve ever had. And as no two pregnancies are the same, your skin can react differently from one pregnancy to the other.
For many women their first experience with rosacea may occur in pregnancy. This can make treatment difficult as many of the prescription treatment options are not safe for use in pregnancy. The positive part of this is that the skin will often return to within six months of delivery.
One rare form of rosacea called rosacea fulminans or pyoderma faciale that is definitely linked to pregnancy. Some dermatologists see this as a variant of rosacea while others view it as a completely separate condition due to the fact that neither flushing and eye involvement are ever present. And flushing is viewed as a common aspect of rosacea. Rosacea fulminans is seen as large red nodules that appear suddenly on the chin, cheeks and forehead. The condition generally resolves itself shortly after giving birth.
Due to the possible dangers to the fetus, one must be very careful of any type of rosacea treatment during pregnancy. The best options are drinking more water to keep the skin hydrated and reduce itching or the heat from flushing, reduce inflammation and dryness with jojoba oil applied to the dampened skin, or you soothe the skin by applying slices of cucumbers.