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Facial Pigmentation During Pregnancy
I have had fairly bad facial pigmentation, mask of pregnancy, since i was about 6 months pregnant, my baby is now four and a half months old. Although it has faded a little, it still is quite pronounced and i'm sick of it!!! A MD who specializes in cosmetics told me that if it has not faded by now, it likely won't, and she reccomended a facial peel, the ''blue peel'', which is quite pricey. Any and all info on wheather there is still time for my body to fad on it's own, or remedies that work, including results from any one who had a blue peel, is greatly appreciated. thanks! ruth
Also, as I was leaving the office I met a woman who had done the blue peel a month or so ago. She said her skin broke out after having the peel done and to be honest, her skin didn't look that great (could just be her skin, but I guess I was expecting perfection). anon
I am in my second pregnancy, and as happened in my first, I have what I believe is referred to as ''hyperpigmentation'' on my face. Basically, I have dark, mottled patches on the sides of my face, a little on my forehead, and lighter patches on my chin. I feel like Dax, the Bejoran character on Deep Space Nine. This first started years ago, long before any pregnancies, when I was using Retin A for its intended purpose (adult acne) and also using birth control pills. Even though I used daily moisterizer with sunscreen, I developed these dark patches, which I believe were the result of the Retin A reacting to the hormones I was taking. Ugh. I later used both over-the-counter and prescription bleaching creams, with limited success. Then, when I had my first pregnancy, it got worse again; then better after the birth; and now worse again with my second pregnancy. Other than using sunscreen, does anyone have any advice on what I can do to get rid of these patches, either now while I'm still pregnant or later after the baby arrives. Is there anything you can buy without a prescription that actually works? Or should I not waste my money? Is it better to go to a dermatologist and get some prescription cream? Or would it be more effective to go get a facial that addresses ''hyperpigmentation''? Do those facials really work for this? Or do they just make you think you are doing something? And if they do work, how many treatments would I need? Any advice, either from those who have had the same issue, or from those who know skin care, would be appreciated. Feeling Bejoran
I am 38 years old and grew up in a VERY sunny and beautiful place which took it's toll on my skin. I have been seeing Dr. Kathie Rodan - the Proactive doctor - in Oakland for the past two months. First she started me on proactive for some minor adult acne(to prevent further scaring), then on her product line, Radiant, and now I'm into my second session of micro-derma abrasion(skin resurfacing). The results are AMAZING. My skin is smooth, almost feels luxurious and my hyper-pigmentation is almost gone.
I was tired of the the pat responses of my Berkeley dermatoligists - '' Oh, a few sun spots are not life threatening'', ''well, that's what the sun does...'', ''If Retin A doesn't help, not sure anything else will.'' I finally bucked up for a ''cosmetic'' dermatoligist who UNDERSTOOD what I really wanted. By the way, Rodan's line of skin care products can be ordered on-line without seeing her. I do have to say, the micro- derma work has done wonders for me. Good luck! No more spots!
Dermabrasion is another option but that can be uncomfortable. The fotofacial doesn't hurt a bit at the spa but can with a dermatologist. Drama Mama
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