Skin can change during pregnancy and so should your skincare routine. You might find that you break out with acne or experience skin discoloration. This is due to hormone levels. Androgens are the hormones that are responsible for oil production. These hormones are stimulated by testosterone. The increased hormone level can mean an increase in sebum production and in turn clogged pores.
During pregnancy, estrogen and progesterone hormones stimulate melanocytes and that can mean dark spots on your face known as melasma. There are treatments for melasma such as mandelic acid. However, retinoids should be avoided during pregnancy. Alpha Hydroxy acids are typically OK to use.
Remember that others are going through the same thing so don’t get frustrated. For relaxation, a facial is great. Hold off on laser treatments. You can do those after you have your baby! Now is the time to relax and avoid as much stress as possible.