What can I do to prevent or treat melasma?

What is melasma?

Melasma (a.k.a. pregnancy mask) is dark patches on the face, potentially caused by the changes of hormones in pregnancy, and made worse by sun exposure and certain cosmetics.

How can I prevent or treat melasma?

The good news is that for most people, melasma will fade on its own after pregnancy. During pregnancy, the best route is prevention. Always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen on exposed skin, SPF clothing, or a broad-brimmed hat, and avoid the sun during peak hours (11 am-3 pm). Use gentle cleansers on your face and avoid rubbing your face excessively while washing.

Resource: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/health/AfterCareInformation/pages/conditions.aspx?HwId=uh4314

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