Pregnancy bring many, many challenges, from nausea and vomiting during the early stages to feelings of bloating and general discomfort during the later stages. One symptom of pregnancy that’s not discussed at length, however, is melasma, a skin condition that’s sometimes referred to as a “pregnancy mask.” But it can come on any time during our 20s, 30s, and 40s.
Specifically, melasma involves the development of brown and gray patches on the skin, often on the face. It’s the result of the somewhat radical hormonal adjustments that accompany the pregnancy, OCPs, or out of the blue. Here are some simple ways to beat melasma…
Consider Switching Medications
Although melasma, a skin condition that involves darkening of the skin in patches, is often associated with pregnancy, it may be caused by certain medications. That’s because melasma is closely tied to hormonal changes that can be caused by pregnancy or certain types of drugs.
If you’re taking a medication that you think may be altering your hormones to the point where melasma is the result, talk to your doctor about switching to a new treatment. If that’s not an option — and for many patients it won’t be — speak with your physician about trying some of the other simple treatments contained in this list.