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Pregnancy Glow?

Why don’t I have the “pregnancy glow” everyone talks about? My skin actually looks awful. Help!

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Why don’t I have the “pregnancy glow” everyone talks about? My skin actually looks awful. Help!

The Bump Expert

Glow? What glow? The truth is shiny might be more like it; here’s why.

Shine

Why you’ve got it: Blame it on hormones pushing your glands into overdrive. Specifically, an increase in progesterone levels is to blame for a super-shiny complexion.

How to fix it: Wash with a mild cleanser. Avoid using any harsh soaps or chemicals as well as washing more than twice a day, which can actually backfire, creating more oil.

Pimples

Why you’ve got it: Your sebaceous glands are working overtime now -- especially in those first three months when progesterone and estrogen levels are on the rise.

How to fix it: The good news: acne usually clears up on its own eventually. in the meantime, just use a mild cleanser and ask your doc about topical treatments.

Redness

Why you’ve got it: If your once-attractive blush has veered off into blotchy, red-faced territory, the culprits are your hormones (again) and a blood flow increase of up to 50 percent.

How to fix it: Avoid hot, spicy foods -- they’ll just up your circulation even more. Slather on antioxidant cream rich in ingredients like green tea, vitamin C and vitamin e.

The Bump Expert: Kenneth Mark, MD, board certified dermatologist, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University and creator of the Kenneth Mark Skin Care line

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