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3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

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11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Pregnancy and Your Skin

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Not all women experience the “glow of pregnancy.” If you are expecting and your skin feels and looks less than glowing, you are not alone. In fact, you are in the majority. Your body is undergoing significant hormonal changes, which can affect your skin in a number of ways. While a lucky few may encounter a more brilliant complexion, most pregnant women suffer from some unfavorable skin changes.

Drastic hormone and body changes during pregnancy are responsible for the following skin changes:

  • Acne: Your teenage acne problem can suddenly hit you in the face again (literally). Rest assured that this is likely to subside after you deliver. In the meantime, use a daily cleanser and ask your dermatologist for a safe topical ointment if it is severe.
  • Spider Angiomas: These are collections of tiny dilated blood vessels that usually radiate from a central point (resembling a spider). They most often appear on the face and chest. Angiomas may clear up after pregnancy, but if not, they can be treated effectively with lasers.
  • Melasma: Known as the “mask of pregnancy.” Melasma is blotches of excess pigment on the face. It occurs when the sun-exposed skin on the upper cheeks, forehead, and/or upper lip turns a tan, brownish color. If your melasma does not go away after pregnancy, ask your dermatologist about a chemical peel or bleaching cream.
  • Stretch Marks: It is truly amazing how the skin expands to carry a child. However, you will probably be less than impressed with the stretch marks that are left behind. More than 90% of pregnant women will develop stretch marks during pregnancy, which appear as pink or purple bands on the stomach, breasts and thighs. If you are in your early stages of pregnancy, be sure to ask your dermatologist about lotions and creams you can use to help prevent stretch marks. Exercising during pregnancy helps too.

There are many other skin changes that can occur during pregnancy, including rashes, psoriasis and others. A dermatologist can effectively and safely treat most of these. Although there are some predictable skin changes that occur during your months of pregnancy, you should always discuss your changes with your physician if you are concerned. In most cases, your skin conditions are only temporary or can be successfully treated after pregnancy. At Olansky Dermatology Associates, we offer comprehensive skin care for women, including laser treatments, aesthetic services, surgical procedures and more. We can help you focus on your caring for your new baby and not the skin flaws that pregnancy left behind.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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Olansky Dermatology AssociatesAtlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

4.7/ 5.0

Based on 229 reviews

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
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Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

Janet R.

I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.