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.
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