Patches, Splashes of Dark at Skin During Pregnancy Mask

Pregnancy - United States (on September 14, 2014 09:35 AM)

Pregnancy mask is medically referred to as Chloasma during pregnancy. During your pregnancy you may find getting patches or splashes of dark colored skin on your face particularly your cheeks, nose, upper lip and forehead. For women who are have a dark colored skin the probability having pregnancy showcase itself on your face is more common.


 

Melasma is another medical term used for pregnancy mask. Women are likely to find themselves getting ache during pregnancy as well. These appear as patches of dark skin across your facial region and are can be highly probable for those who have it congenitally or if it runs in your family.

 

Pregnancy mask is not meant for face only, but you may find hyperpigmentation or this kind on many parts of your body. For women with a lighter colored skin this discomfort of pregnancy has a lesser probability of occurring.

 

Other areas of target for this pregnancy mask to takeover are you’re the areas of your body that are already darker than your usual skin color, like your nipples, freckles (if you already have them), scars, and your thighs and underarms that encounter more rubbing while their movement then the other parts of your body.

 

The most likely cause behind a pregnancy mask is the stimulation of pigment-producing cells in the female sex hormones.  Second most probable cause of these pigments on your skin or dark patches is your skins genetic predisposition to them, or like we said; if it already runs in your family.

 

These dark patches look exactly like those found on the skin of women with lighter skin color; living in regions where they are more often exposed to the sun.The good news is that this skin condition is nothing to worry about, as it will get to normal once you have given birth, but it might leave a few freckles on your face.

 

Just like along with this pregnancy mask often accompany acne, it also creates a line running down your your belly to the pubic bone. This line in medical terms is known as linea nigra. Now the interesting part is that this line is not new to your belly but it has always been there, only that before pregnancy it is referred to as linea alba and it is less and at times not visible at all since it is the same color as your skin.

 

The darkening of skin and the splotches and patches are actually a result of production of melanin which becomes highly active during pregnancy and is merely a determinant of the color of your skin. This melanin is the same polymer that determines the color of your hair.

 

Once your pregnancy is over these patches and splashes of dark skin tend to fade away in a couple of months but they might leave a trace behind. 

 

What can you do about the pregnancy mask?

1-Take good quantity of folic acid. This can be in the form of prenatal vitamins as suggested by your healthcare provider. Addition of fiber to your diet can do wonders too. It may help you deal with your pregnancy mask as well as ease or prevent you from getting constipated, which in the longer run will also help you ease hemorrhoids which are another discomfort that pregnancy brings along with all its joy. Healthy food during pregnancy may comprise of fruits and vegetables, and your quick snacks are always good if they are a slice of a whole-grain bread or whole-grain cereal.


2-As far as creams and lotions are concerned, such commercialized facial treatments often fail to show their results during pregnancy. It’s better to use a concealer to cover these patches rather than exerting yourself with shopping for bleaches. 

 

3-When exposed to sun you can go for a sunblock, whichever suits your skin

 

After the pregnancy is over this discoloration of skin will usually naturally go away, but if it continues you can talk to your dermatologist. Remember! This skin discoloration will take some time to go away and instant results are not possible even if you get it treated with hydroquinone or glycolic acid as usually recommended by skin specialists.

 

In case the patches and skin discoloration accompanies; bleeding, pain, redness or tenderness that is excessive, then you should immediately contact your doctor as it can be an alarm of a skin disease. Same goes for those women who may experience a change in the color or size of a mole that they already have. 

 

 

 

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