Me­lasma

Good Health Choices - - Be Informed -

About 50 to 75 per cent of mums de­velop dark patches on their skin dur­ing preg­nancy, but these skin changes of­ten start to fade as lev­els of oe­stro­gen and pro­ges­terone re­turn to nor­mal. How­ever, they may not go away com­pletely.

What to do

There are a few things you can do to re­duce pig­men­ta­tion and get your com­plex­ion back to nor­mal.

» Pro­tect your skin from the sun at all times. Whether it’s sunny or not, cover up and ap­ply a broad­spec­trum sun­screen to pro­tect skin from UVA and UVB rays. With­out pro­tec­tion from these rays, the dark patches may stay for good.

» Be aware that tak­ing contraception con­tain­ing oe­stro­gen can cause me­lasma to re­cur. Ask your doc­tor about oe­stro­gen-free forms of contraception.

‘It was the tough­est time of my life but I didn’t let on be­cause I felt like a fail­ure’

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