All Woman

Your pregnancy: Melasma

Wednesday, December 25, 2013    

Print this page Email A Friend!

Many people speak of the pregnancy glow, but for several mothers-to-be, pregnancy comes with blotchy, brown spots on the face, usually on the cheeks, the forehead and on the nose.

Called the 'mask of pregnancy', melasma can fade on its own after childbirth.

Melasma always becomes worse with sun exposure, Dermatologist Dr Neil Persadsingh said.

It is a condition triggered by the sun, birth control pills and female hormones oestrogen and progesterone. Other triggers include genetic factors.

Melasma also seems to be more common in people of lighter complexions.

The only symptom of melasma is change in skin colour, which can cause distress for the pregnant woman.

The dark patches usually match on both sides of the face.

For treatment, the dermatologist will examine the face with a Wood's lamp to help guide treatment.

Treatment may include prescription creams or chemical peels.

Melasma often fades when the pregnancy ends but the problem may come back in future pregnancies.





1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper – email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus


Has a mate ever cheated on you?

View Results »

Results published weekly in All Woman


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon