Discoloration During Pregnancy

Using sunscreen every day when you're pregnant can help prevent melasma, a skin condition that is believed to be caused by either hormonal changes or sun exposure. Resulting in dark patches on the upper cheeks, nose, lips and forehead, melasma commonly occurs in women with light- to dark-brown skin and dark eyes.

A physical sunblock with SPF 30 or higher should be used every day to shield your skin from cancer-causing UV rays and help protect against melasma. You may also want to avoid products that contain soy, since it may exacerbate the problem.

Although melasma can persist for many years, it can be successfully treated post-pregnancy with topical bleaching agents, laser or plasma skin regeneration.

Hydroquinone, the most common bleaching agent prescribed by doctors and found in some over-the-counter products, should not be used during pregnancy since studies have not been conducted on the effects of its use on pregnant women. As an alternative, try vitamin C creams, as well as glycolic and kojic acids, which are safe treatment options during pregnancy, especially for melasma.

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  • lyn
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    hi ..is it safe to used kojic acid soap and hosehip oil during pregnancy especially first trimester?

  • prerna
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    hi,I am 7th month pregnant and have hyper pigmentation on my nose ,cheeks ,forehead which is very much visible .I have pigmentation mark on my nose but not to other parts before pregnancy .i consult my doctor and he suggested me to apply HQN TM Plus cream on effected part and as well as sunscreen.I have a doubt that its mention on the tube not to use during pregnancy but my doctor told me not to worry and i can apply.please suggest

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  • Tin G.
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    Hi there!!!Would like to ask if its safe to have Silkpeel dermalinfusion/microdermabrasion. I am on my 13th week of pregnancy & my forehead developed comedones breakout (whiteheads, some are pimples). I used to have these before pregnancy but its totally cleared by medication called "Acanya" (clindamycin + benzoyl peroxide combination) but I have stopped using it bec. I'm pregnant. Now, this nightmare of microcomedone breakout is all over my forehead again. I want my baby to be safe of course. But I wanted to have a pregnancy glowing clear skin as well. Is it baby safe to have Silkpeel dermalinfusion that uses a diamond head device that works like a microdermabrasion & insfuses a serum (either kojic acid, hyaluronic acid & salycylic acid)? Which among those serums are safe to infuse on the facial skin? I NEED HELP!!! Before my forehead skin condition all the more worsens. Thank you! More power!

  • Mikaylia
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    Thanks so much for you reply. I will definitely take your advice and just focus on using a high SPF all year round. Hopefully, after I have this baby and done with breastfeeding, I can try something like Triluma (sp?)...I heard it works wonders. Thanks again! Mikaylia

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    Hello Mikaylia, I know dealing with Melasma is very frustrating and it sounds like you have had it for some time even prior to pregnancy. My suggestion is not to try to lighten it while you are still pregnant. Wait until you have had your baby and then give it another 6 months for your hormones to calm down, or whenever you stop breastfeeding. It is not worth doing any lightening at this time. Your hormones and skin have a life of their own right now, so just continue with your daily regimen and use a very good physical SPF and/or a hat. I would recommend a sunblock of SPF 60 every day even in the winter months, especially when you have Melasma. Tinted sunblocks are a make-up and sunblock in one. Cover-up and you will feel better about your skin. Some practitioners say it is fine to use AHAs and Salicylic acids during pregnancy and others prefer that you stay away from them. I know this may not be what you wanted to hear, but don't worry about it for now and just enjoy this time!

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    Hi there, I was thinking about buying Mela-D by Biomedic (La Roche Posey) and it has Kojic Acid, LHA, and Glycolic Acid, and I'm into my second trimester of pregnancy. I was wondering if these ingredients are safe to use while pregnant to help with my melasma (which occurred a couple of years before I got pregnant). Also, are there any side effects to Kojic Acid or LHA? Thanks so much! Mikaylia

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    Yes, it is important to use a sunscreen with at least a SPF 30 when you are pregnant to prevent Melasma (skin discoloration). My advice is to look for a sunscreen that contains the physical blocks: zinc and titanium dioxide. One protects better from the UVB and the other from UVA. It is also important to use sunscreens that do not contain Retinol Palmitate. Over 40% of sunscreens on the market contain this ingredient and it is especially important for pregnant women to avoid these brands. Because of the tremendous hormonal upheaval during pregnancy, the skin is very susceptible to discoloration. So I would even recommend wearing hats, as well as other protective clothing, when outdoors. If you are pregnant and do develop discoloration, don't be too concerned until after you have had the baby and your hormones begin to return to normal. Otherwise, you'll be fighting an uphill battle. As the article mentioned, vitamin C is a good and safe option that can also offer added protection from the sun. Your best bet, however, is to wear sunscreen always and to reapply it often. That way you're sure to be safe.

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