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Melasma during pregnancy? A dermat suggests the perfect solution to get rid of it

A lot of women experience changes in skin during pregnancy. Melasma is one such condition. Here's what you should do to get rid of it.
Skin problems are mainly a cause of hormonal changes during pregnancy. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Aayushi Gupta Published: 1 Feb 2022, 08:00 am IST
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Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful phases of a woman’s life, but it also comes with stretch marks, weight gain, and certain skin conditions. Women are vulnerable to skin problems during their pregnancy. These skin problems may include dry skin, acne, and stretch marks. Along with that, are you also noticing some new dark brown or blue-gray patches or spots on your face? If so, this is called chloasma and is most commonly known as melasma. Wonder what they are, what causes them and how to get rid of them? Don’t worry, take a deep breath, we’re here to help.

A recent Instagram post by Jaishree Sharad, a certified celebrity dermatologist, tells us about this condition. Dr Sharad also shared some amazing solutions too!

Check out the post for yourself:

What is melasma?

Melasma is seen as dark brown patches on the cheeks and nose and it can eventually spread to the entire face. When it occurs during pregnancy due to hormonal changes, it is known as chloasma. If the pigment is epidermal, it goes on its own or with pigment lightening creams. If the pigment is dermal, melasma may lighten but may not go completely, says Dr Sharad

She also urged her audience not to use or apply any home remedies to treat the condition as it may cause more harm than good.

What can you use to manage the condition?

If you’ve developed melasma, she suggests, always make sure you use sunscreen every two hours when you are outdoors and do not forget the two-finger rule. Also, apply sunscreen even when you are at home.

Moreover, skin lightening cream containing kojic acid, arbutin, licorice, vitamin c, glabridin, and AHA can help manage the spots or patches. In fact, they can be used even while you are breastfeeding. And, of course, tranexamic acid and glutathione are also great ingredients that you can use.

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Melasma during pregnancy is a manageable condition. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Again, you should consult with your dermatologist before starting these ingredients, she says.

What should you avoid using?

Make sure you don’t use hydroquinone, retinol, or any skin-lightening creams containing steroids.

Creams you should not use are:

Melalite, Melrio, Lumacip plus, Skinlite, A ret HC, and similar creams containing betamethasone, fluticasone, hydrocortisone, and hydroquinone.

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About the Author

Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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