Melasma, also known as the “Mask of Pregnancy” or chloasma, is most common for those with darker skin. These lovely little splotches can appear on your lip, nose, cheeks or forehead, or true to its name, right around the eyes, much like a mask. You might also find dark spots on any areas of your body that are regularly exposed to the sun. The good news is Melasma doesn’t last. Your pregnant body is producing more Melanin - a natural substance that colors your hair, skin and eyes - which creates the discoloration now. All of those dark splotches will be gone soon after your baby arrives.Jump To Full Article Below
THE MARK OF PREGNANCY
You’re pregnant, but you never planned on looking like a masked superhero (although carrying a baby for nine months should make you one). If it helps, you’re not alone. 50-75% of women - especially those with a darker complexion, experience discoloration, commonly called melasma, during pregnancy. You may find these dark spots hanging around your forehead, nose or cheeks.
Like most problems that occur during pregnancy, an increase in hormones causes melasma, but these unwelcome patches will fade shortly after delivery.
While bleaching and laser solutions are available after baby is born (and after nursing), you can ask your doctor about options for melasma treatments. For now, however, you’ll find corrective concealers and foundations are your new best friends.
How do I treat melasma while I’m pregnant?
- Take cover: The sun is not your friend. In fact, the sun’s rays can actually make those dark splotches worse. Use a sunblock with UVA and UVB protection, that’s SPF 15 or higher. If you live in a sunny location or work outdoors, be sure to keep applying sunblock throughout the day. And remember, the sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., so stay indoors if you can.
Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, coupled with a cute hat, can also help keep the sun at bay.
- Love your concealer: Use noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic concealer or foundation to cover dark spots. Be sure each matches your skin color, but in the case of concealer, go a shade lighter. And remember, less is more. Dab concealer or foundation on lightly, and set it with a loose powder.
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