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How to avoid Louise Redknapp's pregnancy skin problem

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Louise Redknapp has reportedly suffered from chloasma during pregnancy, a common problem that causes patchiness on the skin
 

15 JANUARY 2010

Ex-Eternal singer Louise Redknapp is all over the television at the moment, judging on So You Think You Can Dance, guest presenting on Something For The Weekend and also appearing with husband Jamie in between programmes as the new face of Thomas Cook holidays.

And there’s no doubting she’s looking great.

But while pregnant, Louise suffered from a common problem that can blight the most glowing complexion. And it’s one of which even celebrity mums-to-be such as Dannii Minogue, Denise Van Outen and Carly Zucker need to beware.

Chloasma used to be called the pregnancy mask because it seems to affect women most commonly while they’re expecting.

A result of hormonal changes, it causes hyperpigmentation which sees dark patches develop on the skin, exacerbated by exposure to sunlight - women taking the contraceptive pill can also develop the condition.

Louise suffered from chloasma with first son, Charley, with her skin apparently taking two years to return to normal.

The answer is to cover up as much as possible, wearing SPF and, in bright sunlight, hats that shade the face.

In terms of hiding patchy skin, specialist cosmetics are required, such as Vichy Dermablend, £18.50, a foundation cream stick that also contains SPF30.

It offers two times more covering than normal foundation, ‘holds’ for 14 hours and is resistant to perspiration and rubbing, as well as bathing. Add a dusting of powder to ‘set’ the cream and help it stay on even longer.

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