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Skin In Pregnancy Specialist

Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago

Dermatology located in River North, Chicago, IL

Your skin in pregnancy is different than at any other time. At Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago, the team of experts understands the unique challenges that may arise during pregnancy, and they offer safe and effective solutions in their office in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Call the office or book your appointment online today.

Skin in Pregnancy Q&A

What kinds of skin changes happen during pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a time of major change for your entire body, and your skin is not exempt from these changes. Even woman has her own experiences during pregnancy, but a few of the more common skin changes that may occur include:

Stretch marks

Stretch marks can occur anywhere as your skin quickly expands. They're very common in the belly area in pregnant women.


Melasma is so common during pregnancy that it's sometimes called the "mask of pregnancy." It's a type of brown pigmentation that appears on your cheeks, nose, and forehead.  

Linea nigra

Linea nigra is a dark line extending from your belly button down to the start of your pubic area.

Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP)

With PUPPP, a very itchy rash appears on the abdomen and then moves outward over the next few days. The rash looks very similar to hives. PUPPP usually occurs in the third trimester.

Prurigo of pregnancy

Prurigo of pregnancy is a rash that includes small pinkish or purplish dots. It usually appears in the second or third trimester. 

Pemphigoid gestationis

Pemphigoid gestationis is an autoimmune condition that triggers a red, itchy rash similar to hives. This condition can progress to cause fluid-filled blisters. Pemphigoid gestationis usually occurs in the third trimester and is less common than PUPPP or prurigo of pregnancy. 

Many other skin changes, including acne, spider veins, and varicose veins, can also occur during pregnancy. In addition to skin changes, you might also notice that your hair and nails are growing faster than usual.

When should I see a dermatologist about skin in pregnancy?

If you develop any uncomfortable or unsightly skin changes during your pregnancy, it's important to see the professionals at Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago as soon as possible. 

The team of dermatology experts knows exactly how to diagnose and address skin pregnancy problems in a way that's safe for you and your developing baby.

How are skin issues treated in pregnancy?

There are many different approaches for skin problems in pregnancy, including:

  • Oral corticosteroids
  • Topical corticosteroids
  • Antihistamines
  • Light therapy (phototherapy)

A wide range of treatment options are safe and effective for pregnant women, and the Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago team always tailors your treatment to your individual situation. 

For help with skin problems in pregnancy, call Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago, or book an appointment online today.