by Jessica Migala, Medically Reviewed by Jessica Wu, M.D., Updated: July 22, 2021

Just like your body, your skin has a mind of its own when you’re pregnant. “Pregnancy confers a lot of hormonal changes, and one of the things you may experience is an increase in the activity of sebaceous glands in your skin,” says Kecia Gaither, M.D., Director of Perinatal Services and Maternal Fetal Medicine for NYC Health+Hospitals/Lincoln in New York. That means an increase in oil production, which can plug pores and lead to breakouts.

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