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Mask of Pregnancy (Melasma)

Pregnancy Symptoms & Discomforts

Melasma is a dark skin discoloration that appears on sun-exposed areas of the face. Melasma is a very common skin disorder. Though it can affect anyone, young women with brownish skin tones are at greatest risk.

Melasma is often associated with the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Sun exposure is also a strong risk factor for melasma. The condition is particularly common in tropical climates.

Melasma doesn't cause any other symptoms besides skin discoloration. A uniform brown color is usually seen over the cheeks, forehead, nose, or upper lip. It is most often symmetrical (matching on both sides of the face).

Avoiding the sun and using sunscreen are key to preventing melasma. Be sure to speak with your doctor or health care provider before using any creams to improve the appearance of melasma. Avoid chemical peels, topical steroid creams or laser treatments while you are pregnant.

Melasma often fades over several months after giving birth. It may return with additional pregnancies.

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