Different hormones can stimulate melanin production to cause what is commonly known as the skin condition melasma. Pregnancy and the pill are two examples of hormonal changes that can cause this kind of abnormal pigmentation. Also known as the ‘mask of pregnancy’, melasma occurs in 45-75% of pregnancies. As if the pregnancy itself isn’t enough for women, they have to go through this too? The skin changes that occur are the result of increased numbers of the pigment producing cells in the skin (melanocytes). What causes these number of these cells to increase? Most agree that it is related to the increased levels of hormones in pregnancy such as Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormones, Oestrogen and Progesterone. Here at The Secret, we work with topical, prescription ingredients that fade existing melasma from the surface of the skin and prevent further melasma from forming.