Often referred to as pregnancy mask or sun mustache melasma is a common tan patchy brown, or blue-grey skin discoloration most appearing in pregnant women. This condition typically results from sun exposure and hormonal changes those results in overproduction of pigments on the skin.
What causes melasma?
Melasma in most cases results from sun exposure and hormonal changes in women due to an imbalance in the production of estrogen and progesterone. It is thus very common during pregnancy or when one is on birth control medication, however, this is not the only cause of melasma, usually, genetics, ethnicity, and medications are contributing factors to this condition.
While melasma is harmless, it can be embarrassing and there is no question that it distracts the normal life of many. Women to be most precise are especially particular about how they look and appear having dark spots on their face as a result of melasma can be challenging. One thing that most women are concerned about is getting rid of anything that keeps them away from a lighter and fairer skin. They can do anything at all costs to get rid of melasma and other blemishes that may prevent them from reaching this objective.
How Do I Treat Melasma?
Melasma is not a form of illness typically; it can fade away on its own particularly when the trigger causing it is withdrawn. It can, however, be persistent and if you can’t wait until it fades away there are viable treatment options or preventive measures you can take to prevent melasma.
Use daily sunscreen.
Exposure to sunlight is a major trigger of melasma. Sun avoiding can be a lasting measure in preventing or controlling melasma. Start at a young age with daily sun block, avoid tanning beds and intense sun exposure can help you prevent this condition later in life. If you are already suffering from this condition sun protection can be of great help in preventing melasma from worsening.
Seek IPL foto facial laser treatment or any other medical procedures.
IPL foto facial treatment pulls skin pigmentation to the surface where they then flake off. While this can be a good solution to melasma and any basic sun damaged skin it has its own side effects. Usually, the heat from lasers can actually worsen the condition so, it is good that you first seek the services of a professional dermatologist to avoid side effects from this treatment.
Apply gentle skin care products.
For a persistent melasma, skin care products such as La Roche-Posay, NeoStrata and Heliocare can be a good solution. However when selecting these products you should first seek the help of a dermatol¬ogist, some products do irritate the skin and exacerbate melasma. Ensure that the skin care products you are using don’t sting or burn your skin. Always remember prevention is better than cure. If melasma has been giving you a hell of time, there are a myriad of remedies to this problem. At Xinh Nguyen Spa you will find a professional dermatologist who will offer help to any skin related problems. If you have skin pigmentation issues it may be melasma, brown or dark patches on your face, you can contact us for a skin biopsy and many other skin related procedures that will help restore your beauty.