What is the Mask of Pregnancy?

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Many women to be suffer from the pregnancy mask. This is a skin pigmentation condition where the skin, usually on the face, develops dark patches.  During your pregnancy the skin has a lot to endure. Hormonal changes can make your skin uneven and tired and these hormonal fluctuations cause the body to increase production of melanin, which in turn is responsible for skin pigmentation.
Melasma causes grey or brown patches to develop on the face, typically on the cheeks, nose, forehead, chin or upper lip. These patches are completely harmless, and usually fade post pregnancy however for some they are quite the nuisance. 
How you can treat it:
Mind your vitamin C. 
Undo discolouration 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.
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! 
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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. They are also considered safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding but if ever in doubt check with your practitioner.  
Use 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!