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Discolored Facial Skin
DLHMN posted:
During my 3rd pregnancy I started to get some darkening of the skin on my face like my eyebrows, cheek bones and upper lip. At first I thought maybe it was because I maybe got a little too much sun but it has been almost a year and my upper lip still has an almost "stained" look to it. My cheeks and eyebrows seem to be fine now. Is there any tips you can give to help this go away?
Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
Hormonal pigmentation can persist even after pregnancy. The most important thing to do is to use a broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA and UVB) to prevent MORE discoloration. If you prefer not to see a doctor, you can start with 2% hydroquinone (available OTC- there is controversy with prolonged use of hydroquinone but the American Academy of Dermatology has deemed short courses to be safe) or a brightener with kojic acid, licorice, or soy.

Alternatively, you can consult with a dermatologist who is able to prescribe more effective medications and discuss the option of various chemical peels with you.

I hope that helps
Dr. Mohiba Tareen
Tareen Dermatology, Roseville, Minn
Castle Connoly's America's Top Cosmetic Dermatologists
Adjunct Assistant Professor Univ of MN Dept of Dermatology
igetadeal responded:
I agree with Dr. Mohiba. But i had a suggestion. You can try obagi kits. It is all in one. Any this kind of skin problem are totally solved. So try it.