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Pregnancy -- Plan of Attack for MelasmaWhen it comes to melasma, Dr. Murad says that, "pregnant women should use an SPF religiously. Sun exposure can worsen the effects of melasma." And he adds, "Another great way is to take pomegranate extract supplements -- [the fruit] has been shown to increase the SPF of topical sunscreens, plus it has great antioxidants to help fight free-radical damage."
Dr. Wu concurs and suggests that patients "look for [products containing] zinc oxide, which blocks UVA rays, the ones that contribute to skin discoloration" and following delivery (and nursing), she says that "botanical skin brighteners with ingredients like soy (such as Aveeno Positively Radiant Triple Boosting Serum, $15.99) can help lighten discoloration." And, for severe cases, Dr. Wu will sometimes "prescribe stronger fading creams (like Triluma) or chemical peels."
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