During pregnancy, dark patches of skin may occur on the face (often called melasma, chloasma or "the mask of pregnancy") due to excess melanin production as estrogen rises.
However, we don't have to suffer through these unsightly blemishes! Whether your hyperpigmentation is caused by pregnancy, birth control or sun damage, here is our guide on the best treatment for melasma.
Mind your vitamin C. Undo discoloration you may already have while prevent further dark spots from appearing with vitamin C. The topical use of this natural antioxidant can speed up the fading of melasma and freckles. Our BalanC toner is a staff fave for a boost of vitamin C and works great as a melasma natural treatment.
Stay out of the sun. We mean it. While its comforting rays feel great, the sun will worsen your mask of pregnancy, dark spots...and yes, even your stretch marks!
Reach for the vitamin A. Vitamin A is a fave of dermatologists for skin brightening, with more than 700 scientific studies that support its benefits on skin. While pregnant, make sure to stay away from harsh forms of vitamin A like Retin-A, and reach for natural sources to get rid of melasma.
Use an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). AHAs speed up cell turnover, helping fade dark spots and revealing healthy skin. During pregnancy, choose a melasma cream with fruit-derived AHAs to ensure maximum safety for you and baby.
Use a SPF, even on cloudy days. Never ever leave the house without SPF! This is the cardinal skin care rule for anyone who wants to brighten melasma, fade stretch marks and prevent premature aging. Choose a SPF 30 or higher, and remember to reapply, reapply, reapply!
Did you suffer from melasma during pregnancy? What are your favorite methods to fade dark spots? Share your skin care tips below!