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More surprising pregnancy facts: body changes beyond your tummy








Conclusion  of a two-part column

Last week’s column described some changes during pregnancy besides your growing abdomen — and perhaps your breasts, too — that may take you by surprise. As with many pregnancy changes, hormones and genetics play a major role in most of these changes in your looks. Here are a few more such changes you may notice:

Skin discolorations 

Increased melanin can cause darks spots, especially on the cheeks, forehead, upper lip and arms. These pigment changes will become worse if you don’t protect yourself from the sun. The medical term for this discoloration is melasma. What to do: Protect your face by using a sunblock that offers both UVA and UVB protection with an SPF of 30 or higher, wearing a hat with a broad brim and sun-protective clothing (Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing). If melasma develops, there are several approaches to treating it including topical fade creams, skin peels and lasers. Continue Reading →

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What is melasma and why should I care?








Melasma is a condition where one develops dark brown and gray patches most notably on the forehead, upper lip, nose and cheeks. It can also occur on the forearms and neck. I consider melasma to be a very rapid, uneven suntan.  

Why should I care about melasma? Melasma is a condition that occurs in both men and women. Ninety percent of melasma cases occur in women; however, 10 percent of cases will occur in men. Continue Reading →

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