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The Mask of Pregnancy

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It is no surprise that pregnancy brings on numerous changes within a woman’s body. Beyond an expanding belly and swollen feet, some women must also deal with melasma. Melasma is a skin condition that affects millions of individuals. Up to 90% of the sufferers involve women because hormonal fluctuations are a primary trigger. Women who are taking oral contraceptives or who are pregnant are most likely to experience the unsightly skin pigmentation of melasma. Melasma is characterized by patches of darkened or discolored skin on the face, which is why it is often called the “mask of pregnancy.”

What is Melasma?

Melasma results in brown or gray patches on the skin, particularly on the cheeks, nose, forehead, chin or upper lip. This discoloration is triggered by an increased production of melanin in the skin, which can be caused by exposure to the sun, heredity or even certain medications. For expectant women, hormones are the primary trigger.

How Melasma Can Impact Those Who Suffer

While melasma does not threaten your physical health or produce uncomfortable symptoms, it can greatly threaten one’s emotional wellbeing. Visible discoloration on the face can affect one’s self-esteem, especially emotionally-sensitive women who are pregnant or who are in the post-partum period. For some, melasma is challenging and can be a problem that lasts for many years if not treated.

How Melasma is Treated

In some cases, the dark patches of melasma fade away once hormones regain balance. However, there is still a significant number of women who battle this embarrassing skin condition long after they deliver their baby. A board certified dermatologist can effectively treat melasma. Treatments may involve one or more of the following:

  • Topical Lightening Creams
  • Chemical Peels
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Laser Therapy

How Melasma is Prevented

Since genetics play a role in your susceptibility to melasma and hormones often trigger it, it is not always possible to prevent melasma from occurring during pregnancy. However, you can control your exposure to sunlight, which is a notable culprit to melasma and can worsen/darken your pregnancy mask. Wearing proper sunscreen is critical!

Want to eliminate or reduce your “pregnancy mask”? Call Olansky Dermatology Associates of Atlanta. We specialize in advanced skin care for your entire family, including women who are experiencing skin-related side effects from hormonal imbalance.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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Olansky Dermatology Associates – Atlanta Dermatologist
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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Ashley A.

Mandy Ramer, NP-C was such a pleasure to meet with. She listened to all of my concerns and addressed each one with a plan that fit my needs. I am so glad I picked Olansky Dermatology. Absolutely thrilled with their service from appointment setting through check out.

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This was probably the best experience I’ve ever had going to a dermatologist. Every interaction I had with the staff was pleasant and they were so helpful. I had accidentally cancelled my appointment and the girls at the front desk help me get in so I could be seen and someone could help me. Which I really appreciated, most places would have just turned me away. The doctor or pa I saw that day I can’t remember her name was lovely and took great care of me. I will be going to Olansky’s going forward. You will not be disappointed! The staff is excellent!

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Dr. Bender honestly changed my life around. I had extremely bad hormonal and cystic acne, and have been told for years that there is nothing I can do but wash my face and etc.. Dr. Bender gave me hope that there is hope she helped get my confidence back and now I’m finally free. She cares about her patients and takes her time with you every visit. If you need help in anything derma-logical then you really need to go to her.

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The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

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I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

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My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
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I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

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Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

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