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There are lots of pregnancy myths out there, but “pregnancy glow” is not one of them!  When people tell a pregnant woman, “You’re glowing!” there is a scientific reason behind her glow.  What causes this blessing of pregnancy?  Hormones and increased blood flow.

  1. Hormonal changes:  The hormones Progesterone and HCG cause the skin glands on the face to secrete more oil.  This makes skin look smoother and slightly shinier.
  2. Increased blood flow:  During pregnancy, your body increases the production of blood.  This  causes your skin to look slightly flushed and plump.

Now, on the flip side, sometimes all of the extra oil that is being produced can cause breakouts in acne prone females.  So, not everyone gets that radiant, flawless glow 🙁 .  If you happen to get “pregnancy acne”, let your doctor know and he/ she can recommend treatment options. #DrNita

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