Chloasma During Pregnancy

Chloasma is a very common skin condition that is known to affect at least seventy percent of all pregnant women. Also referred to as melasma, it is characterized by the appearance of dark patches on the surface of one’s skin. The main areas to be affected are the upper lip, forehead and cheekbones. However, the condition may also manifest itself on the neck, lower cheeks, chin and nose.

The patches formed are darker than the surrounding areas of skin and they have distinctive borders.

They may also vary in color from one woman to another, from being light to dark brown. Women with darker skin tones have been found to be more prone towards this condition, as compared to those with lighter skin tones.

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Reasons for Chloasma During Pregnancy

Chloasma in pregnancy occurs mainly due to hormonal changes. Melasma generally does not call for any kind of specialized treatment as the condition is considered to be normal among pregnant women. The patches normally last till the end of a pregnancy, after which they disappear on their own accord. At times however, they may persist, lasting long after the pregnancy. This may then require medical attention and treatment. Here are a few home remedies that can help in treating this condition to some extent. Lemon juice is considered to be one of the best remedies for chloasma. This is mainly because it plays the role of a natural bleaching agent. Take a medium sized lemon and squeeze out the juice. Apply a few drops of this freshly squeezed juice on the affected area and let it air dry naturally for 10-15 minutes.

Thereafter rinse it off with cold water. Do not step out into the sun for at least two hours after the application, as it will darken the skin even further.

Remedies for Chloasma During Pregnancy

Onion juice is also beneficial for treating chloasma during pregnancy. Blend a small onion and then squeeze out the juice. With the help of a cheesecloth, strain the freshly squeezed juice into a small bowl. A tablespoon of this juice should then be mixed with an equal amount of apple cider vinegar. Apply a few drops of this juice onto the affected area with the help of a cotton ball. This remedy needs to be performed on a regular basis for the patches to lighten. Apple cider vinegar when mixed with an equal amount of water can also be used for treating this problem. This remedy will help in brightening, as well as lightening the skin.

Chloasma During Pregnancy
Chloasma During Pregnancy
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