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The question: I am seven months pregnant and seem to have developed a weird tan on my cheeks. Is this what my pregnancy books are referring to when they talk about the "mask of pregnancy?"
Ann's Answer: Yes, it sounds to me that what you're seeing in the mirror is the so-called "mask of pregnancy" (chloasma). Chloasma is caused by the effects of the pregnancy hormones progesterone and estrogen on the melanin cells in the skin. It tends to be more of a problem for brunettes than for blondes. If you're prone to chloasma, you can minimize its effects by avoiding intense sunlight. The pigmentation will start to disappear after you give birth and your hormone levels begin to return to their pre-pregnancy levels.