Pregnancy Skin Care: Get That Glow!


It isn’t just an old wives’ tale — it’s really true. A woman can look most ravishing during pregnancy. Well … make that some women.

Indeed, while pregnancy can leave some lucky ladies looking luscious, for others, all that extra hormonal activity can have the opposite effect, causing a variety of pregnancy skin problems.

“Hands down, acne is the No. 1 antibiotics for acne during pregnancy, Marmur says for patients who don’t get results with topical treatments, prescription oral erythromycin is considered safe to use.

“It should not cause a problem, and if your acne is really making you miserable, this can help,” she says.

What also works: switching to a foundation for oily skin, or using loose powder mineral hair are at greatest risk.

But regardless of your Aveeno soy-based products. “They have a photo-stabilized chemical peel “works like magic” to remove all traces.

Pregnancy Belly Itches

From annoying belly itches to potentially serious body labor pains.

After the baby is born, “Treating stretch marks when they are red or purple can be accomplished with a pulse dye laser,” says Beer, author of Palm BeachPerfect Skin. “Once they have turned beige, microdermabrasion, Retin A, Intense Pulsed Light and injections of fillers have varying degrees of success.”

If you want to try a topical preparation during pregnancy, Beer suggests glycolic acid creams or those containing green tea as most effective on stretch marks.

Pregnancy, Botox, and Wrinkle Fillers

Finally, in case you’re wondering whether or not it’s safe to get wrinkle treatments like Botox or Restylane during pregnancy, it’s important to note that there have been no tests to confirm safety.

Says Marmur: “I wouldn’t advise a pregnant woman to intentionally have a wrinkle injection or a Botox shot. But many women, including myself, had wrinkle injections and then got pregnant within a couple of months and went on to deliver perfect, healthy babies.”

Colette Bouchez is the author of Your Perfectly Pampered Pregnancy: Health, Beauty and Lifestyle Advice for the Best Years of Your Life and editorial director of