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April 14, 2021 3 min read

When you’re about to bring new life into the world, you do everything you can to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Since your body rapidly undergoes numerous changes thanks to pregnancy hormones, you’ll probably experience skin issues like itchy skin, pigmentation, and acne that refuses to go away. While these are temporary, they can affect your confidence and make you feel stressed, which is the last thing you want.

The great news is that there are plenty of pregnancy-safe skincare brands, allowing you to restore your face to its natural radiance without resorting to toxic chemicals that can negatively affect you and your baby. Here are four common pregnancy skin problems and how to relieve them:

Itchy Skin

Many pregnant women start to itch when they’re pregnant, especially in the abdomen area. While annoying, this happens because your body increases its blood supply to the skin. You may have your go-to lotion to relieve the itch, but it may not be formulated for pregnancy, thus containing harsh chemicals that can put you and your baby at risk.

Instead, use organic skincare products. In Australia, they may contain skin nourishing ingredients like glycerin, jojoba and omega fatty acids to hydrate your skin and keep it soft and supple. 

Pigmentation and Dark Circles

Thanks to the constant hormonal changes going on in your body, you may experience pigmentation everywhere: your face, your neck, forehead, eyes, and even your underarms, a condition known as chloasma. Fortunately, there are many natural skincare products formulated to lighten these areas. You can also try natural recipes such as a honey oat mask to exfoliate your skin and a turmeric and raw milk face mask to brighten your skin. Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, making it a natural remedy for acne-prone skin. 

Dry Skin

Even though you’re performing the miracle of creating new life and carrying it in your belly, your body has odd ways of thanking you by giving you dry, chapped skin. Some people have a radiant, healthy glow, while others are stuck with a dull complexion due to pregnancy-related hormones. Luckily, many natural products like coconut oil, wheat germ oil, and even milk cream do wonders for rejuvenating your skin, even during arid weather. These products can nourish dry, cracked skin while providing your skin with essential vitamins and fatty acids that keep it soft and supple.

Stretch Marks

Changing hormones can seem relentless, as stretch marks are often the primary concern during and after pregnancy. They appear primarily on your belly, but they can also appear on your breasts. To minimise them, you can use coconut oil again, moisturising and reducing your stretch marks’ appearance when used regularly. You can also apply topical, all-natural creams to your stomach throughout your pregnancy—just make sure that you use pregnancy-safe skincare brands!


Although nothing can replace the priceless feeling of bringing new life into the world, the journey can seem thankless and exhausting, particularly when your skin suffers. Fortunately, there are many chemical-free skincare products for pregnancy that you can use to look good and feel good without harming you or your baby.

Harlan Skin offers safe,natural skincare in Australia that provides mothers with safe, organic products made for sensitive skin. All our products are locally sourced and created to renew, hydrate, and restore your skin to its gorgeous natural glow without needing to break the bank. Check out our products today to start relieving your pregnancy skin problems!