Fact or Fiction: Pregnancy and Skin Care

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4 Min Quiz

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You always hear about that pregnancy glow, but for every pregnant woman with radiant skin you'll probably find three dealing with acne, stretch marks and itchy bellies. Take this quiz to learn about the causes and care for pregnancy skin conditions.

If you have melasma -- otherwise known as "the mask of pregnancy" -- upping your banana intake will help the hyperpigmentation fade.

You should limit your exposure to sunlight -- and always use strong sunscreen -- if you have melasma.


Melasma is caused by insufficient protein intake during pregnancy.

Doctors aren't exactly sure what causes melasma, but it could be hormonal.


Melasma is most common in women with dark hair and pale skin.

True. Again, doctors are not quite sure why.


Don't bother with prescription creams if you have stretch marks -- the best remedy is drugstore lotion.

Unfortunately, lotions and creams -- prescription or not -- don't seem to work very well at all on stretch marks.


That "pregnancy glow" is probably caused by increased blood flow in the tiny blood vessels just beneath the surface of your skin.

Yep -- and another factor could be the extra oil on your face.


Eczema is the most common skin problem among pregnant women.

Haywire hormones make acne the most common skin complaint for pregnant women.


Pregnant women should avoid acne products that contain zinc oxide.

Moms-to-be should steer clear of benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and retinoids when looking for acne-fighting products. On the safe list are sulfur-based products and remedies that include glycolic acid and alpha-hydroxy acids.


The linea negra is a dark pigmented area that runs down the center of a pregnant woman's belly.

The linea negra, or "line of pregnancy" appears down the center of the stomach.


One of the most common causes of pregnancy-related belly-itching is a condition called PURRR.

It's PUPPP: pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy. It's a reaction similar to hives that sometimes hits in the third trimester.


Stretch marks are most likely hereditary -- there's really nothing you can do to prevent them.

You can slather on all the cocoa butter you want, but most doctors say that if your mom got stretch marks in pregnancy, you probably will, too.


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