One of the less talked about but rather common symptoms of pregnancy is skin tags. A skin tag is flesh-colored, or slightly darker, tiny excess growth of tissue that appears on the skin surface. It looks like a tiny bump of irregular shapes and sometimes hangs off the surface a bit. They are small and almost always benign, so you shouldn’t be too concerned.
What causes skin tags during pregnancy?
Although skin tags can appear in both sexes and start appearing during puberty, they are very commonly found among expecting moms. Why is that? Hormonal changes and increased friction on skin could likely be the cause. During pregnancy, increased leptin and estrogen levels could possibly lead to a rise of skin tag growth. Also, pregnancy weight gain means larger areas of skin will be rubbing against each other or against clothing. Areas such as beneath your breast (due to the friction with the grown belly’s top), and around the nipple, inner thighs, neck and armpits, are common areas that experience new growth of skin tags.
Skin tags on areola during pregnancy are totally benign and shouldn’t affect the baby in any way. However, if they do bother you for aesthetic or other reasons and you wish to have them removed, wait until after birth. Because as a matter of fact, some of them will be absorbed by the skin and disappear on their own after pregnancy. If they do stick around, there are many available treatments to remove them. They are simple procedures that a dermatologist can perform at ease.
Although we cannot completely prevent them from appearing, there are things that expecting moms can do that might help. For example, you could
- Wear loose and comfortable clothing with breathable fabrics.
- Make sure your bras and underwear are well-fitted for your growing body.
- Stay hydrated! Pregnancy affects our skin in many ways. Besides skin tags, dark spot and acne are also very common. Make sure to drink enough water so that our skin cells are well hydrated. Glo Pure Bottle has a UV disinfecting system that can eliminate 99.99% of the bacteria that cause bad smell and weird taste. It also helps to keep the cleanness of the bottle’s interior in check.
- Gently exfoliate the skin once a week can help get rid of dead skin cells, unclog pores, and prevent breakouts. An overall body massage can help stimulate circulation and promote lymphatic drainage. Use Glo910, a well-rounded massager for body-and-skin care. It comes with four different massage heads that can satisfy both your need for a deep tissue massage or a gentle exfoliation.