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Why am I having hyperpigmentation on my feet after pregnancy?


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Dr. Meera Premanand

Published At February 3, 2022
Reviewed AtSeptember 16, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have been struggling with dark feet for over five years. I cannot recall how the problem started. I have tried all the lightening creams, but nothing works. Peeling it will clear for a while and then go back darker. I noticed that when I was pregnant, my feet cleared fairly, and my skin was glowing, but as soon as I gave birth, it went back darker. I have attached a photo. Please advise. Thank you.


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This hyperpigmentation may need evaluation by a dermatologist, as seen in the picture (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) if it is only present on the feet. Avoid friction, irritation, irritants or chemicals, tight-fitting wear, and too much washing with soaps. You can check for any nutritional deficiencies like vitamin B12, niacin. I suggest you with depigmenting agents in the night. You can also use retinoic acid cream at night 0.05%. Also, use sunscreens regularly 3 to 4 times a day. If you are overweight or obese, reduce your weight. Do exercises, have a well-balanced diet rich in proteins, vitamin, and fiber. If it still does not subside, evaluation is needed by a dermatologist for complete examination, investigations, and treatment. I hope this helps. Consider consulting a dermatologist prescription for hyperpigmentation and receive proper evaluation, treatment, and guidance. Thank you.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

Should I meet a local dermatologist?


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

It would be better to go for a face-to-face consultation with a dermatologist for a complete examination, evaluation, management, and follow-up. I hope this helps. Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

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