Pregnancy pigmentation (Melasma)
Ever heard of or experienced Melasma? Melasma or “mask of pregnancy” is brown patches of pigmentation on your forehead, cheeks, and neck caused by your body making extra melanin, the tanning hormone, which protects your skin against ultraviolet (UV) light. It is more common than you might think - about two out of three mums-to-be are thought to experience it.
The reason we get the mask of pregnancy is due to a steep rise in estrogen and progesterone levels that stimulate excess melanin production, also known as hyperpigmentation. That means your skin, freckles, and moles may look darker, there's probably a dark line down the centre of your abdomen (the linea nigra), and your areolas could be a deeper shade.
You may feel self-conscious about your patches, which is understandable. The good news is that these marks should fade about 2-3 months after your baby is born!
You can, however, take some preventative measures to prevent further progression of these marks by:
- Minimizing exposure of your skin to the sun
- Use sunscreen with SPF 30+ when outdoors
- Wear protective clothing such as a hat when outdoors
- Use chemical-free products on your skin wherever possible
If it persists after pregnancy there are laser studios who offer laser for skin blemishes such as melasma.
Did you experience Melasma and have some tips to share? Comment them below for fellow Slim Mamas!