Pigmentation In Pregnancy:- When I was pregnant, there were many changes to my body that I was not ready for. But one of the changes that made me feel the most self-conscious was the change that happened to my skin.
The pigmentation on my face, especially under the eyes, became really noticeable towards the end of the pregnancy. When I look at the pictures now, that's all I see.
It is estimated that up to three quarters of pregnant women have these spots, also known as "pregnancy mask". In women with darker skin, the spots may be lighter than normal.
Pigmentation during pregnancy is linked to increased estrogen levels in a woman, according to dermatologist Dr. Michael Rich.
“A physiological increase in pigmentation is observed in all pregnant women,” he explains. "This is most noticeable along the line down the center of the abdomen, called the black line, around the nipples and areolas, and around the genitals and perineum."
It also occurs in areas exposed to the sun - “on the face, usually on the cheeks and above the upper lip,” as Dr. Rich points out - because the body can react to sunlight by producing too much melanin, the tanning hormone. which causes dark skin