Thursday, March 3, 2016

Improving Your Skin and Hair: How I got rid of my "mask of pregnancy"

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"I still have the mask of pregnancy and it has been almost a year!" I told the nurse practitioner. McKenna was nearly a year old and the nurse and I were trying to figure out what might be wrong with me. There were all sorts of mysteries, including this mask of pregnancy (officially known as Melasma) that wouldn't go away. She sympathized with me and could clearly see it there.

I later had Brinley and still the mask remained. I tried many topical items. I hoped treating my thyroid would somehow help. Nothing improved the situation. 

But the thyroid! Ugh. I was losing copious amounts of hair. You know how you lose hair after you have a baby? That was me. For a couple of years. I don't know how I still have hair, honestly. I guess it is because I started with thick hair--not so thick I have to get it thinned, but thick. After a couple of years of my body purging hair, however, it had arrived at thin. Noticeably thin. I like my hair cut in long layers and I had to start working toward eliminating that because the bottom layer looked too thin. 

One day I was at the store and looking at the vitamins. I had some time to kill while Kaitlyn was at dance class and looking at vitamins always intrigues me. As I was perusing, I saw something that caught my eye. There were a few different types of vitamins labeled "Hair, Skin, and Nails." Would this solve my hair problem?!? I had long since given up on the skin problem. I had never been one to wear foundation, but a few months earlier I started wearing it daily to help smooth the "mask of pregnancy" look. 

But the hair...there was nothing I could do to hide that. 

I figured it was worth a shot. I chose one brand (Nature Made Vitamelts Hair-Skin-Nails) and purchased it (this, by the way, was very difficult for me. I just chose a brand without reading a thousand reviews?!? What had come over me?!?). 

I started taking them daily. Within a week or two, my hair loss slowed down significantly. My husband commented on the lack of hair in the shower. I was no longer pulling handfuls out. I got my hair cut and my hair dresser said she saw a lot of new growth. Hurray!

And bonus! After 7 years, my mask of pregnancy was fading! Fading! Going away! Buh-bye! 

I started that around Halloween of last year, and today as we approach St. Patrck's Day, my mask of pregnancy is gone. The other day as I thought about how fantastic it is that I stumbled across this product, I realized I needed to share it with you all! Everything I read about how to treat this was either topical or "change your birth control pills" (which I don't use so...yeah). This is the first thing that has worked for me. I hope it can help someone else!

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