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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Do I have mask of pregnancy (melasma/chloasma) or rash?

Do I have mask of pregnancy (melasma/chloasma) or  rash?

Brown or red?: Usually mask of pregnancy will be brownish, worsened by sun exposure, and often on upper lip, cheeks, mid forehead. Rashes are more commonly reddish and could be anywhere on the face. Itching would be more common with a rash than with mask of pregnancy. ...Read more

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How to treat pregnancy mask that has not gone away or melasma on my face.

Melasma: There are several modalities to help with melasma. You can consider topical products, chemical peels, pill or laser treatments, ...Read more

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Can I use 2% hydro quinine during pregnancy for melasma. If not please suggest cream?

Avoid: I would not recommend it. A safer choice would be azeleic acid which is completely safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. ...Read more

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I have melasma spots all over my face from past pregnancy and bcp/hormones. Don't want retin-a or hydroquinone 2nd to chemicals. Any effective lasertx?

Various treatments: Melasma can be frustrating to have and a challenge to treat. Daily sun protection is important. Often the best results may occur by using a combination of treatments. These include topical treatments, peels and sometimes laser. Lasers can be helpful, but i recommend treatment with low energies, as higher energies can sometimes stimulate pigment worsening. Even when tx helps, recurrence is common. ...Read more

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I have this dark area on my face that has been there since my last baby was born, three months ago. It won't go away. My mother says that it is mask of pregnancy and may never go away. Is that true?

I have this dark area on my face that has been there since my last baby was born, three months ago. It won't go away. My mother says that it is mask of pregnancy and may never go away. Is that true?

Never Despair!: Working with an excellent cosmetologist or dermatologist, you will be pleasantly surprised that may no longer be true. So many new products and different type laser techniques -you may find excellent success. You may wish to try a tiny isolated area first to be "sure" that tissue reaction is not as bad as the "melasma". ...Read more

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What is "mask of pregnancy?"

Increased pigment: Chloasma, or "mask of pregnancy, " is an increased pigmentation across the face and cheeks due to the high levels of estrogen in pregnancy. Estrogen stimulates the skin pigment (melanin) to darken, and voila! -- the mask of pregnancy. The good news is much of the pigment tends to fade after delivery. ...Read more

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How soon do you get the "mask of pregnancy"?

Depends: Depends on each individual. Not every patient has one. ...Read more

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How can I rid of mask of pregnancy?

How can I rid of mask of pregnancy?

MELASMA fades or....: Melasma is often associated with the female hormones estrogen and Progesterone and is especially common in pregnant women. Studies show creams containing a combination of tretinoin, kojic acid, and Azelaic Acid have been shown to improve the appearance. You may need topical steroid cream or in a severe case, laser treatments can be used. Most of the time it just fades. Congrats re: new baby! ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
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Mask Of Pregnancy (Definition)

Mask of Pregnancy, or Melasma, is a dark skin discoloration that appears on sun-exposed ...Read more