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What Hyperpigmentation Did to my Skin

I never knew a skincare issue like Hyperpigmentation existed until I became pregnant with my kids. I knew about the condition because I noticed the skin changes on pregnant women but I didn’t research it or give much thought to it. Hyperpigmentation descended upon me whilst pregnant about 5 years ago, and then I started to experience it real life.

At first, I thought it would all disappear after delivery, but then it didn’t. Then I thought it surely go away within a few months, once I was done with breast-feeding, but it didn’t. It reduced months after delivery but it did not completely go away until my twins were around 3 years old. So it literally took me over 3 years to get my skin tone back. Can you imagine that?

For those who have never experienced Hyperpigmentation, this skincare issue occurs when melanin is overproduced in certain spots on the skin. So for me, that was on my entire face and my neck. It occurs as a result of hormonal influences, and 90% of pregnant women experience it. Women with darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation.

So you have a clear picture of what I am on about, here are some pictures for you to compare.

 

Before Pregnancy

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Hyperpigmentation Skin Issue Image

 

 

During Pregnancy

Pregnancy Picture

Pregnancy Picture

 

 

After Pregnancy

Fashion Blogger picture

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As you can see in the before, during and after pictures, my skin experienced significant changes during and after pregnancy. I must confess, I found the changes hard to deal with. I expected my skin to bounce back weeks after childbirth but it didn’t and I didn’t like the way I looked.

At first, I tried to ignore it and carry on as normal, thinking it was one of those hormonal imbalances that would just correct itself but it didn’t. So I decided to take matters into my own hands.

 

How I Dealt with my Hyperpigmentation
Suncream

I started paying more attention to my skincare. I made sure I applied as much sunscreen as required, and stayed out of the sun.

 

Exfoliate

Exfoliating once a week with the right products helped. Getting rid of the dead skin helped to brightened up my facial skin.

 

 Skincare Products

I explored various skincare products and fell in love with quite a couple.  I recently reviewed this Vitamin C Ultra Brightening Serum by The Hero Project, and it is really good. I apply it every morning and it does the trick. Another great serum is the KOSE Sekkisei Emulsion. It also contains Vitamin C, and other amazing ingredients.

 

Food Supplements

Food supplements have also helped my skin greatly. I am a huge fan of Well Woman and BioCare Supplements. Nutrient deficiencies can contribute to poor skin health. Food Supplements that may help improve skin health and appearance include:

  • Antioxidants, including vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E
  • Vitamins B3 and B5
  • Evening Primose Oil
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Zinc

 

 

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My skin is still not back to what it was 100% but it is getting there. If you suspect that you are dealing with hyper pigmentation, I would recommend you see a dermatologist for professional advise. Don’t be like me and leave it to go on for years.

Have you ever struggled with hyperpigmentation? How did you deal with it?

 

 

 

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34 responses

  1. Yes, I have PCOS and hyper pigmentation comes with the territory. I call mine, my built in contour, cause it is on my cheeks where I contour when I wear make up.

  2. I had read about hyperpigmentation during my pregnancy but wasn’t effected by it. I had no idea it could take that long for skin to start recovering. It makes me think I should pay a bit more attention to my skin x

  3. I had this before I had children really badly across my whole forehead…a fringe worked wonders. Oddly it went away when I got pregnant with my first, when in theory it should have exacerbated it

  4. Lots of great information here Stella. I had not hear of this before but it was a while ago I had my children so I can not remember if my skin was different. I love adding more vitamin C into my diet, especially in Winter.

  5. This is really, really helpful – I have a friend going through this right now with her third pregnancy and she’s at her wits end. I know she has a dermatologist appointment but I’m going to send her this post, there’s some great information here.

  6. I am not sure if I have hyper-pimentation but I know that my skin is particularly bad at the moment. I have red patches, dark spots but my skin also looks pale and lifeless at the moment. Then again I have been very unwell lately so that probably has an impact as well. Hope that the supplements and vitamins help!

  7. This is not something I have experienced thankfully but I can understand why it would make you self conscious – you look glowing in your pregnancy pics

  8. I’ve never ever heard of this before, but I am so glad it’s getting better for you. I think your skin looks so beautiful by the way! And in all your pictures, before and after you look stunning.

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