Honestly, I feel like I have PTSD from the melasma I got during my first pregnancy. And the hormonal acne, but that's a story for another day.
You see, when I fell pregnant for the first time, I was pretty oblivious to the skin changes that can take place when growing a baby. All I’d ever heard about was ‘the pregnancy glow', but I'm sorry to break it to you... I'm 97 per cent sure 'the glow' doesn't exist. (It can for some, so there is a glimmer of hope!)
Pregnancy causes a number of changes in your skin due to fluctuations in hormones and blood flow. These can include anything from an increase in acne and developing varicose veins, to stretch marks, skin tags and, in my case, changes to skin pigment (and I’m talking all over your body).
Hyperpigmentation and melasma on the face are common in pregnancy, which would be fine if you were allowed to use all the active skincare ingredients to get rid of it while pregnant or breastfeeding. A cruel joke, I know.
If you're wondering how to treat hyperpigmentation and melasma safely during pregnancy, here's everything you need to know, including the pregnancy-safe serum I used to lighten my pregnancy pigmentation.
What Is Hyperpigmentation?
Firstly, here's a quick rundown of the terms you need to know:
Pigmentation refers to colouring of the skin and is generally caused by an excessive production of melanin (melanin is the natural pigment that gives our skin its colour).
Hyperpigmentation is a condition where areas of the skin become darker in colour compared to the skin that surrounds it, making the overall appearance of the skin look uneven and sun damaged.
Things like sun exposure, skin injuries and inflammation can trigger melanin production resulting in hyperpigmentation, but so can the changes in hormones you experience when growing a small human. This hormonal type of hyperpigmentation that appears during pregnancy is called melasma.
You can learn more about pigmentation and how to treat it in this episode of the Beauty IQ podcast below!