Pregnancy is a time during which a woman will experience a lot of emotional and physical changes in her body. This is primarily due to the huge influx of hormones that are made by the body to support the developing baby. While this is good for the baby, some of the side-effects can be undesirable. In particular, a myriad of skin conditions can develop during and after pregnancy. While most of these problems are unavoidable, there are clinically-proven ways to mitigate some of the unwanted results.
Hyperpigmentation is the scientific term used to describe patches of skin that have become darker over time. These dark patches arise from the production of excess melanin in the skin, which can be caused by UV radiation from the Sun, skin damage, or hormonal changes. Often, hyperpigmentation has causes that aren’t due to underlying medical conditions. However, a dark spot may warrant a visit to the doctor’s office if it appears abnormal and continues to grow or change shape. In this article, we will explore some of the causes of hyperpigmentation and what one can do to prevent or reduce dark patches that form in the skin.
Summer is coming to an end and that means many people are soaking up their last rays of sunshine and squeezing in a last-minute tan. Others look for ways to stay tan all year long by using a tanning bed or having a spray-on tan. Getting the right amount of Sun is important, and there are numerous health benefits. And if you are someone with scars from surgery or injury, you may be wondering if tanning is an effective way of reducing the appearance of your scars. After all, a tan will help blend in the uneven pigmentation caused by scarring, right? Not quite.