Patchy AD­VICE

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Real Advice -

Q I’VE STILL GOT DARK PIGMENTATION ON MY FACE THAT CROPPED UP WHILE I WAS PREG­NANT. IT’S A BIT LIKE BIG FRECKLES. WHAT IS IT AND WHEN WILL IT FADE?

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GP DR LINDA CAL­ABRESI SAYS: It sounds like you have chloasma (or melasma). This is a blotchy, brown­ish pigmentation that can be trig­gered by preg­nancy. It is caused by the over­pro­duc­tion of the pig­ment melanin from melanocytes. Chloasma can also be trig­gered by the oral con­tra­cep­tive pill and even sun ex­po­sure. In most cases, once the trig­ger is re­moved the pigmentation fades over a pe­riod of weeks. There are no quick fixes for chloasma, but treat­ments are avail­able, so see your doc­tor if the patches per­sist.

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