Pregnant women may notice significant changes to their skin. Many are blessed by that “sudden glow”. Many, unfortunately, may see changes such as stretch marks, varicose veins or skin tags. Still, there’s another very common skin condition that many pregnant women are coping with – hyperpigmentation. Facial pregnancy hyperpigmentation a.k.a. melasma or “the mask of pregnancy” affects nearly 50% of pregnant women.


Melasma is a chronic skin disorder which causes discoloration or hyperpigmentation on the face. It can occur when excessive melanin (pigment) is produced by a group of skin cells known as melanocytes. As the melanocytes continue to produce more pigment, the skin gets darker. Furthermore, female sex hormones play a big role when it comes to hyperpigmentation and may trigger melasma during pregnancy or when using oral contraceptive pills.

Hyperpigmentation tends to develop in the first trimester of pregnancy. Sometimes its appearance may be delayed until several months into the pregnancy. Usually, the hyperpigmentation will continue to progress until the baby is born. After the delivery, the dark spots tend to lighten and eventually fade away once your hormones go back to normal.


Most treatments for melasma are not safe during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. According to the dermatologists, here’s the list of ingredients to avoid during this period:

  • Prescription Retinoids – Retin-A, Accutane, Differin, Tazorac, etc.
  • Retinol
  • Beta Hydroxy Acid/Salicylic Acid
  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Hydroquinone


False Creek Skin Solution team advise all pregnant women who want to minimize skin darkening to use sunscreen on the exposed areas regardless of the weather conditions, as well as to avoid sunbathing and excessive sun exposure and wear protective clothing. If you are currently pregnant/breastfeeding or considering pregnancy in the future, take a look at our customizable skin care suggestion.

Pregnancy is an exciting time for every woman. We are here to help choosing the products that are safe to use as well as to help adjust skin care regimen. Contact us and ask for a complimentary consultation.

Mommy skin protocol

  • Cleanser (Foamacleanse or Normacleanse)
  • C-bright – Stabilized ascorbic acid (10%) to rapidly retexturize skin surface pigmentation for a brighter and more even complexion
  • Brightalive – Non-retinol skin brightener
  • Glycogent – helps purge pigmentation, brighten and even skin tone
  • Sunscreen

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