Weird skin week continues, with this post centered on something entirely un-diabetes related: melasma.
After Birdy was born in 2010, I noticed that my skin had some new freckle-looking things. Only they were like dalamation-esque dots of too much pigment and not-enough-pigment, and they made my face look dirty in the summer with the sun bringing out these rotten spots. I noticed but was also adjusting to motherhood so I ended up concentrating on baby instead of skin, and time continued to pass at a ridiculous speed.
Around the two year mark, my skin seemed to have calmed down. I wore sunscreen every day and was careful to avoid getting too much sun on my face. That’s kind of always been my plan.
Then, in 2015, I got pregnant again. And after my son was born, I realized that the sun-dappled chaos look had returned, bringing friends. Only it didn’t eventually fade.
Currently, the skin discoloration is still as obvious as it was the week my little Guy was born. He’ll be two next week and my skin still hasn’t gone back to normal. I look like I’m wearing a bit of a mask (right in line with the other, more common term for melasma – “mask of pregnancy.”) It’s like Majora’s mask (yaaaas Zelda), only the dermatologist confirmed diagnosis and gave me a clinical term for it last week – melasma.
According to this decent write up from Healthline, “Melasma causes patches of discoloration. The patches are darker than your usual skin color. It typically occurs on the face and is symmetrical, with matching marks on both sides of the face. Other areas of your body that are often exposed to sun can also develop melasma.” Yep. This. All of this. It’s very common in pregnant women as the hormones can crank up the symptoms. And for the last two years, it’s been very obvious on my face.
While melasma is not a health concern and it does not affect anything other than my self-esteem, I’m interested in taking steps to reduce its obviousness. The best protection is being consistent with sunscreen and sun protection, so I’m slathering on SPF 50+ and reapply all the time. And I’m trying out some samples (thanks for your kind sample policy, Sephora) of face serums to help reduce the skin discoloration. From what I’ve read, reducing the spots can take a long time, but I’m used to things that take a long time (see also: creating my son, waiting for a biological cure for diabetes, developing a system for being “organized” hahahahahaha sigh).
If you’ve dealt with melasma and have some words of wisdom, please share them. Until then, I’ll tri(to)force to control this skin mess. I’ll be sporting my wide-brimmed hat and my sunscreen and my vitamin C serums and please, Goron and send some helpful links if you have any! But I won’t click on any suspicious Links, or ones that seem Hylian usual. Thanks.