What to Know About The Mask of Pregnancy

By https://www.tracyevansmd.com/author/
October 15, 2017

Melasma | Skin Condition San Francisco, CA | Corte MaderaPregnancy is a wonderful part of any woman’s life because you get to experience the joys of bringing a human into this world. However, not all pregnancies are as fairytale-esque as the movies have us believe— leaving women with severe morning sickness, back pain, migraines, and a skin condition called melasma or the mask of pregnancy.

What Is Melasma?

Melasma is a skin condition that causes patients to experience brown or gray patches all across their face— primarily on areas such as the forehead, bridge of the nose, chin, cheeks, and above their upper lip. Melasma gets its nickname called the mask of pregnancy because it can sometimes affect pregnant women who are going through hormonal changes— making them feel like they are wearing a mask across their entire face.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the good news about melasma is that it’s just a topical problem that doesn’t cause patients to experience pain or discomfort. So, although it may be a nuisance to get it during your pregnancy, at least it won’t contribute further to your discomfort.

How Is It Treated?

During your initial consultation with Dr. Tracy Evans, you will go over all of your treatment options to decide which one is right for you and is safe for your pregnancy. Traditionally, melasma treatments include skin peels, prescription medications, laser treatments, and cosmeceutical products. However, not all of these treatments may be suitable to use during pregnancy, so we will have to evaluate your options in person. Additionally, to prevent your melasma from darkening or getting worse, we encourage all of our patients to wear sunscreen every day; even if they aren’t spending too much time in the sun.

Schedule a Consultation

Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy by getting your melasma properly diagnosed and treated. Schedule your consultation at one of our two locations today!


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