Pregnancy Skincare Guide

During pregnancy, the hormones produced can often result in the ‘pregnancy glow’ associated with having a baby. However, you might also have to deal with stretch marks, acne & dry skin during pregnancy.

pregnancy and your skin

This article will contain pregnancy skin care tips to help you keep your skin feeling and looking healthy and radiant as well as how to deal with some of the skin concerns that come with pregnancy.

Stretch Marks

As the body stretches to make room for the baby, the rapid expansion of the skin pulled tight can cause stretch marks to appear, usually in the stomach/hips/thighs area. To support your skin as the baby grows/after you’ve given birth, massaging oils into the affected areas has been known to visibly reduce and help eliminate stretch marks.


Massaging the skin with oils is a great way to increase blood flow in the area and promote the breakdown of scar tissue causing the stretch marks. Try using our NIVEA Cherry Blossom and Jojoba Oil In Lotion to massage your skin in a circular motion for well-moisturised skin. As well as the bonus to your skin, treating yourself with one of our oil in lotion formulas is a great way to relax, unwind and de-stress.

Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

Keep hydrated and use moisturiser during your pregnancy to minimise the appearance of stretch marks

NIVEA Oil in Lotion Cherry Blossom and Jojoba Oil

Acne during pregnancy

Exfoliate For Glowing Skin

What Is Pregnancy Acne & How To Get Rid Of It

During pregnancy, there are an increased amount of hormones in the body. These hormones can increase oil secretion, which in turn may result in increased acne/ breakouts.

Exfoliating is a great way to help keep your skin clear and remove excess oil and dead skin cells. NIVEA Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub smooths the skin’s surface for an even complexion while supporting the skin’s own moisture balance and leaving the skin feeling fresh and looking radiant (read more on how to exfoliate and the benefits). Ensuring you use a face wash in the morning and evening can also help remove excess oil and keep skin blemish free.

Dry Skin

Dealing with dry, flaky skin in pregnancy

Your pregnancy body prioritises your baby meaning your unborn child gets all the moisture before you leading to skin drying out. To bring moisture levels back up and keep the skin hydrated.

In addition to eating lots of fruit and vegetables and drinking your recommended amount of water, we recommend NIVEA Rich Nourishing Body Lotion for 48 hours of deep moisture. NIVEA’s formula is infused with the NIVEA Deep Moisture Serum and Almond Oil, which keeps skin cells healthy and helps skin look smooth, soft & free of lines. The nourishing body lotion also provides protection from UV radiation damage (sunscreen for babies is a crucial part of look after your child) and can heal chapped/irritated skin while helping your skin retain moisture. If you continue to experience issues with dry skin post-birth, NIVEA has great resources to help you understand and treat your dry skin.

Uneven Skin Tone

Uneven skin tone is something that is common in normal life but even more so during pregnancy. As a result of the genetics and hormones large discoloured patches of skin called melasma can appear. However, these often fade post-pregnancy, it’s important to still protect from these conditions by using a high SPF sunscreen. 


As your pregnancy progresses, it’s expected that you’ll be more and more cautious about the products you use on your body. When it comes to pregnancy skin care, you can never be too careful. That's why we recommend you speak with your doctor to discuss any of the concerns you may have regarding the use of any of the aforementioned products in this article.