By Lindsay E. Mack, Oct 2, 2019

Also known as the “mask of pregnancy,” melasma is a common skin condition encountered during gestation. For most people, melasma causes the appearance of darker patches of skin on the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin, as well as the area just above the upper lip, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. These patches may be brown or gray-brown in color. “Most of the time, melasma fades post pregnancy, but for others it doesn’t for an unknown reason,” Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, double board-certified in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals Lincoln, tells Romper via email. “For those individuals where it doesn’t, seek consultation with a dermatologist, as there are certain dermatological options to address it.”

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