Pregnancy mask or chloasma: how to avoid it?

Pregnancy mask or chloasma: how to avoid it?

Pregnancy mask (chloasma or melasma) is a common skin condition in pregnant women, manifested by the appearance of small brown spots on the face. It seems that pregnancy mask is more common in women with darker or matte skin! Why brown spots? How can they be avoided? Are there any solutions? Elia tells you all about it!

What is a pregnancy mask?

Pregnancy mask is a very common skin condition among pregnant women! It manifests itself as brown patches, often symmetrical, mainly on the face, but also on the neck, arms and legs during pregnancy. The spots are generally light to dark brown in color, and can vary in size and shape. Melasma or chloasma occurs in 10-15% of pregnant women!

Why do dark spots appear during pregnancy?

At present, the exact causes of pregnancy mask are not fully understood, but it is known that pregnancy hormones, in particular estrogen, play an important role in their appearance!

Skin pigmentation is also intensified during pregnancy, which can contribute to the formation of brown spots. This is why women with darker skin also have a higher risk of developing a pregnancy mask, as melanin concentration increases during this period. But environmental factors, such as exposure to the sun without sun protection, can also encourage these brown spots. If you see them appearing, it's important to consult a dermatologist for a precise diagnosis and appropriate treatment advice.

What can you do to prevent lthe appearance of a pregnancy mask?

Although pregnancy mask is not a "serious" condition, it's true that these stains can be somewhat embarrassing! But there are a few things you can do to prevent them...

Moisturize and nourish your skin

Hydration, the key to healthy skin? As we all know, sufficiently nourished skin is the basis for avoiding dullness, imperfections and dryness. But properly moisturized skin also helps prevent the appearance of these imperfections. To moisturize your skin, remember to apply a moisturizing cream morning and night, and after every shower, to dry, cleansed skin.

To keep skin hydrated, it's just as important to drink enough water (at least 1.5 liters a day!) .

Use appropriate sun protection

Since pregnancy mask spots are linked to increased skin pigmentation, the use of sun protection is clearly justified! As we all know, the sun can have truly harmful effects on the skin, and many commercially available day creams have an SPF of 15 or even 30.

During pregnancy, it is therefore advisable to limit the amount of time you are exposed to the sun, to avoid s'exposing yourself during the most intense hours (between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.), to wear clothing and hats to protect yourself, and of course to apply sun protection every day, even on cloudy days, summer and winter alike. Remember to choose a sun cream with a high protection factor (minimum 30) and apply it every two hours.

How do I remove pregnancy mask stains?

Although pregnancy spots are not dangerous (nor are they permanent, since they disappear with the arrival of baby), they can be unsightly and embarrassing for the women concerned. Fortunately, there are a number of options for treating pregnancy mask and removing spots.

Natural solutions

Natural solutions for removing pregnancy mask spots include lemon juice or essential oil, apple cider vinegar or emu oil. A little tip: lemon essential oil can be mixed with your night cream to gradually reduce pigmentation spots.

While we wait for the pregnancy mask to disappear on its own after baby's arrival, a concealer stick or a little BB cream will do just as much to reduce them! At the same time, eat a diet rich in vitamin C and vitamin B9 to prevent the appearance of new spots!

Medical treatments

In terms of medical treatments, superficial depigmenting peels eliminate the superficial layers of the skin, thus reducing the appearance of pregnancy mask spots. This technique, performed by a dermatologist, involves the application of depigmenting treatments to "rid" the epidermis of its superficial layers.

Laser or pulsed light (techniques that "burn" the pigment present in the skin) can also be used to reduce spots. But beware: this type of treatment must be performed by a dermatologist!

You can also use skin care products such as creams or serums based on kojic acid, ascorbic acid or hydroquinone, or azelaic acid combined with 3% glycolic acid.


Pregnancy mask FAQ

Does the pregnancy mask disappear naturally?

Have you noticed the appearance of spots on your face or neck? Has a dermatologist confirmed that it's a pregnancy mask? Don't panic: this hyperpigmentation of the epidermis generally diminishes and disappears on its own between 1 and 3 months after giving birth!

What cream should I buy to reduce pregnancy mask?

Some creams, such as depigmenting creams (available over-the-counter in pharmacies), can help reduce the spots caused by the pregnancy mask, and should be applied daily to the face. Some brands, such as Daylily's Radiant Cream SPF50, offer special creams for pregnancy masks.

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