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FAQ’s on Pregnancy Melasma

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Melasma is a common skin condition that is more embarrassing than it is harmful. It causes brown or gray patches on your facial skin, typically the cheeks, nose, forehead, chin and upper lip. The discoloration is due to an increased production of melanin in the skin. While melasma can be caused by sun exposure or a certain medication, it is commonly triggered by a change in female hormones. It affects pregnant women so much that it has been named the “mask of pregnancy.” If you are an expectant mother and notice blotches of darker skin across your face instead of that “healthy pregnancy glow,” you may be asking yourself the following questions:

Are there any tests to confirm melasma during pregnancy?
There are no specific tests to diagnose melasma. However, it is important that you show your skin symptoms to your OB or a board certified dermatologist to ensure you are not experiencing another type of skin disorder that warrants immediate treatment.
How common is melasma during pregnancy?
According to The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, up to 70% of pregnant women develop the mask of pregnancy.
Why did I get melasma and not my pregnant friend?
In some women, pigmentation levels skyrocket when hormones change. It doesn’t mean your pregnancy is in danger or that you are more or less pregnant than your friend. Every woman reacts differently to hormone fluctuation, just like some women get morning sickness while others do not.
How will melasma affect my baby?
Your baby is not at risk due to your melasma patches!
When can I expect my pregnancy mask to fade?
For most, melasma due to pregnancy hormones will start to clear up within a few months after delivering your baby.
Is there anything I can do to lessen the severity of my melasma?
Yes, wearing sunscreen is the best way to prevent further darkening of your melasma patches. Strong sun protection may even help prevent melasma during your next pregnancy. Discuss a safe and effective sunscreen product with your dermatologist. You can also wear makeup to camouflage its appearance.
What if my “mask of pregnancy” doesn’t fade?
Rest assured that there are safe and proven treatments for melasma. Choose a dermatologist that is experienced in treating pregnancy melasma. At Olansky Dermatology Associates, we offer skin lightening creams, chemical peels and even laser therapy to reduce or eliminate dark skin patches.
Don’t let your skin discoloration taint your ability to enjoy your new addition. While pregnancy hormones can do a number on your body, a board certified dermatologist can typically reverse any lingering affects it may have on your skin color. Call Olansky Dermatology Associates today if you want to get rid of your melasma with the most effective treatments available.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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