Can breastfeeding increase melasma?

Answers from doctors (2)


Robert A. Shumway, MD, FACS

Published on Nov 02, 2015

An increase in estrogen levels can worsen melasma.

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Answered by Robert A. Shumway, MD, FACS

An increase in estrogen levels can worsen melasma.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Celibre Medical Corporation

Published on Oct 30, 2015

Hello. The mechanism that causes Melasma is not well understood, but there is a strong correlation between hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause, ovarian cysts, etc. and the condition. It is very likely that if you were going to get Melasma at the time of pregnancy that you would get it during pregnancy and not just during breastfeeding. In either case, there are excellent treatment options and we use hydroquinone in liquid form to control the pigment associated with Melasma.

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Answered by Celibre Medical Corporation

Hello. The mechanism that causes Melasma is not well understood, but there is a strong correlation between hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause, ovarian cysts, etc. and the condition. It is very likely that if you were going to get Melasma at the time of pregnancy that you would get it during pregnancy and not just during breastfeeding. In either case, there are excellent treatment options and we use hydroquinone in liquid form to control the pigment associated with Melasma.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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