Treating Melasma: Skin Care During Pregnancy

The Mask of Pregnancy afflicts nearly 50% to 75% of pregnant women. Known as Melasma, this type of hyperpigmentation replaces the radiant glow of an expectant mother with unsightly brown splotches that concentrate on the forehead, checks, or upper lip. Learn more about the causes of Melasma and the available treatments.


Before Picture: woman with ” Pregnancy Mask.” After Picture shows same woman after receiving IPL Laser treatment for Melasma.

Nearly 6 million Americans suffer from Melasma, a form of hyperpigmentation that results in patchy brown spots on the face.  Melasma is caused by several factors such as sun exposure, genetic predisposition, and hormonal changes. Any one can develop Melasma. However it  is predominantly found in women with darker skin tones, during their reproductive years.

Melasma During Pregnancy

Most women experience Melasma when they are pregnant because of the body’s increased production of estrogen and progesterone. Pregnancy induced Melasma is commonly referred to as Chloasma or the  “pregnancy mask.” This mask of pregnancy affects 50% to 75% of expectant mothers. While Chloasma is not dangerous for either the mother or fetus, the patchy skin hyperpigmentation is unsightly, often making women feel self conscious and embarrassed about their appearance.

Melasma Treatment

In the Ehow series “Important Skin Care Tips,” expert Esthetician  and owner of the prestigious NYC medical spa, SKINNEY Medspa, Marisa Martino discusses the different treatment options available for those suffering from Melasma.

Photofacials used to treat Melasma

Many Skin Care experts utilize IPL Laser technology , such as the Photo Facial, which draws out brown spots to the skins surface, to treat Melasma. Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels, and topical creams designed to treat hyperpigmentation are other treatment options commonly used. These treatment options utilize the latest in skin care technology, are non-invasive, and concentrate the treatment solely on the affected area of the body.

Learn more about the Photofacial from SKINNEY Medspa and how this IPL Laser Technology is quickly becoming the leader in treating skin conditions caused by hyperpigmentation.

Don’t permit Melasma to steal the “pregnancy glow” from your complexion. Let the skin care experts at SKINNEY Medspa restore a clear, even skin tone to your face that will leave you feeling radiant and more confident than ever.

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