Why Is My Skin Darker Than Usual While I’m Pregnant?

Questions concerning skin discoloration is one of the most common concerns of soon-to-be mothers who visit us here at our Mentor laser cosmetic practice — from what to do with dark skin patches in their face to what exactly is going on with the dark line running down the entirety of their enlarged belly.

If you’re a woman who is currently expecting and have been asking the same questions yourself, read on below for some enlightenment about your “dark concerns”.

Melanin Has to Do With It!

You may be already familiar with the fact that certain hormonal shifts occur when you’re pregnant. Consequently, surge of certain hormones such as estrogen and progesterone can lead to elevated levels of the pigment melanin which is responsible for darkening of certain skin areas.

The following are the most common skin darkening problems during pregnancy:

  • dark splotches that can appear on the forehead, cheekbones, nose and around the lips, this is also known as the mask of pregnancy

  • dark patches on the forearms and other parts of the body that are regularly exposed to sunlight

  • areas of the body that are already dark also tends to appear darker such as the nipples, skin near or around the genitals, freckles, and scars

  • linea negra, or that dark line running from your belly button down to your pubic bone

While most of the aforementioned skin changes will most likely disappear once you’ve given birth, there are some cases when the darkened areas tend to linger. If you are currently stuck in a similar scenario, get in touch with us for a personal consultation! Call us at 440.639.3223 or fill out this contact form. We look forward to helping you!


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