Dry skin breakouts can occur anywhere, even on your abdomen.

How to Handle Dry Skin Breakouts During Pregnancy

by Mimi Bullock

Some women experience increased breakouts when expecting, but oily skin isn't always the culprit. Chronic dry skin can also trigger blemishes and painful irritation. Hormonal fluctuations, stretching skin and increased blood volume all affect oil gland secretion and the skin's overall condition. Achieving balanced, healthy skin while pregnant is challenging; but by addressing dryness through multiple steps in your skin care regimen, you can limit breakouts. Always consult your obstetrician before using topical products that contain prescription-strength ingredients or any products that issue specific warnings for pregnant women.

Examine all your skin care product labels, including foundation makeup and powder. You should use products that are noncomedogenic and unscented. Many fragrance additives dry out the skin. Instead, purchase products that have added moisturizers such as vitamin E oil.

Rinse your face and body with cool water, then cleanse with gentle, non-soap cleansers. Stay away from exfoliating scrubs -- cream-based cleansers are best for dry pregnancy skin. Keep skin from drying further by taking a cool/warm shower; hot baths can take away needed natural oils.

Pat your skin dry with a soft towel. Hydrate your face and body after every shower with moisturizers specific to each. Reapply moisturizer throughout the day to alleviate midday dryness. Many women use arnica oil to treat dry skin around the hips, abdomen and thighs. You can find this type of oil at healthy food supply stores.

Place a humidifier in your room and use it every night. Keep it filled with clean, fresh water. The additional water vapors in the air will help your skin stay moisturized.

Wear comfortable, loose clothing when experiencing breakouts on your body. If your skin becomes damp or rubs, this may worsen or trigger inflammation. It's better to dress in layers so you can control your body heat. A sprinkling of cornstarch on skin areas prone to rubbing can stop outbreaks before they happen.

Examine your skin regularly. Report patches of pimples or prickly heat rash occurrences to your physician. He/she may recommend a low-dose prescription product to treat these spots.

Drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet to maintain your skin's oil level. Hydrate from the inside out.

Items you will need

  • Unscented skin care products
  • Noncomedogenic makeup
  • Vitamin E moisturizer
  • Non-soap cleansers
  • Soft towels
  • Arnica oil
  • Humidifier
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Water
  • Healthy foods


  • If you have severe dry spots such as on your elbows or heels, apply petroleum jelly to these areas right after your shower.
  • Use a hydrating facial once a week to fight off dryness.

About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.

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