I know this is an odd question, but I need some advice. When I had Ruthie, the skin behind my ears became discolored, almost looking dirty. It went away after a year. Well, ever since I became pregnant with Randy, it is on my upper lip. It's super embarrasing. It almost looks as though I have a mustache, with brown skin. I HATE it. Randall claims he can't see it, although every time I look in the mirror it's shining bright as day at me. I know there are a lot of creams out there, and I wasn't sure if anyone has had this problem of your skin looking discolored. Any advice? It kind of looks like sun spots in a way. I just don't like to always have to wear makeup. When I go to Honduras this summer, and it'll be too hot to wear makeup, I don't want to have a mustache in every picture. I want this GONE!
I am very fair skinned and prone to noticing any slight discoloration because of it.
The advice I've gotten is always wear sunscreen, even if you're just going to be working inside on a sunny day. The sun can make discolorations more noticable.
The other thing is it could be a vitamin deficiency. Do you still take a prenatal vitamin? If not consider doing so. Many women get deficient in Vitamin D and folic acid for quite awhile, even after the baby has been born. (It can take something ridiculous like over 2-3 years for the body to truly recover from having a baby.) Some skin discolorations can be related to vitamin deficiency.
The third is also hormones. You just recently stopped breastfeeding, so the discoloration could be hanging around still because your hormones are just starting to regulate back to non-pregnant, non-lactating. If that's the case, then only time can help.
Hopefully I've given you some ideas based off of my limited exposure to skin discolorations.
a little off from the original post, but the vitamin D deficiency is a big problem according to my OB at my yearly check up a couple of days ago. They routinely check for it now. I am out in the sun a min of 30 a day, and today I got a call that said my levels were low. I also take a daily vitamin and 2 calcium chews that have Vit. D in them.
I do know that the hormones can cause some skin discoloration. I hope you get to the bottom of it soon. Good Luck
I have this very same problem!! I haven't noticed it much lately, but it was real bad after baby #3. Intersting about the vit D.
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I'll look into the vitamins. I knew the sun made it worse b/c it was horrible over the summer, and I WILL be using sunscreen. Ugh. I just feel even more unattractive with it.