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What is "mask of pregnancy?"

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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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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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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

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How to get rid of chloasma or the mask of pregnancy?

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

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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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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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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

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As a breastfeeding mother, what is the best treatment for melasma?

As a breastfeeding mother,  what is the best treatment for melasma?

Patients: It may resolve with succession of breastfeeding so patients is the key. However, if it doesn't resolve then I have seen success with chemical peels. Vi-peel and cosmelan seem to work the best. Just remember you must be done breastfeeding to do the peels. ...Read more

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Eli would like to know best treatment for melasma?

Eli would like to know best treatment for melasma?

Discuss with your : Dermatlogist . Commonly used meds include hydroquinone, topical steroids, and retinoic acid. Avoidance of hormone pills and excessive sun exposure would prevent it from getting worse. Check some chinese stores for sebo de macho. Best of luck! ...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