I have melasma, or what is sometimes called 'mask of pregnancy' or 'pregnancy mask'.
I got it in my third pregnancy and my OB/GYN told me it would probably go once I gave birth. 'Probably' being a key word! Nearly two years later it is still here.
Melasma is a tan or brown patch that women often get in pregnancy (although men can get it too) and can be made worse by sun exposure. It's usually on the face, particularly the cheekbone and forehead area. That's exactly where I have mine. Some women do not lose the melasma after birth and I'm one of them.
It doesn't really bother me from an aesthetic point of view because it's high up on my forehead by my scalp and I wear bangs and I have a little on the top of my cheek bones that can easily be covered by foundation.
I'm wondering if I should see a dermatologist about this or just put up with it? Even though it's not life-threatening or even life-changing, I'd be happier without it. When I am just natural, without concealer, it can be quite noticeable. I have read that some prescription creams can work.
Has anyone else had this?
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