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Mask Of Pregnancy Not Pregnant
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Difficult: This is a very tough condition to treat well. Some women will gradually improve over time. If the condition is due to a medicine, like Estrogens in birth control pills, then stopping the pills at the first sign of the problem can help keep it from getting more severe. However, treatment is not that successful. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Just developed what looks like mask of pregnancy above lip and under eyes. 8 months postpartum Are any causes dangerous or just aesthetic?
8 months postpartum and I just now am getting brown spots under eyes and above upper lip. Is this a late mask of pregnancy or vitamin deficincy? Fix?
Melasma...: This could be melasma which is increased pigmentation of the skin in areas exposed to the sun. To avoid getting worse use high SPF (protective) sunscreen lotion. There are a few creams that can be used, like for example hydroquinone, for treatment but needs to be prescribed. I would suggest you to see a Dermatologist (skin doctor) for final diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficult: While there are many treatment options to reduce the pigmentation that occurs in melasma it is a very difficult condition to treat. Seeing a dermatologist will be your best option to determine what may be best for you. ...Read more
Control not cure: The most effective management of "mask of pregnancy" or melasma is combination therapy which may include topical agents to help exfoliation and decrease pigment production (skin lighteners), peels, laser treatments. Melasma treatment can be quite challenging, so patience is key. Consult with a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist with expertise in dealing with melasma or pigment disorders. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers