PREGNANCY, PIGMENTATION AND SUNSCREEN:
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that stimulate pigment production in the skin, putting pregnant women at risk of “pregnancy mask”: Brown patches on the forehead, cheeks and above the upper lip. Even everyday sun exposure can trigger these pigmentation issues, so the golden rule is to protect your skin every day, even when you’re not on holiday. As a real-life example, Marie shares her story of pregnancy mask and explains how she avoided it in her second pregnancy. Of course, pigmentation problems such as dark spots, melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation are not limited to pregnancy. They are also associated with sun exposure and ageing in general. To prevent pregnancy mask and other skin pigmentation problems:
• Shield your face with a hat and sunglasses
• Protect your skin with SPF50 broad-spectrum (UVA-UVB) sunscreen of suitable for use during pregnancy, for example from the ANTHELIOS range. Avoid sunscreens with oxybenzone as there is some controversy over this ingredient in pregnancy.
• Reapply sun protection thoroughly every two hours
• At home, morning and evening, use a pregnancy mask treatment such PIGMENTCLAR Serum for prevention and correction of pigment patches
• Your dermatologist can also recommend various techniques for correcting dark spots (microdermabrasion, chemical peels, IPL, laser, etc.).