How to Get Rid of the Mask of Pregnancy
My Fight With Dark Spots and the Mask of Pregnancy
I am a mother of three beautiful children. I am also of mixed race, which I have been told is a common denominator for the mask of pregnancy. Dark spots show up more often in those with a darkish skin tone. That doesn't mean you fair skin ladies will not have an issue. During my first two pregnancies, I had no issues with the mask of pregnancy. Both of those pregnancies were boys. My 3rd pregnancy however was a little girl.
I will admit it; I am a sunoholic! I crave being outdoors—I love the lake, and I lay out frequently. This is part of my problem. See, when I was pregnant, we went to the lake a lot. I always wore sunscreen and applied extra to my belly. I made sure my stomach stayed in the sun for only a short amount of time. However, I did not do the same for my face.
About midway through my pregnancy, as Fall approached, I started noticing some mild discoloring above my lips, on the tip of my nose, and on my cheeks. At this time, it was nothing too noticeable, and I assumed it would go away once I gave birth. Boy was I wrong. By the time I had my baby girl, I had what looked like a Hitler dirt spot above my lips. It was horrible! I didn't want to pose in pictures if I thought they would take it to social media. I didn't want to look so horrible in such memorable pictures. So I stuck to staying behind the camera as much as possible.
I was a breastfeeding mom, so I had to stay away from all things chemical for the first year after I gave birth. This doesn't mean I couldn't fight the mask. Here are just a few ways you can fight the mask of pregnancy or dark spots, also!
What You Can Use to Get Rid of Dark Spots
Apple Cider Vinegar
Avon Renew Reversalist
Example of Severe Dark Spots/ Mask of Pregnancy
What to Use to Get Rid of the Mask of Pregnancy?
I started my search when my daughter was about three months old. I needed to find something that was safe for breastfeeding. I found a few, but I also found some for after breastfeeding was done.
- Lemon juice - I started out with a lemon. I cut it into 8 sections and each morning and night I would rub all over my face. After about a month I saw some minor improvement. I'm sure if I would have stayed at it longer I would have gotten better results. I am an impatient person though. I went back to the Internet and started my search over again.
- Mixture of onion and apple cider vinegar Yeah I know that sounds horrible, but what was I to do, look like I had a mustache or use something that was very stinky in hopes of a solution? I find this worked a little better than the lemon did. I soaked onion wedges in a jar of all natural apple cider vinegar overnight. I then used a wedge in the morning and at night to wipe my face down with. I saw improvement in 8 days and was very excited. I stayed at it for a coupe months with great improvement. Even though I still had a bit of a mustache I stopped doing this after a couple of months. I will admit I am horrible at sticking to doing the same thing over and over. I also had hopes of it fading out as winter was approaching.
- Glycolic peel - A friend of mine who does this type thing for a living made this suggestion. So I did my research. I went on ebay and made my purchase. I bought a starting percent of 20. Some say you can go as high as 30% the first time, but I wasn't taking any chances since I was doing this at home. I did a test spot first right below my jawline. I waited 4 days and showed no bad signs. So on day five I rolled my glycolic acid on my entire face and let it sit for one minute. I then washed it off with cold water. There was some tingling or a very mild burn but not enough to not do it again. With week one I used nothing on my face in between except water. I was too scared to put anything else on my face. On week two I read about using vinegar as a toner before the chemical peel. So on week two I washed my face with vinegar, waited for my face to dry, then applied the 20% chemical peel for 2 minutes.
I am at week 5 of this process now and think I will soon get to stop. My dark spots above my mouth is almost completely gone! My dark spots that were on my cheeks and nose are gone completely! I use vinegar nightly to wash my face. I use Avon Anew reversalist daytime cream in the mornings except the day of and after a chemical peel.
Should you see a doctor for dark spots?
While getting rid of dark spots is not easy it can be done. I prefer going natural first. I am anti chemical so I try everything I can before using man made products. Sometimes however the easy and fast solution is not natural. I really don't think the peels would have worked so well prior to using the lemon, onion, and vinegar. The natural remedies lighted the color, I believe, making it easier for the peel to work. Good luck getting rid of your dark spots. If anyone knows any other remedies please comment and let us know. There are far too many women going through this with no idea how to fix it.
If your dark spots start when you are not pregnant or they show up very quickly you may want to see a doctor. A dermatologist and a regular doctor. A dermatologist can prescribe you creams to apply to it if you want to skip the natural options. Also a regular doctor can help you rule out other causes. 2 years after originally writing this article (which has been completely changed and edited since then) I was diagnosed with Lupus, which my doctor said was a very possible cause.