Dealing with pigmentation during pregnancy (Part II)

In an earlier post, we talked about blotchy skin and pigmentation that many women face during pregnancy.

The condition, called melasma gravidarum or chloasma, is more common among women with darker skin. And while there’s not much that can be done to prevent pigmentation during pregnancy, you can follow some tips to keep it at bay.

What you can do

Skin pigmentation due to melasma usually disappears on its own after delivery. But there are some things you can do to minimize darkened spots on your skin during pregnancy.

The most elementary thing is avoiding the sun. Use sunscreen even when you are not out in the sun. Use a broad-spectrum sun-block that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Opt for a sunscreen with SPF 30, or higher, and use it every day. Re-apply several times if you will be out in the sun for a long time. And remember to cover yourself properly when you are out.

Avoid waxing your arms and legs during pregnancy. Using wax to remove hair can cause skin inflammation that worsens melasma.

Always use hypoallergenic skin care products. Cleansers and face creams that irritate your skin are likely to make your pigmentation worse.

Do not use skin-bleaching products during pregnancy.

Remember that contraceptives containing estrogen can also contribute to melasma.

You can use natural ingredients, such as papaya, cucumber, coffee, clay, charcoal, etc, to combat skin pigmentation. Besides, Aloe Vera is known to reduce the quantity of melanin in the body. Hence, it will help to deal with pigmentation.

Tomato or cucumber juice mixed with milk also gives good results. It can be applied to any skin type.

A fine paste of almonds and honey applied to the affected areas also goes a long way in reducing the pigmentation. Besides, massaging the skin with Vitamin E oil is also a cure.

You can also apply sliced potatoes directly to the pigmented area. Cut a potato in two pieces and gently rub it on skin. Do this on a daily basis.

Another good home remedy is applying a paste of sandalwood powder, turmeric powder and milk to the affected area. Powdered orange peel and lemon juice paste can also be used. And make sure to exfoliate your skin at least once a week.

In addition to these home remedies, eat healthy food and get enough sleep. You may not be able to completely get rid of pigmentation, but you can surely to lighten its impact.


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