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What causes dark coloration around neck during pregnancy?

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Posted on Tue, 1 Jul 2014
Question: Im 8 months pregnant (31 weeks)now taking sandocal,livogen-z,metformin and homin tablets. Once after the pregnancy i got dark skin around my neck its really black n embarassing can you suggest some ointment or cream for the reduction of blackness in neck?
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Answered by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Kindly send a good resolution picture

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Welcome and thanks for posting your query to the forum.

First of all my best wishes for future happy motherhood. Parenthood is one of the best feelings and experience in the world and you will enjoy the same after few weeks from now.

I can understand your concern for darkness around your neck. The darkness or blackish discoloration is quite a common problem in expecting females due to higher amount hormones as well as due to weight gain.

In view to help you better and to see the grade of pigmentation I request you to kindly send a good resolution picture of the affected area. You can upload the pictures by utilizing the service by yourself at the right side of the query page or you can also send the image as attachment to YYYY@YYYY , with 'Attn: Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia')

Hope to hear soon from your side.

With regards,

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD- Dermatology
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia (8 minutes later)
i have attached the pics and in my 8 month preg i gained 8 kgs. now im 78 kgs
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Answered by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Kojic acid cream; Vitamin C; Sun protection

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Welcome and thanks for your swift follow up.

After analyzing the pictures and getting related history it is confirmed that the dark areas are basically due to weight gain and excess of hormones during pregnancy.

Good news for you is that in most of the cases this pigmentation is temporary. As soon as the hormones are normalized after delivery and the reduction of weight itself causes reduced pigmentation.

In your kind of cases I suggest the females to use a cream containing Kojic acid (such as Clearz ultra). It is to be applied at night time in thinnest possible layer. A simple guiding principle is that a pea size amount is sufficient for palm size area. The cream is quite safe and can be applied during pregnancy.

Additionally I suggest you to eat a lot of vitamin C containing fruits which reduces the pigmentation naturally.

Try avoiding direct sunlight as it is one of the important factor in increasing the pigmentation.

I hope these informations will help you. I will be glad to answer any further queries or if not then can close the discussion and rate the answer.

“My best wishes for healthy baby”

With regards,

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD- Dermatology

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia (1 hour later)
can i use the cream suggested by you in the pregnancy itself? or post delivery? and also suggest some other brand creams that are safe in preg like clearz ultra.
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Answered by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia (38 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Kojic acid is safe in pregnancy

Detailed Answer:
Hello young lady,

Welcom again to the forum and thanks for your further queries.

Kojic acid is safe in pregnancy and one can very well use it during or after pregnancy and at the time of breast feeding too.

Kojic acid is present in Clearz ultra cream and Kojivit gel.

I hope these informations will help you. I will be glad to answer any further queries or if not then can close the discussion and rate the answer.

“With glowing skin wishes”

With regards,

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD- Dermatology
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes dark coloration around neck during pregnancy?

Brief Answer: Kindly send a good resolution picture Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome and thanks for posting your query to the forum. First of all my best wishes for future happy motherhood. Parenthood is one of the best feelings and experience in the world and you will enjoy the same after few weeks from now. I can understand your concern for darkness around your neck. The darkness or blackish discoloration is quite a common problem in expecting females due to higher amount hormones as well as due to weight gain. In view to help you better and to see the grade of pigmentation I request you to kindly send a good resolution picture of the affected area. You can upload the pictures by utilizing the service by yourself at the right side of the query page or you can also send the image as attachment to YYYY@YYYY , with 'Attn: Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia') Hope to hear soon from your side. With regards, Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia MD- Dermatology