What are these brown patches on my skin?
Symptoms: 6 A single brownish red patch on your back or chest which is then followed by similar patches elsewhere.
6 Brown patches usually on the sides of the neck and possibly the face, near the ears.
6 Light brown patches appearing on the sides of the face and the forehead and around the chin line during pregnancy.
It could be: 6 A mild fungal infection of the skin called pityriasis rosea. It's not harmful but is quite infectious.
6 A sensitivity to the essential oils in perfume or perfumed products.
6 Chloasma due to hormonal stimulation of the cells that produce melanin in the skin.
Stop it: 6 See your doctor who can prescribe an antifungal to successfully control the infection.
6 Avoid using perfume directly on the skin and check labels and use only perfume-free beauty products. The discolouration will disappear of its own accord.
6 There's no need for any treatment. The patches will fade and disappear in time after the birth of your baby.