Q I’m pregnant and my skin has completely changed. It’s so sensitive and I’m suffering from breakouts. How do I tackle it? Maddie, Exeter A It’s to be expected that change will occur to the skin during pregnancy. Acne breakouts are particularly common during the first and second trimester. This is due to an increase in hormones called androgens. Expectant mothers need to avoid most prescribed topical treatments, and as such, good daily skin care is the safest course of action. Avoid over cleansing and use an oil-free and alcohol-free cleanser. With regards to your skin becoming more sensitive, one of the most beneficial things you can do is moisturise your skin at least twice a day. I would like to reassure mums-to-be that these changes in pregnancy are very common and they do improve once your baby is born!